We had a good day of racing in central Kansas on Saturday. 10 rounds of action at two different slopes made up the competition.
We started the day with a southwest wind and raced 4 rounds of thermal lottery at the German Caves. The Caves are a 200 plus foot limestone bluff facing southwest. Jeff had good air and a good plane in his Image for the light, thermally conditions and set the early pace. If the competition had ended there he’d have been the king.
|Erik’s Banana at the Caves.
|Merrel rounding Base B at the Caves.
About 2PM the wind had shifted enough southeast to go the main slope at Wilson Lake, site of the Midwest Slope Challenge, and resume the competition. We flew an additional 6 rounds there and for the final standings combined both venues into a single score. 10 rounds with one throw out. At the end of the day Greg narrowly edged out Jack with Mike third.
Kudos to Jack who was really competitive with a 60-inch MiniBlade. He was consistently flying the shortest course possible and wringing that little plane for all it was worth and if that weren’t enough for the MiniBlade, he proceeded to wrap it up fast in the DS groove at the dam after the event.
Merrel and Mike both broke into the 50’s with Mike having a fastest round.
Pat and Randy traded off with Randy’s Nemesis after Pat’s Tragi suffered a cracked tail boom while Pat also used his ODR Fun-1 for some good times.
Erik and Chance flew fast but a bit long on the course. With some practice they will be in the hunt.
All Jeff needs to be very competitive is a more capable plane. The Image shined in the light air but suffered when the wind at the lake came up and was crossing the slope at up to 30 degrees.
Me missed Mr.Clean at the Lake slope but he will be back for the next one!
In 10 rounds there were 5 guys who had fasted time for the round. Everyone had a blast and this was the largest turnout we’ve had for an F3F in Kansas with 12 registered and 10 actually racing. Several guys experienced their first event and showed marked improvement over the day. Here’s hoping for more participation in the future.
We are going to try to get in more racing on Sunday. We’ll see how it goes.
Scoring Results For: Kansas July F3f
10 Rounds Flown
1 Throw Out Allowed
Fastest Time: Greg Smith – 55.36
Overall Pilot Name Total
1 Greg Smith 8518.74
2 Jack Cooper 8501.75
3 Mike Bailey 8242.41
4 Pat McCleave 7955.51
5 Jeff B 7914.71
6 Merrel Anderson 7830.27
7 Randy McCleave 7757.26
8 Erik Eaton 7530.07
9 Chance Cooper 6700.38
10 Bill Crane 3141.91 (4 rounds)