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North Berks pylon race meeting 09/06/19

Pylon racing returns to North Berks

Pylon racing at North Berks

Pylon racing made a very welcome return to the North Berks flying site (NBRAMS) at East Hanney on Sunday 9th June.

As has often been the case recently the racers were blessed with good weather for most of the day, there were 3 classes being flown at this meeting, these being E2K, Club 32 and Q40 (F3T). Racing at North Berks has seen some epic battles with Club 20 pylon racers in the past and a little of that was recreated on the 9th June with some very close racing in all three classes being flown.

The pylon race community were pleased to welcome two new racers.  Darren Goule was one of these new racers, Darren is a very experienced pilot and this showed as he immeadiately got into his stride flying E2K under the tutorlege of Paul Bardoe, when all the dust settled Darren ended up second in E2K which was great for a first time out.

E2K had an enthusiastic following with pilots of all skills levels taking part, this class is really good for both experts and begineers alike.

Club 32 was pleased to welcome the other new racer, this being North Berks club Chairman Neville Mattingley, Neville was flying with his son John who only started racing in autumn last year but is very firmly hooked on the thrill of RC pylon racing, Neville had flown pylon racing in the early 1970’s but then went on to a very succesful competition career as thermal soaring pilot, it was good to see Neville flying his new Tracer to good effect.

In Q40 Julian Downham was shaking down engines for a forth coming trip to the US Nationals, good luck with that trip Julian, we will follow your progress. North Berks member John Mattingley flew a Lyle Larson Vendetta in Q40and had a good meeting, John has been able to come into pylon racing and handle the technical side of the events with equal ease to his good flying.

So many thanks to the North Berks club for hosting pylon racing again, also many thanks to the volenteers who make an event like this possible, your efforts are appriciated.


  • E2K 1st place Danny Wozney
  • Club 32 1st place Michael Toyer
  • Q40 1st place Nathan Attridge

Barkston Results 12/05/19

Barkston 12_05_2019 Results

RC pylon racing returned to Barkston Heath for the first time this season, the site was perfect, the meeting was flown from the flat end of the runway and the weather was superb all day, this is a World class pylon racing facility when the weather is good.

There were entries in E2K, Club 32, Q40/F3T and F3D. This was the first meeting where the BMPRA have mixed short course flying (E2K, Club 32)  with long course flying (F3D/F3T), CD Joe Harvey had set out two number one pylons in the respective positions for both courses, with the No 1 marshals’ moving to the appropriate pylon for the heat being flown. This worked very well and will most probably be used again in the future.

There were new competitors in three of the four classes being flown, all of these new entrants have arisen from the recent promotion of pylon racing in the UK, and the new guy’s are very welcome.

Joe Harvey and Shane Egan did a great job to create heat sheets that pandered to all the demands placed upon them by pilots wanting certain callers etc.

Although the weather was nice and the flying site as mentioned earlier was perfect, the race times were a little slower than some of the top racers would have liked to see, however a good day was had by all, results are in the link above.

Many thanks to Paul Bardoe in his work securing this venue, to Joe Harvey, Shane Egan and Geb Jones for running the meeting and to all competitors who showed up to race.