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World Class Championship - Day Ten Report

Tuesday, 30 June, looked like it was either going to be heaven or hell as it began with a little excitement. We had been using three tow planes to get the field airborne.  During the first wave of launches, one of the tow planes lost power on take off roll and had to abort.  It was later discovered that ducting from the air cleaner to the carburetor had collapsed starving the engine for air.  Teams of volunteers spread out to search Moriarty Airport for some new ducting. After about an hour, ducting was located and the tow plane was put back into service.  Although the launch was a little slower than usual, all racers were able to make it airborne, but not without some more excitement. The excitement was bought on by a thunderstorm that passed over the field and caused a hold in the middle of the launch. 

The task was to be a start from Moriarty, to Lamy Junction, to Claunch and back to Moriarty.  Once the race started, the weather began to close in and the Contest Director had to call for a “Safety Finish” due to multiple heavy rain showers in all quadrants.  All five racers were able to complete the shortened task, which meant no land outs!  During the recovery the skies opened up in Moriarty. Even though we need the rain, it presented a challenge to the racers.

Patrick Tuckey (4K) won the day with 204 miles at 59 mph.  Francois Pin (FP)came in second 180 miles at 52 mph and John Savage (4JS) was third at 173 miles at 49 mph. After seven days of racing, Bill Snead holds a 105 point lead over Patrick Tuckey, with Francois Pin safely in third place.

Posted: 6/30/2009


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