TUMLIN SCORES FEISTY FIRST VICTORY AS MIST CURTAILS OPENING DAY OF AIR RACE 1 CHINA CUP
Tumlin Victorious in China
Steve Tumlin from Genoa, Nevada flying a Cassutt racer named ‘Fiesty’ held off a late race challenge from Stan Damiron of France to win the sole race in the first day of official action in the Air Race 1 China Cup air racing series at Wuhai in China. Trevor Jarvis of the UK demonstrated the series’ international element with a hard-earned third place.
Sadly, poor weather with rain, mist and deteriorating visibility meant that the planned Friday morning races and a second ‘Gold’ race in the afternoon had to be cancelled, denying the crowds the spectacle of some of the fastest aircraft in action.
Hopes remain hight that the full race programme can be completed at the weekend when an audience of up to 50,000 spectators each day can be expected at the airfield on the outskirts of one of China’s fastest-growing cities. Thursday qualifying and a practice race saw Steve Senegal of San Bruno, California set the fastest racing laps around the 3 mile course in his racer ‘Endeavor’, at an average of over 240 mph.
Tumlin added; “It was great to get a first place in the first ever Air Race in China – I got a great start and kept it going from there.
“China has been brilliant so far and we can’t wait to get into the racing over the weekend. The fans are very excited and have been amazing!”