UCAR 2010

The day finally dawned and the rain gods let up enough and the race was on!

The 2010 on again off again Unlimited Challenge Air Race at Witbank (eMalahleni) was given the green light and it happened as well as expected. Sadly a large number of competitors pulled out literally on Friday night and Saturday morning due mainly to the doubtful weather and the changing of dates.

However, The Witbank hospitality was of its normal high standard and the quality of competitor was outstanding. Some of the highlights were Richard Maier in his deadstick racing King Air, the pocket rockets, the diesel 182 and, of course Ron Wheeldon in the amazing Hunter. Ron and co-pilot Gary Hughes set a new World Record (provisional) at a massive 908km/h. The next record for the Hunter to beat is the 1000km closed circuit record which was set in 1965 at 859 km/h.

It was interesting to see a piston twin nail the King Air as were a number of other interesting results on the day. See below for full results.

The format of the race us simple enough to replicate and, unless people want to make a weekend of it, it can be run on one day which keeps mummy and the kids happy. We would like to see it become a permanent feature on the SAPA calendar and it probably makes sense to have it in August as this fits in with other events as well as the weatherman.

The one thing that we could do with the UCAR is to take it to some of the more weather friendly coastal clubs such as Stellenbosch or Virginia. We could, of course never go to P.E. because even microlights have to be IF rated there.

We all understand that the rules of the UCAR, being weight based, favour the new Tupperware aircraft but the essence and spirit on which the race is based is more of a pub type arm wrestle where the challenge is amongst those who believe they have the faster machine. Then the tricks as to where to place the weight. Whether to use the autopilot or not. What altitude to use on which leg. Does slipstreaming work or is it too bumpy. This is the real fun part of the challenge. The guys who are going for records………….. well that’s good too.

We look forward to seeing a great turnout in August next year.

Ultimate Challenge Air Race Entry
Pilot Co-Pilot Reg Aircraft Weight FAI Category Speed Distance
Ron Wheldon Gary Hughes ZU-HUN Hunter T68 9587 C-1 g Jet 908.06 500 Km New World Record
Arne Badenhorst Terri Meyer ZS-ASM Cessna C441 4468 C-1 e Turboprop 471.28 500 Km New South Africa Record
Richard Maier Nicholas Hulley ZS-NXH Beech KingAir 200 5670 C-1 e Turboprop 447.27 500 Km
Jack Onderstall Not decided yet ZU-JMO Glasair 111 1026 C-1 c  Piston 395.25 500 Km New South Africa Record
Prospero Bailey ZS-MOO SR22 1542 C-1 c  Piston 337.98 500 Km
Human Wentzel Nico Karsten ZS-FSR BE36 1353 C-1 c  Piston 310.82 500 Km
Henri Westermann Jaques Westerman ZS-VNE Glas 3 888 C-1 b  Piston 394.46 500 Km
Hans Petr Justus Venter ZU-YUM Lancair 2 IO 360 821 C-1 b  Piston 363.96 500 Km
Greg Turck David Emmet ZS-SFT C172 (RA72) Diesel 2.0l C-1 b  Piston 191.64 500 Km
Dale de Klerk Emmie Oelofse ZU-IBS Magic GS 700 500 C-1 a Piston 177.20 100 Km
E.A. De Kok J. Fourie ZS-HFH R44 1003 E-1 b Helicopter 228.45 100 Km
Gerrie van Niekerk Solo ZS-RUN R44 884 E-1 a Helicopter 233.50 100 Km
J.H. Delport Willie Jordaan ZS-RFO MT Sport 503 E-3 b Autogyro 140.77 100 Km
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