MAY 6 & MAY 7, 2006 - MIDDLEBORO, MA – Again, this year, the Wingbuster Spring Kick Off was a two day affair featuring Formula GX combat on Saturday and F2D combat on Sunday. The weather was great both days.
On Saturday morning the GX event got off to a fast start with Glenn Simpson, Neil Simpson and Joe Fustolo showing the way with good round one scores, however all that was for not when all three pilots had round two matches that ended in mid-airs. At the halfway point it was still anyone’s contest for the taking. Round three saw both Neil and Joe re-assert themselves each posting a three cut win. Going into the final round Neil had 1855 points, followed by Joe with 1655 points with Rick Clark, Jeff Vader and Brian Stas just off Joe’s pace.
The final three matches of the final round would determine the outcome. In the first of these matches Brian got past Glenn Simpson with a one cut win. Next Jeff and Rick squared off, Jeff got two cuts early and then crashed missing the last two airtimes. It was just enough to squeak out the match win and a fourth place finish. In the final match Joe and Neil went toe to toe for the full five minutes with Neil just squeaking out the win in an action packed affair. The final order of finish was Neil (2475pts), Joe (1955pts), Brian (1945pts), and Jeff (1865pts).
On Sunday, we were back to fly F2D Combat. As the day unfolded there were a lot of good matches, as everyone was flying very well at the end , after showing signs of rust in the early matches. When it was over Mark Rudner took first, Ken Hargreaves second and Matt Stas third. Mark Rudner, particularly towards the end of the day, was showing his world class form with both Ken and Matt clearly better then the rest us pretenders.
Thank You to Rick Clark who cd’ed this contest and did a lot of work behind the scenes to bring it to fruition. Thank You to the Wingbuster Model Airplane Club for the use of their great facility.
Wingbuster Spring Kick Off
Formula GX Combat
7 contestants (5 from MA )( 2 from NH )
14 matches ( 2 mid-airs )
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA2475pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA 1955pts
(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA 1945pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH 1865pts
(A) Rick Clark – Hingham, MA 1830pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA 1330pts
(S) Shaylene Vader-Franklin, NH 1200pts
7 contestants ( 6 from MA ) ( 1 from NH )
1.Mark Rudner-Cambridge, MA4 wins / 1 loss
2.Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA 3 wins / 2 losses
3. Matt Stas Kingston, MA 3 wins / 2 losses
4. Rick Clark, Hingham, MA 2 wins / 2 losses
5. Brian Stas, Kingston, MA 0 wins/ 2 losses
6. Neil Simpson, E.Brookfield, MA 0 wins/ 2 losses
7. Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH 0 wins / 2 losses
Joe Fustolo is training a new generation of Fustolos - Those are Joey's sons enjoying there first exposure to control line combat.
The GX winners were Neil Simpson ( 1st ), Joe Fustolo (2nd), Brian Stas (3rd),
Jeff Vader (4th) and Shay Vader ( 1st sportsman)
Most of the following photos, all the good ones, were taken by Shay Vader
Rick Clark and Joe Fustolo do some judging.
Jeff Vader and Brian Stas work on Jeff's machine
Rick Clark and Joe Fustolo have Rick's entry ready for a match.
Jeff with his pretty machine.
Jeff and Shaylene Vader.
Jeff Vader and Brian Stas
Brian Stas and Joe Fustolo have one of Brian's pretty airplanes ready to go