New England Championships


SEPTEMBER 6, 2009-WORCESTER, MA -This year’s New England Championships attracted eleven pilots for the twentieth annual running of this very successful Formula GX happening. The location was Boynton Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The weather was near perfect, warm not hot, with low humidity.

Brian Stas got off  to the best round one start posting a two cut win. Paul Kubek was close posting a one cut win. In round two Brian and Paul flew to a low scoring draw allowing Joe Fustolo to assume the contest lead by virtue of a two cut round two win. Glenn Simpson and Lloyd Seymour also got two cut round two wins and climbed into contention in the process. Round three started with Joe and Brian flying to a 510 point draw. In the next match Glenn and Lloyd had a match that ended in a fly-away hurting both their cumulative scores. Meanwhile, Paul Kubek and Dick Sherman, were flying steady and emerged as contenders at the end of round three. Going into the final round it was Joe (1655pts), Brian (1545pts),Paul (1440pts), Dick (1235pts) and Glenn (1225pts). The final three flights of the contest would prove meaningful. In the first of these Glenn got a one cut win over Jeff Vader to take the clubhouse lead. In the semi-final Dick got a one-cut win over Brian while the final saw Joe get past Paul with an airtime win. When it all shook out the top six were Joe (2175pts), Dick (1855pts), Brian and Glenn tied (1845pts), Paul(1640pts) and Lloyd (1635pts). In a fly-off for third place Brian and Glenn each got a cut, however, when Glenn missed an airtime Brian earned the win. Jake Vader took home the Sportsman “gold” edging out Richard Sherman in a very close day long battle.

The top three flyers plus the sportsman winner received beautiful awards. Every competitor received a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in this annual GX happening. In addition, every pilot also received a raffle prize which included an  Oriental ARF, a Magnum 36 XL engine, a ready to fly airplane, fuel, Gotcha t-shirts, a laser cut kit,  GRW tanks and wing cores. GRW Model Products, J&J Sales, The Corehouse, Hog Heaven Hobbies and the Connecticut Ringer Model Airplane Club all made serious cash or merchandise contributions. Thank You to all these great sponsors from all of us. A special thank you to Ken Hargreaves who donated a Viko 1/2A RTF with engine, lines and props along with a gallon of fuel to the raffle. Thank You to Joe Fustolo, Lloyd Seymour, Paul Kubek, Brian Stas and everyone else who shared in the judging of this event. We couldn’t have contests, like this, without people willing to step up and do that thankless job.

New England Championships
Formula GX Combat
11 contestants ( 8 from MA ) (3 from NH )
22 matches-3 mid-airs

(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA 2175pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA1855pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA    1845pts * won fly-off
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA  1845pts * lost fly-off
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA  1640pts
(E) Lloyd Seymour-Leominster, MA         1635pts
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA          1430pts
(E) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH              1420pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH            1220pts
(S) Richard Sherman-Andover, MA   1210pts
(E) Jim Carpenter -Salem, NH            910pts

The trophy winners are Joe Fustolo (1st), Dick Sherman (2nd), Brian Stas (3rd
and Jake Vader (1st Sportsman)

photos courtesy of Jeff Vader