3Rs air race up­date

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

Demon­strat­ing its Euro­pean cre­den­tials, the Royal Aero Club Records Racing & Rally As­so­ci­a­tion’s fourth round of air races was hosted by the Aéro­club at the de­light­ful Abbeville-buigny Baie de Somme air­field on 15/16 July. Tro­phies on of­fer were the Michel Doré on Satur­day, and the Bat­tle of Bri­tain on Sun­day.

In pleas­ant Satur­day weather, eleven pi­lots com­peted over the four-lap course to­talling 96nm. Seven air­craft crossed the finish line within 25 sec­onds, with vic­tory going to Do­minic Crossan in his RV-6, with nav­i­ga­tor Guy Hook. Se­cond was Dave Moor­man, solo in his CAP 10B, with hus­band and wife team Ge­of­frey and Susie Boot placed third in their Siai-marchetti SF.260W.

An ad­di­tional tro­phy — the Bruce and Ian Hook Cel­e­bra­tion Tro­phy — was to be awarded by Guy Hook in com­mem­o­ra­tion of his long-stand­ing racing pi­lot fa­ther, Bruce Hook (race num­ber 305), and his brother Ian, who were sadly killed in an avi­a­tion ac­ci­dent in 2007. The tro­phy was to go to the pi­lot ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the highest to­tal points from the two races but, un­for­tu­nately, the weather changed for the worse on the Sun­day, with low cloud ne­ces­si­tat­ing the race can­cel­la­tion on safety grounds. Poignantly, this meant the com­mem­o­ra­tion tro­phy went to Do­minic and Guy him­self.

The next race week­end is at Shob­don on 12/13 Au­gust, for the Stew­ard’s Tro­phy and the King’s Cup.

L-r: Susie Boot, Ge­of­frey Boot, Guy Hook, Do­minic Crossan, Dave Moor­man

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