RAEC 3Rs air race re­sults

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The two air races held at Bec­cles air­field in Suf­folk over 2-3 Septem­ber were the last of the 2017 sea­son (as Alder­ney un­for­tu­nately had to be can­celled). Pi­lots there­fore not only con­tested the Air­borne and Mer­lin tro­phies but the race re­sults also de­cided the out­come of the 2017 Bri­tish and Euro­pean Air Race Cham­pi­onships.

Satur­day’s race was won by Do­minic Crossan with nav­i­ga­tor Guy Hook in Dom’s Van’s RV-6, with Matt Sum­mers and nav­i­ga­tor Sean Roberson sec­ond in a Van’s RV-8, and Dave Moor­man third fly­ing solo in his CAP 10B. On Sun­day, the Mer­lin Tro­phy — nor­mally a pre­cur­sor to the Sch­nei­der Tro­phy which was to have been run at Alder­ney — was won by Matt and Sean, with Ian Hard­ing a solo sec­ond in his RV-4, and Ge­of­frey Boot and his nav­i­ga­tor wife Suzie third in a SIAIMarchetti SF.260W.

When all the com­pli­cated sums had been done (pi­lots can drop some of their least favourable re­sults), the win­ners of both the Bri­tish and Euro­pean Air Race Cham­pi­onships 2017 were de­clared to be Do­minic Crossan and Guy Hook, crown­ing a sea­son of pre­cise and con­sis­tent fly­ing.

The Bec­cles races also in­tro­duced dis­abled pi­lot David Keene to air rac­ing in his spe­cially adapted Scot­tish Avi­a­tion Bull­dog 121. David loved the ex­pe­ri­ence and plans to race again in 2018. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing up this ex­cit­ing sport should go to www.roy­alae­ro­clu­br­rra.co.uk.

Left to right: Sean Roberson and Matt Sum­mers, Dave Moor­man, Cham­pi­onship win­ners Do­minic Crossan and Guy Hook, Ian Hard­ing, Ge­of­frey Boot and Suzie Boot

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