Eastern Mass Championships



AUGUST 11&12, 2007-– MIDDLEBORO, MA - Eight contestants participated in this year’s Eastern Mass Championships. The weather was warm, not hot, with low humidity. This was a two-day event, first up was Formula GX combat.

In round one action Joe Fustolo set the pace with 620 points, however, everyone was very much within striking distance. Round two saw everyone stay bunched with a lot of low scoring matches. Brian Stas used a round three two cut win over Jeff Vader to separate himself from the field, meanwhile, Neil Simpson used a one cut win over Joe Fustolo to stay in the hunt.

Going into round four it was Brian with 1755 points followed by Neil with 1640 points. Joe, Jeff and Rick Clark were all bunched together with scores in the 1200 point range. This event would come down to the final three flights. In the first of these Rick and Paul Kubek flew to a one cut apiece draw. In the next match Neil got an airtime win over Jeff. In the finals Brian and Joe battled hard and tight for several minutes. Brian got an early cut, however, he took the whole streamer which forced him to run for the remainder of the match. Joe got one cut back but in the end had to settle for a one cut apiece draw. The final order of finish was Brian, Neil, Joe and Rick.

On Sunday we were back to fly F2D Combat. There were seven competitors. After two rounds of action five were left and as the next round wore on only three remained. Ken Hargreaves and Neil Simpson were undefeated while Greg Wornell had one defeat. This set up a battle royal between Neil and Greg that was definitely action filled and exciting. When the scores were tabulated Neil had survived it setting up the finals between Neil and Ken with someone having to win twice. Neil managed to squeak past Ken in both matches which were exciting, well flown and closely contested.

Thank You to Rick Clark, who cd’ed this event, and Thank You to the Wingbuster Model Airplane Club for allowing us to use their fine facility.

Eastern Mass Championships
Formula GX Combat
6 Contestants (5 from MA) (1 from NH)
12 matches - 2 mid airs

(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA2265pts
(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA  2160pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA    1730pts
(A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA        1725pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA      1625pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH          1420pts  

F2D Combat  (7 contestants)

Neil Simpson    5 wins – 0 losses
Ken Hargreaves3 wins – 2 losses
Greg Wornell    2 wins - 2 losses
Rick Clark       1 win – 2 losses
Jeff Vader         1 win – 2 losses
Brian Stas       0 wins – 2 losses
Paul Kubek       0 wins – 2 losses

The GX Trophy winners were Brian Stas (1st), Neil Simpson (2nd),
Joe Fustolo (3rd) and Rick Clark (4th).
The F2D winners were Neil Simpson (1st), Ken Hargreaves (2nd) and Greg Wornell (3rd)

photos below courtesy of Jeff Vader