New England Championships


AUGUST 31, 2014-HALIFAX, MA -This year’s New England Championships was the twenty fifth annual running of this very successful Formula GX event. The location, again this year, was the Wingbuster club field in Halifax, Massachusetts. The grounds were manicured and very green. The weather was warm, humid and partly cloudy with a fairly strong breeze. 

Round one saw Chris Sarnowski get off to the best start posting a three cut win over Joe Fustolo in a very well flown match where Joe posted two cuts of his own. Brian Stas and Neil Simpson posted two cut wins of their own finishing round one in close pursuit of Chris. In round two Brian scored a two cut to one win over Chris while Joe was getting past Neil by the same margin of victory. At the half way point Brian had the lead with 1350 points followed closely by Chris, Joe and Neil all within two to three hundred points of the leader. In round three Brian and Joe flew to a low scoring draw while Neil and Chris did only slightly better flying to a one cut apiece draw. Going into the final round Brian had 1660 points followed by Chris with1640 points, Neil with 1535 points and Joe still in the mix with 1440 points. In Joe’s final match he flew Paul Kubek to a low scoring draw while Chris was earned a 625 two cut win over the same opponent. in the semi-final match. In the last match Brian and Neil flew to a 510 point draw. When the dust settled Chris had finished in first place , Brian was second and Neil third. 

The top three flyers received beautiful awards. Thank you, as always, to the Wingbusters Model Airplane Club for allowing us to use their fine facility. It truly is combat heaven.

New England Championships
Formula GX Combat
5 contestants 
10 matches - no mid-airs 

(A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA2265pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA2170pts 
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA2045pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA1850pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA1410pts

The top three were Chris Sarnowski (1st), Brian Stas (2nd) and Neil Simpson (3rd)

photos courtesy of Paul Kubek