Semi Final | Cone in Pole Position for World Cup Final
Tim Cone and What Airplane Honey will start in pole position for the Air Race 1 World Cup Final in Thailand.
Tim Cone will take pole position in the World Cup final at U-Tapao Naval Air Base, Pattaya after flying fastest in this morning semi finals.
Incoming thunderstorms provided a monsterful backdrop to the ‘Gold’ semi-final, which culminated in two spectacular battles.
Tim Cone from California in #99 ‘What Airplane Honey’ stormed up the field, passing Justin Phillipson in #79 ‘No Strings Attached’ for third and then passed Philip Goforth in #69 ‘No Strings Attached’ to take the chequered flag at an average speed of 227.192mph (364.288kph).
There was an equally thrilling battle for fourth, with Florida-based Swede and 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup winner Thom Richard in #12 ‘Outrageous’ recovering from a slow start to dice over the final three laps with New Mexico cropduster pilot Jerry Marshall in #4 ‘Tumbleweed’. Sixth, seventh and eighth places were respectively taken by Steve Temple, Ryszard Zadow and Swaid Rahn.
The Silver heat, once again saw the fast starting British racer, Trevor Jarvis in #58 ‘Sonic Zoom’ head the field into the first turn, but the surprise of the day came when Lionel Mougel in the home Team Siam Air Racing #22 ‘Hysteria’ stormed past both Jarvis and #40 ‘Miss USA’, flown by Chip Maples of Florida to take a race lead that could not be challenged.
The victory was vindication for the Bangkok-resident Parisian who had suffered mechanical issues and was withdrawn from the start line in Saturday’s heats.
Behind second-placed Chip Mapoles, the battle for third culminated in a spectacular wingtip-to-wingtip fight to the finish between #9 Scott Holmes of Edmonton in Canada and #26 Paul Newman of Ohio in ‘Fast and Easy’.
Such was the heat of the battle that Newman was later penalised for low flying, dropping him fourth to seventh behind Kent Jackson, Steve Tumlin and Trevor Jarvis.
Scotland’s Des Hart, who suffered a string of engine issues through the weekend again suffered bad luck, when a faulty canopy catch meant he had to abandon the race on the startline.
The morning’s racing finished just ahead of a spectacular storm, but it is hoped that the skies will clear for similarly epic races in the Silver and Gold Finals, which will crown the winner of the Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand, presented by Chang.
- #99 Tim Cone
- #69 Philip Goforth
- #79 Justin Phillipson
- #12 Thom Richard
- #4 Jerry Marshall
- #22 Lio Mougel
- #45 Steve Temple
- #15 Ryszard Zadow
- #8 Swaid Rahn
- #40 Chip Mapoles
- #9 Scott Holmes
- #81 Des Hart
- #26 Paul Newman
- #27 Kent Jackson
- #58 Trevor Jarvis
- #52 Steve Tumlin
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