3Rs air race update
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