2003 NATIONAL RALLY FLYING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rustenburg 3 to 5 April 2003
by Adrian Pilling
While the event was held in the same area (using the same map) as the forthcoming Worlds the organisers were careful not to use any checkpoints or away landing fields that would be used in the Worlds to ensure that SA did not have an unfair advantage.
The crews arrived from all around the country and literally camped at the airfield where Jan Hanekom and his very able team put together a competition that literally scarred the pants off of everybody. The routes were tough, uncompromising and designed to get everybody in the mood for the upcoming worlds. Everyone was aware that the team selection to the worlds was at stake. There were two classes of competitors, Open (eligible for selection) and Sportsman.
After the opening briefing on the Wednesday night all the crews retired for the evening and prepared for the forthcoming event.
Thursday – Competition Day 1
After the compulsory 8h00 briefing it was all go as the first crews received their clue sheets and took off. All throughout the morning and into the early afternoon the crews were out there pitting their skills against the other competitors. The day was warm and sunny with little smog. A feature of the day was the away landing at Brits Airfield, this landing counting for points.
During this route, one of the crews – Ernie Alexander and Wendy Barter – experienced some engine problems and were able to make an emergency landing at Brits. After some delay they were allowed to restart the competition and finished some time later back at Rustenburg.
At the end of the evening the results were announced. (after some protests and changes) 1st place Frank and Quinten, 2nd Place Hans and Ron, 3rd Place Nigel and Dale, 4th Place Adrian and Renier, 5th Place Ernie and Wendy, 6th Place Barry and Mary, 7th Place Robin and Chris, 8th Place Walter and James, 9th Place Wayne and Mike and 10th Place Mike and Mark.
Friday – Competition Day 2
The day dawned similar to the previous day. After the usual morning briefing the crews set off again. This time the route took us out to the north, and again there was an away landing this time on a small dirt strip, an interesting challenge.
The crews returned to Rustenburg and to our horror we discovered that Ron and Hans had experienced a problem with their electronic logger. It had not recorded the route at all due to a fuse that came loose!!! What a disaster. This unfortunately gave the hapless crew a maximum penalty score for the day, a real shame.
After some delays the results were announced for the day, but not before we were thrilled to congratulate Barry on his 60th birthday. A special cake was made for him in the shape of a runway and most had a merry time � well done Barry.
The results were as follows, 1st Place Nigel and Dale, 2nd Place Barry and Mary, 3rd Place Adrian and Renier, 4th Place Wayne and Mike, 5th Place Frank and Quinten, 6th Place Walter and James.
Saturday – Competition Day 3
The final day. Wow this is where it all happens. At the morning briefing we learned that this was the shortest and most concentrated of the routes. We would have to fly even more accurately to conquer this route.
The crews returned complaining that the route was a real toughie and that there were many tricky parts to it. Many crews were caught out. The preliminary results were released and the daily positions were, 1st Place Adrian and Renier, 2nd Place Barry and Mary, 3rd Place Mike and Mark, 4th Place Hans and Ron, 5th Place Ernie and Wendy and 6th Place Robin and Chris.
At a gala dinner held at the Rustenburg club house the results were announced for the evening.
- 1st Place: A Pilling and R Moolman
- 2nd Place: N Hopkins and D de Klerk
- 3rd Place: B de Groot and M de Klerk
- 4th Place: F Eckard and Q Taylor
- 5th Place: E Alexander and W Barter
- 6th Place: W Walle and J Lidderd
- 7th Place: R Spencer-Scarr and C Spencer-Scarr
- 8th Place: H Schwebel and R Stirk
- 9th Place: W Bond and M Biermann
- 10th Place: M Cathro and M Gregson
- 1st Place: D Warden and H Meyer
- 2nd Place: M Frieboese and P Barter
- 3rd Place: D Joubert
- 4th Place: B Knoll and R Schamotta
- 5th Place: R Frieboese and B Frieboese
- 6th Place: T de Bruin and A van Tonder
- Best Pilot: A.Pilling
- Best Navigator: R.Moolman
- Best Club: Brits
- Best Province: North West
- Best Landing: H.Schwebel and R.Stirk
After the event the Protea team was announced and comprised:
Adrian Pilling and Renier Moolman, Nigel Hopkins and Dale de Klerk, Hans Schwebel and Ron Stirk, Barry de Groot and Mary de Klerk, Frank Eckard and Quentin Tailor and Walter Walle and James Lidderd.
Well done and congratulations to the team and to those that did so well and those that tried so hard. Well done to the Sportsman Class for the great effort and commitment. Well done to those that made this competition possible and of course to the team. Good luck and bring back the gold.
Thanks to the Rustenburg Flying Club, The people at the canteen, the selection team of Jan Hanekom, Deon Van Den Berg, Dave Perelson, the ground crew and of course Thys Hermann and all the other people that have pulled together to make this a great competition.
2003 RALLY NATIONALS OPEN CLASS
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||GRAND|
|1||A PILLING||R MOOLMAN||CVO||500||1358||70||1928||475||232||20||727||400||92||60||552||3207|
|2||N HOPKINS||D DE KLERK||LZV||400||836||60||1296||100||126||90||316||350||1228||40||1618||3230|
|3||B DE GROOT||M DE KLERK||CNG||575||1416||220||2211||500||308||120||928||425||408||20||853||3992|
|4||F ECKARD||Q TAYLOR||MOC||475||286||50||811||450||1204||100||1754||1175||2596||20||3791||6356|
|5||E ALEXANDER||W BARTER||AHM||1225||672||40||1937||1025||1318||100||2443||1275||750||200||2225||6605|
|6||W WALLE||J LIDDERD||CNZ||1200||1086||80||2366||800||1198||40||2038||1000||1578||20||2598||7002|
|7||R SPENCER-SCARR||C SPENCER-SCARR||JMK||1400||786||80||2266||1300||962||90||2352||1300||1198||40||2538||7156|
|8||H SCHWEBEL||R STIRK||CNZ||625||218||20||863||600||4800||40||5440||700||492||0||1192||7495|
|9||W BOND||M BIERMANN||CLR||1250||2360||100||3710||875||358||140||1373||1000||1702||200||2902||7985|
|10||M CATHRO||M GREGSON||CLR||1200||3526||80||4806||1200||2026||260||3486||450||452||60||962||9254|
2003 RALLY NATIONALS OPEN CLASS – Landings
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||TOTAL|
|1||H SCHWEBEL||R STIRK||20||40||0||60|
|2||W WALLE||J LIDDERD||80||40||20||140|
|3||A PILLING||R MOOLMAN||70||20||60||150|
|4||F ECKARD||Q TAYLOR||50||100||20||170|
|5||N HOPKINS||D DE KLERK||60||90||40||190|
|6||R SPENCER-SCARR||C SPENCER-SCARR||80||90||40||210|
|7||E ALEXANDER||W BARTER||40||100||200||340|
|8||B DE GROOT||M DE KLERK||220||120||20||360|
|9||M CATHRO||M GREGSON||80||260||60||400|
|10||W BOND||M BIERMANN||100||140||200||440|
2003 RALLY NATIONALS SPORTSMAN CLASS
|DAY 1||DAY 2||GRAND|
|1||D WARDEN||H MEYER||MHH||900||1272||200||2372||700||655||200||1555||3927|
|2||M FRIEBOESE||P BARTER||CCO||1350||4600||40||5990||1350||878||40||2268||8258|
|4||B KNOLL||R SCHAMOTTA||NTC||1250||2860||280||4390||850||3105||200||4155||8545|
|5||R FRIEBOESE||B FRIEBOESE||GWR||1400||4258||40||5698||850||3479||40||4369||10067|
|6||T DE BRUIN||A VAN TONDER||CUB||1400||4588||40||6028||1250||3091||40||4381||10409|
|7||B WILLIAMS||C WILLIAMS||MHH||1600||5300||240||7140||1450||2539||200||4189||11329|
2003 RALLY NATIONALS SPORTSMAN CLASS – Landings
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||TOTAL|
|2||M FRIEBOESE||P BARTER||CCO||40||40||80|
|3||R FRIEBOESE||B FRIEBOESE||GWR||40||40||80|
|4||T DE BRUIN||A VAN TONDER||CUB||40||40||80|
|5||D WARDEN||H MEYER||MHH||200||200||400|
|6||B WILLIAMS||C WILLIAMS||MHH||240||200||440|
|7||B KNOLL||R SCHAMOOTA||NTC||280||200||480|