Sherburn In Elmet Round 2 in 2012
On May 5th & 6th we saw the 3R's racing up north at Fabulous Sherburn-in-Elmet. The splendid weekend was hosted once again by the Sherburn Aero Club, who went to great lengths to ensure everything ran smoothly and efficiently. Weather had threatened the weekend's racing all week, but as it turned out all our fears were in vain, as we enjoyed cold but nevertheless dry and bright conditions.
With many of our regulars absent, it was hardly difficult for racers to score high championship points. Eight racers provided the entertainment on Saturday with only seven competing in the Sunday race. The weekend saw some of the closest racing for a while proving once again that our latest handicap program is providing exciting finishes.
Saturdays race, The Paul Walker Commemorative Trophy, was the 3rd round in the British Air Racing Championship. The 8 aircraft, including newbie Martin Luton, battled it out over the 25 mile course. 4 laps and just over an hour later veteran racer Geoff Boot, romped home first in his SF260. A technicality had given him a very beneficial handicap, resulting in him crossing the line well ahead of the field. The remaining aircraft passed the line in very close succession, with Mark Turner in his Vans RV7 picking up second spot and Roderick Morton 3rd. The Sunday race, The Ginger Lacey Trophy, was run in similar conditions with a slightly different outcome.
Roderick Morton managed to move up the field sufficiently to gain the victory and Martin Luton flew his Jabaru to a magnificent second place in only his first air race weekend. Mark Turner gained another podium position by finishing a close third.
All in all a great weekend's racing. Sincere thanks to all at Sherburn for all their enthusiasm and support.
Tim J Wassell Chairman