The weather was nice an warm for the April 2010 races. There was a bit of wind that did change direction (180 degrees) midway through the racing.Glow:
We had 5 people show up for the glow class. Mel brought his Picco with a brand new highly modified shaft (larger). It ran pretty good but the plane had a hard landing in the pre-race trim flights. This meant Mel was not racing today... that was a bummer since another plane would have made it that much funner. The first three rounds were ran resulting in Ron finishing first in all three, Mike running consistently, I had a tough first round but pulled it together for the remaining rounds. Marty cut out of the first two rounds but finally got it all together after that. We then took a break while the first three rounds of E-200 were ran. The final three rounds ran well by Marty and me but Ron had engine and receiver problems in all three rounds. In the 5th round he was having radio issues and he didn't want to potentially lose his plane in the final round so he bowed out of round 6. Mike had a hard landing in Round 5 which resulted in a little plane damage and was also out of the final round. The best glow race of the day was the last one. Just Marty and I. I cut pylon 1 at lap 2 or 3. Marty then ran a little wide to keep from cutting and I flew as tight as I could. I passed him on my 11th lap coming out of pylon 3 while he was finishing his 10th lap to steal the win! It really helps to be flying a good GZ (mine) against a worn out VA (Marty). I finished with the most points in April followed by Marty, Ron and Mike. As of only two races, I'm still in the lead with everyone else pretty close behind.
We had 10 pilots racing in April. Marty and Kimberly were both running very good all day. They all made very few mistakes which resulted in wins. Spencer, Mark and I all ran pretty good too, but just couldn't keep it all together on the course for all 10 laps. Jeff really improved this month and got better and better as the day progressed. Mike, Lloyd and Dale also flew well but the multiple zeros really hurt their scores. I am positive that those scores will improve as the year progresses! Ron had two E-200 planes at the start of the day. Before the races even started one aileron servos in one of the planes stopped working. Then in the first round he burned up a motor and was done for the day. Smaller prop next month and you'll be winning the races.
There were numerous competitive heats! All three heats in Round 4 were tight. In Heat A, Kimberly, Marty and I all were within 20-30 feet of each other the whole race with the lead swapping positions on every lap. That was race was definitely the highlight of my day. Heat B had Jeff and Spencer battling it out with Spencer just pulling out the victory. Heat C had Mark, Mike and Lloyd racing each other. This was another tight race with all three sharing the lead and flying close to each other. Mike actually finished first but had a single cut. Mark and Lloyd were just a few feet away at the finish line. Very nice racing! I attached a video camera to the top of my wing for my race in Round 5 (see attached video). Unfortunately I flew all over the course... I'll try it again next month and hopefully stay in the course the whole race.
The winner for the day was again Marty with Kimberly only a single point behind. Two points behind Kimberly is a three way tie for third between Spencer, Mark and myself. The season totals show Marty in first, Kimberly just a single point behind and Spencer in third.
Next race is May 8th. See you all there!
Video of my plane in a race against Kimberly and Jeff.