The North County Shootout




OCTOBER 10, 2010 – LEOMINSTER, MA – Nine contestants were on hand to participate in this annual event. The weather conditions were clear and seasonably warm with a  moderate wind. Add in the fact that the fall foliage was at or near peak and you definitely had an enjoyable New England day. A good day for GX  combat.

At the end of round one, Joe Fustolo and  Neil Simpson had the early lead each posting 725 point, two cut wins.  In round two Neil and Joe faced off against each other with Joe out battling  Neil in a very well flown match. In the next match Chris Sarnowski and Brian Stas flew to a one cut apiece draw to post their second good score of the contest. At the halfway point Joe had the clear lead followed by Brian, Chris and  Neil at 1130 points. The Shermans, Dick and Richard were also close both sitting at 1025 points.
Round three started with Brian and Joe mid-airing early in their match. In the second round three match Chris and Neil flew to a one cut apiece draw. In the next match Dick and Richard faced off in a match that ended in a mid-air hurting both their cumulative scores. Round three also saw Jake Vader get a two cut win over his dad, Jeff, and move into contention in the process. Going into round four it was Neil and Chris at 1640 points, Joe at 1550 points, Jake at 1525 points, Brian at 1230 points and Richard at 1225 points. It would come down to the final three matches. In the first of these matches Richard and Jake faced off and these two young pilots put on good show, a five minute war with Richard earning the win and the clubhouse lead in the process. In the next match Neil earned a one cut win over Brian and when Joe and Chris flew to a one cut apiece draw in the finals it proved to be enough to give Neil the win followed by Chris, Joe and Richard. Jeff Vader, who was coming on at the end, fished fifth followed closely by Jake. Richard’s fourth place overall also earned him the Sportsman “gold”.

Following the GX portion of the contest seven pilots signed up for a “One N Done” shootout. These fly-offs are great fun. In the final Dick Sherman out battled  Neil Simpson to win the shootout..

Thanks go out to Lloyd Seymour who promoted and CD’ed this annual event. Also a special Thank You to Lloyd’s wife, Cheryl, who invited us back to her house, at day’s end, for food and drink. Cheryl also sent every contestant home with one of her great apple pies. Thank You Cheryl, we don’t deserve to be treated this well..

The North County Shootout
Formula GX Combat
9 contestants (7 from MA) (2 from NH)
18 matches -2 mid airs

(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA 2260pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA2150pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA   2060pts
(S) Richard Sherman-Andover, MA     1950pts
(E) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH         1850pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH       1825pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA  1745pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA      1530pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA    1200pts

One N Done Shootout
Single Elimination Speed Limit Combat
7 contestants

Dick Sherman 2-0
Neil Simpson  1-1
Joe Fustolo     0-1
Chris Sarnowski      0-1
Richard Sherman    0-1
Brian Stas      0-1
Jeff Vader       0-1

Photos courtesy of Jeff Vader
The trophy winners are Neil Simpson (1st), Chris Sarnowski (2nd), Joe Fustolo (3rd)
and  Richard Sherman (1st Sportsman)
The "One N Done" Shootout winner was Dick Sherman