Hovercraft Racing - Round Two at Hacketts Lake, Nottingham, EHF (European) and HCGB National round.

added by Emma on May 30, 2013 at 16:02

Back up north again to Hacketts Lake, through the awful bank holiday traffic, for round 2 of the National championship, this time combined with round one of the European championship. With my plans for this year centred around the euro championship, I wanted a good meeting to kick the season off. We got great weather -again - and a wonderful meeting run by the Rhodes family and Midlands Branch.

There was certainly some stiff competition in Formula 2, joint world champions Denis Ragot from France, and Magnus Ivanoff from Sweden, quick Swede Tony Ostermann, Brits Kev Eastwood, Wayne Hill & Dave Polfrey - and a blisteringly quick Tony Goldney with his GSX-R700 powered Raider hovercraft.

From the off, it was pretty clear that Magnus would be the feller to beat, and sure enough he finished all four races with a commanding lead. Never having raced my Cobra on water before, it took me a while to grab hold of it and a badly timed thrust engine stall on the grid of race two meant that I finished a lowly sixth in that race. By sunday afternoon however, it was starting to come together, and in the final race I managed to pass both Denis and Tony for a decent second place finish although Tony Goldney was busy repairing his craft after a fan failure. When all shook out at the weekend's end I was third place which I was extremely happy with. I've now got a lot more confidence in the craft which showed serious pace. I even lent it to reigning Formula One champion Dan Turnbull to claim soem points in Formula One after his own craft suffered a catastrophic failure - well, it doesn't hurt to get feedback from the best in the business does it? So... now Dan owes me a drive in his incredible F1...<evil laugh!>

Racing carried on into bank holiday Monday and with Tony's dropepd races, though he took two wins in some very windy conditions, his technicalproblems meant I'd done enough to secure my first Formula Two win. Result!

So - a third in the European, and a first in the national. I'm now 5 points clear in the national championhsip and wondering if I ought to continue to do them, rather than dropping one or two which had inconvenient dates!

Thanks to the organisers, marshals, race control and recovery crews, 0lus Kieth Oakley and his crew for the live video coverage. It's great to be able to watch it back afterwards.

I also had a GoPro on my craft this weekend, and if you'd like to see a race, take a look!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J21CLLup9o

 

 

Fantastic picture from Rhiannon Black - thanks Rhi! https://www.facebook.com/RhiannonBlackPhotography

 

 

My daughter came up to collect the tinware - she loves her Swedish viking buddy!

 

Hovercraft Club National Hovercraft Championship : Round One - Magnolls Farm

added by Emma on May 8, 2013 at 10:16

The bank holiday weekend saw the opening round of the national championships and after an absence of 9 years, Flying Fish were back racing, this time in Formula 2 under the banner of our premium range - 'Volantis Racing.' Back over the closed season, we'd bought our racing craft from Belgian designer/driver Jos Vanderhoven - a twin engine Cobra F1/F2 using Suzuki GSX-R600 and Simonini paramotor engines.  

 

With little time to try the craft out before the season begun, we headed north to Accrington (a 9 hour drive in holiday traffic!) with little experience of driving it. Practice revealed a few niggly problems which persisted into the first race resulting in a non-finish. But from thereon, things improved with driver Russ Pullen starting to get to grips with the 140bhp craft, a 4th place finish being followed by a 3rd, 5th, 2nd and finally - overtaking meeting winner Klaus Bonighausen for a race win. Overall, this was good enough for the last step of the podium, a 3rd place finish in the teams first meeting was a good result.

 

Next stop is 'Hacketts Lake' in Nottingham which is the first round of the European championship, where some serious  overseas competition will be expected, including World Champions Magnus Ivanoff and Michael Metzner who are now both campaigning some real top-flight machinery in Formula 2.

 

So, we're a happy bunch here at Flying Fish this week and would like to extend our thanks to Charlie & Jill Peach for their hospitality at Magnolls Farm and the North-West branch for organising a very enjoyable meeting. Roll on the 25/27th May and Hacketts Lake. For more details, click here. http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/calendar.php?do=getinfo&day=2013-5-25&c=1

 

 

So the season begins!

added by Emma on May 3, 2013 at 07:19

 

As if building hovercraft all week wasn't enough, this weekend sees the beginning of the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain national championship and Flying Fish will be competing.

 

Racing under the 'Volantis Racing' banner, driver Russ Pullen and mechanic Alex Hopper are making the long haul north to Magnolls Farm in Accrington for Round One. Russ is racing the Cobra hovercraft in Formula 2 - powered by a Simonini Paramotor engine providing lift, and a Suzuki GSX-R600 engine for thrust. In trials yesterday, it proved quick to say the least - question is... is the driver as good as the craft? Formula 2 is a hard fought category and has some very quick and experienced drivers competing.

 

Cobra racing hovercraft hulls were designed by Belgian hovercraft racer Jos Vanderhoven and are now available from Flying Fish from just £1,500.00+VAT as a self assembly item.  

 

If you haven't seen hovercraft racing, you need to! Its loud, fast and exhilarating with craft up to 200bhp (and no brakes of course!) competing over a land and water course against one another. For details about this weekend's meeting- click the link below   http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/calendar.php?do=getinfo&day=2013-5-5&c=1

 


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