Offshore Model Racing News
STEWART RAE with a round-up of what is happening in 2010
Hove Lagoon - Sunday 14th March 2010
Racing consisted of two 20 minute heats in each class and with 37 boats entered, which was 45% less than in 2009 and possibly caused by the unrest within OMRA, but there was still a fair representation in all the racing classes.
Junior member Shannen Wilkinson drove her Aasvogel CMB 21 into third spot with a total of 61 laps. Alan Thompson retired his Challenger 43 CMB 21 part way through Heat Two with engine problems as did Ted Aggett again running a Challenger 43 CMB 21 towards the end of heat one with a snapped con-rod which had broken at its big end. Ian Searle’s Challenger 43 CMB 21 was another to retire during the first heat but after 5 laps in the second, this was enough for sixth place and a few points.
It was a close-run thing as 79, 77 & 75 laps took the top three spots in this popular class of racing. Top honours went to Alan Thompson’s Challenger 48 CMB 45 with consistent 39 and 40 lap scores in the two heats. One lap behind Alan in both of the heats was Jessica Bridgman driving her Crusader II CMB 45 which had been expertly repaired by her dad Richard after its recent crash at the Willen Winter Series third race. Tony Ellis took 75 laps and third place with his Warhawk CMB 45. Dave Clay had to retire his Warhawk CMB 45 after a collision with something submerged around Buoy Four ripped the drive shaft out of the boat, but the five quick laps he managed was good enough for eighth place. Another competitor to retire early from the race was Ian Searle who noticed on his second lap that the engine aboard his Manta Ray was well down on power and it didn’t sound quite right. Later investigation revealed a crack in the crankcase of the CMB 45. Alan Storey was the third to retire his Manta Ray CMB 45 after 10 laps in Heat One
Ryan Bird (J) ran a consistent 23 and 24 laps to lift the first place trophy with a Challenger 48 CMB 67 on loan from Ted Aggett, just two laps ahead of the Warhawk CMB 67 of seasoned competitor Tony Ellis. Richard Haydock took the third spot and unusual for his beautifully turned out Warhawk CMB 67, there were a few glitches that saw a lap total of 36 laps, a lot lower than would normally be expected. Geoff Thompson retired his Donzi 49 CMB 67 after just six laps and Andy Rennie brought his Crusader II in at the end of lap one with signs of detonation on the head button of the CMB 65. New bearings, head button and plug for that motor then!
Richard Haydock made up for his dismay in B Class to take the win in this class and also the highest laps of the day trophy by clocking up 89 laps with his very quick Phantom 145 CMB 90. Not far behind was Geoff Thompson driving his Giant Apache CMB 91 RS to a total of 86 laps with Danny Bell driving his Phantom 145 CMB 91 into a well earned third place.
Dave Palmer who normally runs in D Class had a go at C Class with a Pacer 60 carrying a CMB 90 but retired it after just 24 laps. Another to retire was Arther Preou who just couldn’t get his Phase II CMB 90 to run properly.
Anyway back to D Class and Dave Palmer who normally has an excellent race managed just 16 laps in heat one before retiring his boat. Ian Folkson’s Sigma Mod CMB 26 managed just 4 laps near the end of the first heat and he then went on to retire from the day’s racing.
Conclusion and prize giving
Highest laps of the day trophy went to Richard Haydock and his Phantom 145 CMB 90 and Concours d’Elegance was won by Andy Davies Ocean 52 CMB 91.
And now for something completely different; well almost!
The set up:
Next issue I shall be reporting on this first NOMRA event at Telford plus more about the people behind NOMRA so be sure to get your copy of Model Boats to check out all the fun we’ve been having.
Cheers for now, Scoop.
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