Mar 2002

ACSA CUP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bloemfontein 2002

By Dale de Klerk

Well this was an event that most of us will remember for a long time. After the postponement from last year and the difficulty for organizers to get to Bloemfontein, nobody knew what to expect.

Bloemfontein International Airport
Bloemfontein International

Competitors arrived from Sunday 7th March up until late on Wednesday evening in time for the official briefing. What a turnout, ten open class entries and six sportsman. Most of us had the opportunity to fly at least one practice route and get to know the area. The maps were surprisingly accurate once you got to understand what’s what.

Day one

The plot was quite easy with only nine checkpoints and the start given to us in advance. This was to avoid anyone starting at the wrong place and interfering with the scheduled flights in and out of Bloem international. We all thought Dave Perelson was joking when he said no one would find more than ten out of a possible twenty en-route photos. I think some of us are still looking for those alien dwellings. And then there was the famous church at checkpoint seven. A real church about one mile right of track distracted most of us. Some realized there mistake found the ruin at the correct checkpoint and some didn’t.

The final results for the day were:

Open class

  • 1st Nigel & Dale with 765 penalties
  • 2nd Barry & Mary with 780 penalties
  • 3rd Hans & Ron with 1332 penalties
  • 4th Frank & Quinten with 1561 penalties
  • 5th Rob & Rynier with 1587 penalties

Sportsman

  • 1st Kluyts Father & son with 1754 penalties
  • 2nd Ernie & George with 2174 penalties
  • 3rd U K team Green with 2432 penalties

What a wake up call ? The G P S loggers had taken their toll and Deon certainly didn’t make the rest any easier.

Day two

The route was a little longer with more checkpoints but still easy enough on the plot. The start was at the same place which made it easier, except for one lonely pilot and his navigator who flew off the map and eventually took thirteen minutes longer than anyone else to find it. Most of us were now wide-awake and except for two checkpoint photos in dispute we all flew a better rally. Unfortunately no one had told (or no one had read the rules) Mike Cathro and Ernie Alexander that procedure turn’s were only used in precision flying. This cost them dearly with 200 penalties per turn.

The results for day two were:

Mary de Klerk and Barry de Groot
2nd Mary de Klerk and Barry de Groot

Open class

  • 1st Nigel & Dale with 632 penalties
  • 2nd Hans & Ron with 853 penalties
  • 3rd Frank & Quentin with 972 penalties
  • 4th Barry & Mary with 1338 penalties
  • 5th Walter & James with 1764 penalties

Sportsman

  • 1st U K Team green with 1282 penalties
  • 2nd Kluyts Father & son with 1370 penalties
  • 3rd Ernie & George with 1652 penalties

Ted and Tino were convinced that the logger was cheating. The chief marshal, Thys put in some overtime and superimposed the logger track onto a map and proved yet again that these electronic devices can’t think for themselves. Sorry Ted, that T-junction looked similar but it wasn’t the correct one. The landings were done all at once at Tempe airfield on Friday afternoon. Conditions weren’t great but everybody managed their three landings and except for a few hops and bounces, all went well.

Landing results

Open class

  • 1st Nigel & Dale with 20 penalties
  • 2nd Hans & Ron with 70 penalties
  • 3rd Frank & Quentin with 110 penalties
  • 4th Ted & Tino with 160 penalties
  • 5th Claude & Francois with 230 penalties

Sportsman

  • 1st, Kluyts Father & son with 80 penalties
  • 2nd, Ernie & George with 200 penalties
  • 3rd, U K Team green with 290 penalties

Nigel & Dale had now built up a lead but the pressure was on between Hans & Ron and Barry & Mary for 2nd place.

Day three

A short route again with a very easy plot. And even the en-route photos were clearer, what a relief. This time Chris & Peter actually found the start, the finish and most of the checkpoints. It just goes to show, keep on trying. Except for the monument at checkpoint one that we all flew straight over without seeing it, we all found our way round the route and back to Bloem International. What a tough competition. One thing for sure, everybody had fun. Not to mention the evenings around the braai. Final results were made public at the awards dinner on Saturday evening.

Open class

Dale de Klerk and Nigel Hopkins
2002 South African Champions Dale de Klerk and Nigel Hopkins

  • 1st Nigel & Dale with 1673 penalties
  • 2nd Barry & Mary with 2731 penalties
  • 3rd Hans & Ron with 3111 penalties
  • 4th Frank & Quentin 3977 penalties
  • 5th Mike & Mark 6222 penalties.

Sportsman

  • 1st Ernie & George Brink 862 penalties
  • 2nd Father & Son Kluyts 3540 penalties
  • 3rd U K team Green 4242 penalties

From all the happy faces at the awards dinner one could tell that everyone enjoyed the rally. Special thanks to the organizers who set up a fantastic event and put in many hours of work. An even bigger thanks to SAPFA and our sponsors ACSA without whom we simply could not have such an event. Congratulations to all the competitors, especially Ted & Tino who were awarded their Northwest Provincial Colours.

We look forward to see you all at Brits on 16 May 2002 for the Precision Championships.

Detailed Results

2002 ACSA National Air Rally Championship
OPEN CLASS
Day One Day Two Day Three
Pos. Name Reg Class Prov Mkrs Photo Flight Other Tot Mkrs Photo Flight Other Tot Mkrs Photo Flight Other Tot Land Grand Total Nav Total
1 N Hopkins         D de Klerk CNZ O NW 0 325 440 0 765 0 550 82 0 632 0 200 56 0 256 20 1673 578
2 B de Groot        M de Klerk BMZ O KN 0 650 130 0 780 50 800 488 0 1338 0 225 128 0 353 260 2731 746
3 H Schwebel      R Stirk IWD O NW 0 700 432 200 1332 0 725 128 0 853 0 600 256 0 856 70 3111 1016
4 F Eckard          Q Taylor IVK O GP 0 925 636 0 1561 0 650 322 0 972 100 750 484 0 1334 110 3977 1442
5 M Cathro          M Gregson BMZ O GP 50 650 1136 400 2236 50 650 572 800 2072 50 950 664 0 1664 250 6222 3572
6 R Gleimius       R Moolman CKE O FS 0 1025 362 200 1587 0 1075 890 0 1965 50 850 1340 400 2640 280 6472 3192
7 W Walle            J Lidderd CNZ O FS 200 1050 1392 0 2642 0 850 514 400 1764 0 900 1188 200 2288 320 7014 3694
8 T McKerchar    T Booysen GVR O NW 50 1200 1342 200 2792 0 950 1122 200 2272 50 1050 888 0 1988 160 7212 3752
9 C Hardman      F du Toit UZS O EP 50 1300 1902 400 3652 50 1250 2192 0 3492 50 1175 1556 0 2781 230 10155 6050
10 C van Hoof       P van der Velden FSH O GP 100 1400 3118 200 4818 50 1250 3890 200 5390 100 1200 2280 400 3980 340 14528 10088
SPORTSMAN CLASS
Day One – Official Practice Day Two Day Three Land Grand Total Nav total
1 E Alexander            G Brits AHM S GP 0 1150 1024 0 2174 0 850 402 400 1652 0 800 410 0 1210 200 3062 1212
2 T Kluyts                  A Kluyts FTT S GP 100 1200 454 0 1754 50 900 420 0 1370 100 1100 770 200 2170 80 3620 1390
3 N Green                  D Green KSF S UK 150 1100 1182 0 2432 0 850 432 0 1282 0 1200 1760 0 2960 290 4532 2192