Wompatuck Ice Breaker



APRIL 30, 2006 -HINGHAM, MA– This was it, opening day of the 2006 New England control line combat season. Conditions were sunny and warm with a strong breeze, almost perfect. Ten New England pilots were on hand to get the season off to a good start. We were ready for four rounds of Formula GX Combat action.

Round one saw Jeff Vader get off to the best start posting a two cut to one win over Joe Fustolo, a very well flown match. Other good starts in round one included Neil Simpson (620 pts) and Ken Hargreaves (520 pts). Round two started with Neil getting past Jeff with a two cuts to one win. Ken then got past Paul Kubek with a two cuts to one win to keep pace. At the halfway point Neil had the lead with 1245 points followed by Ken (1145 pts) and Jeff (1125 pts). Round three started with Neil getting past Ken with a three cut win, in a match that was action packed and much closer then the final score might seem to indicate. Round three also saw Glenn Simpson post his second good win a row to move into second place, while the rest of the field bunched up right behind him. Going into round four Neil had 2075 points followed by Glenn (1545pts), Ken (1445 pts), Paul (1430 pts) and  Jeff (1325pts). Brian and Matt Stas were also close with cumulative scores in the 1200 point range. Every match in the final round would impact the final order of finish. First Rick Clark and Joe Fustolo flew to a two cuts apiece draw. Next, Shay Vader and Brian Stas flew to a one cut apiece draw. The next two matches were mid-airs, first Paul and Matt and then Ken and Jeff knocking all four pilots out of the top four. In the final match Neil Simpson earned a one cut win over his brother, Glenn, to take home the contest win. The final order of finish was Neil, Glenn, Brian Stas and Rick Clark. Brian and Rick settled third and fourth via a coin flip after finishing in a dead heat. On this day Shaylene Vader was the Sportsman division winner.

Thank You to all who shared in the judging and a special thanks to Rick Clark who CD’ed the event, secured the site and did all the great prep work that made this a fun contest.

Wompatuck Ice Breaker - Formula GX Combat
10 Contestants (8 from MA) (2 from NH)
20 Matches - 4 mid airs

(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA2695pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA    1845pts
(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA     1730pts
(A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA      1730pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA   1645pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA   1630pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH        1625pts
(A) Matt Stas-Kingston, MA     1530pts
(S) Shaylene Vader-Franklin, NH      1520pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA  1415pts

Joe Fustolo and Jeff Vader
Matt Stas and Neil Simpson
Glenn Simpson and Jeff Vader
Shaylene Vader and Brian Stas
Paul Kubek and Brian Stas
The winners were Neil Simpson (1st), Glenn Simpson (2nd), Brian Stas (3rd), Rick Clark (4th) and Shaylene Vader (1st Sportsman)
Rick Clark and Ken Hargreaves
Above, Brian Stas (left) and Matt Stas (right) demostrate their launching techniques
Photos courtesy of Ken Hargreaves and Gail Kubek
Ken and Kirk Hargreaves
Shay's Machine