Gauteng Regional Aerobatic Competition – Vereeniging
Competitors in the SAC Gauteng Regionals were given a very “warm” welcome to Vereeniging, so warm that the Density Altitude climbed to well over 8000ft.
The turnout was great with a total of fifteen competitors taking part in four categories from Sportsman to Unlimited. The competition kicked off with the Ivan van der Schaar who was drawn first up in the Sportsman Class taking to the air in a Christian Eagle.
The rest of the Sportsman Class was made of Dustin Hughes in a Zlin 50, Derek Bird in a Robin R2, Roger Deare in an Extra 300 and Barend Asbeck also using the Robin.
Ivan van der Schaar
Intermediate pilots were next to take to the beautiful blue Mid-vaal skies; Adam Pucjilowski in a Zlin 50, Andrew Blackwood-Murray in his Nashua sponsored Extra 300L, Andrew Fletcher in a Zlin 50, Cliff Lotter in his stunning Yak 55 and finally Kayle Wooll in an Extra 300L. The competition between the guys in the Intermediate class was almost as hot as the Vereeniging sun.
When it came time for the first of the Advance Class pilots to get airborne the Clouds had started to build to the south of the field, that did not deter anyone and the competition went ahead, the Advanced field was made up by Elton Bondi in his Extra 300, Eugene du Preez Inhis Extra 330SC and Neville Ferreira flying his little Slick 540.
Eugene du Preez
The Unlimited Class was a two way affair with Nigel Hopkins and Barrie Eeles both flying Extra 330SC’s
Just after lunch the heavens opened for a short while cooling things down for a while, the rain may have cooled the temperature but definitely not the competition, all classes went ahead with their second sequence.
After they last unlimited sequence there was a short break before the prize giving commenced.
The results were as follows
1 Dustin Hughes 79.606%
2 Derek Bird 76.420%
3 Roger Deare 70.141%
4 Ivan van der Schaar 68.800%
5 Barend Asbeck 51.168%
1 Adam Pucjlowski 78.777%
2 Andrew Blackwood-Murray 75.594%
3 Andrew Fletcher 74.508%
4 Cliff Lotter 74.247%
5 Kayle Wooll 71.177%
1 Neville Ferreira 76.646%
2 Elton Bondi 75.717%
3 Eugene Du Preez 62.780%
1 Nigel Hopkins 76.304%
2 Barrie Eeles 64.717%