Eastern Mass Finale
NEIL SIMPSON, CHRIS SARNOWSKI
AND MATT STAS TAKE THE TOP THREE SPOTS
NOVEMBER 11, 2012-HALIFAX, MA- Seven contestants were on hand for this GX event, re-scheduled from earlier in the fall due to a series of rainouts. The date choice, this time, was a good one. The weather was unbelievably warm and sunny. The day started as sweatshirt weather, however by late morning a tee shirt was very adequate. A great day for our final 2012 contest.
The contest started quickly with what would prove to be the best match of the day between Matt Stas and Neil Simpson. The action started early and accelerated at the mid-point as the pilots chased each other through postage stamp size maneuvers. It should have ended in a one cut apiece draw, however, a line tangle late, where Matt hit the ground, gave Neil an airtime win. Chris Sarnowski was the only other pilot to post a respectable score in round one, earning a one cut win over Paul Kubek. In round two Chris and Neil flew to a one cut apiece draw in a hard fought well flown match. At the halfway point Chris and Neil were tied at 1130 cumulative points apiece with everyone else way behind due to a unusually high number of early mid-airs. Round three started with Neil getting an airtime win overt Brian Stas when Brian suffered a crash early due to a pushrod failure. In the next match Chris and Rick Clark flew to a one cut apiece draw. This left Chris in a virtual tie just ten points off the pace set by Neil. After a bad start this was Rick’s second good score of the contest pulling himself into contention in the process. Round three also saw Paul and Matt earn 600 point plus wins putting themselves in the hunt as well. Round four started with Rick and Ken Hargeaves flying to one cut apiece draw. This was Rick’s third 500 point plus score, in a row, and it initially looked like it might be good enough for third place. In the next match, however, Matt and Chris faced off. Matt was working on a comeback of his own posting a two cut win and earning third place in the process. In the final Neil and Paul were matched up Neil securing the contest win with an airtime victory over Paul. When the scores were tabulated Neil was first, Chris second, Matt third and Rick fouth.
Thank you to the Wingbuster MAC for allowing us to use their fine facility and for inviting us back to use their flying site again next year. Plans are in the works for six Formula GX events, four F2D contests and a stunt oriented fun-fly in 2013. This facility is combat heaven, very green, manicured like a golf couse, wIth parking and shade in the pit area.
Eastern Mass Finale
Formula GX Combat
14 matches ( 3 mid-airs )
(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA 2170pts (A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA1940pts (E) Matt Stas-Kingston, MA 1745pts (A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA 1630pts (A) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA 1410pts (A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA 1325pts (E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA 1010pts
The top finishers were Neil Simpson (1st), Chris Sarnowski (2nd) and Matt Stas (3rd)