2009 Welsh Open
18-20 Sept 2009
Fifty of the best
Boasting some of the fastest F3F slopes in the UK, the Welsh Open is one of the highlights of the F3F calendar and attracts some of the best pilots from Europe and beyond. This year, fifty pilots entered from as far afield as Spain, France, Norway, Switzerland. The farthest travelled was C. M. Cheng from Hong Kong.
Good start, but could it last?
Friday morning saw fifty pilots assembled on the north slope with their models. The competition got off to a cracking start with several sub-40's in the first round. In fact, some of us dared to believe that we might be in for a classic competition. Sadly it was not to be, as the wind deserted us on Saturday and Sunday, with zero rounds flown on both those days.
Fortunately, thanks to the usual efficient organisation, five solid rounds were flown on the first day which is of course enough for a result, and those of us who were fortunate enough to have lightweight models enjoyed some excellent sport/thermal flying off the Wrecker.
Results (five rounds, one discard)
So it was that the Day One results stuck, with young Graham Reed ending up the winner.
1 Graham Reed 3781 26 Julian Perrott 3287 2 Bjorn Tore Hagen 3750 27 Andy Burgoyne 3285 3 Simon Thornton 3681 28 Peter Gunning 3284 4 Cedric Grandseigne 3675 29 Jesus Herrera Borrego 3281 5 Iñaki Elizondo 3665 30 Gary Harrison 3267 6 Kevin Newton 3633 31 Keith Wood 3266 7 John Phillips 3631 32 Paul Middleton 3262 8 Gerardo Plaza 3630 33 Andy West 3253 9 Greg Dakin 3590 34 Dave Watson 3245 10 Paul Garnett 3589 35 Tom Macpherson 3239 11 Mike Evans 3574 36 Mick Walsh 3210 12 José Luis Alvarez Fernandez 3570 37 Mike Shellim 3197 13 Alvaro Silgado 3527 38 Warrick Smith 3193 14 Mark Redsell 3526 39 Jon Edison 3189 15 Joel West 3508 40 Iain Rose 3159 16 Pierre Rondel 3506 41 Frank Hulton 3154 17 Dag Skoglund 3486 42 C M Cheng 3153 18 Lage Salomonsen 3479 43 Ian Mason 3131 19 Jean-Luc Foucher 3469 44 Mark Passingham 3121 20 Espen Torp 3459 45 Dave Rumble 3118 21 Jonathon Sage 3408 46 Steve Clutterbuck 3118 22 Angel Lopez Cabrera 3403 47 Stefan Bertschi 3072 23 Mark Abbotts 3388 48 Ian Stewart 2999 24 Mike Young 3360 49 Vic Eldridge 2931 25 Andrzej Tabero 3292 50 Tony Robertson 2749
Fastest time 35.54 (Graham Reed)
Thanks are due to Andrzej, Kevin and the rest of the SWSA for the usual efficient organisation. Also to Vic Eldridge for taking time away from home to organise the super banquet (I can see this becoming a fixture for future WO's). And of course to all the visitors from so many countries who made the event what it is. Finally to our sponsors SlopeRacer, RCRCM and SmartModel.
There are two ways to view the photos. You can either click on the thumbnails below, or you can view a High-resolution slideshow.
Alliaj and Martinet
At the Heronston Hotel
Congratulations to Graham Reed on his first Eurotour win
5. After Hours
The following photos were all shot on the second and third days "after hours".