3Rs Air rac­ing up­date

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In the event, only seven­teen air­craft took off, as one racer’s brake caught fire on the run­way but was swiftly dealt with by the fire crew and moved out of the way so the race could go ahead just ten min­utes late. After just over 100nm over three laps, first to fin­ish was Rod­er­ick Mor­ton in his Lake Am­phib­ian. But thanks to the hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem, Rod­er­ick ac­tu­ally came fifth and Haver­ford­westres­i­dent Bob El­lis (2015 Bri­tish & Euro­pean Air Rac­ing Cham­pion) was de­clared the win­ner of the Gower Cup in his home­built Van’s RV8.

Sadly, the weather did not hold and rain forced the can­cel­la­tion of Sun­day’s Goodyear Tro­phy race, with sev­eral air­craft re­main­ing in the hangar as rac­ers made their way home by other means or stayed on to fly out on Mon­day. Next races are at Comp­ton Ab­bas on 9/10 July. PPL/NPPL/LAPL li­cence holder aged un­der 35, to help them tran­si­tion from typ­i­cal fly­ing club nose­wheel de­signs to older tail­wheel types, po­ten­tially open­ing the door to fly­ing a wider range of vin­tage and clas­sic types.

An ap­pli­ca­tion form can be down­loaded from the VAC web­site at vin­tageair­craft­club.org.uk

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