Scottish Winter League 1 – 14 Nov '15
East Lomond turned out to be a good call today as Bishop was stuck in low cloud for quite a while and although it was a little crossed from the right, the hill was working well.
Blue skies when we turned up at 9.30am and 14ms on the hill, it was a day for full ballast or nearly full. As there were only the hardcore 5 present, we flew two rounds with a crow through and still ended up running round quite a bit.
Rounds 1 & 2 were won by Peter with a 42 and a 40, Ewan and Mike both running 44’s in the first round and Mike and George putting in 44’s in round 2.
I knew that sub 40’s were possible after the first couple of rounds but East Lomond is a strange hill and it was rewarding a slightly different low line on the downwind left hand side, once this was worked out Peter put in a 39.09 in round 3 with Ewan 2nd with a 44.27. Round 4 saw Peter do a sizeable cut on base A followed by a huge flick which he never recovered from, Mike made no mistakes though and posted a 40.51 to take the round by 8 seconds.
Ewan hit a nice spot of air in round 5 and flew a very nice flat EM style to post a 40.01, so close to an East Lomond sub 40! This was followed by Peter with a 43 and Mike with a 45. Peter pipped round 6 with a 43 only beating Mike by two tenths, and Ewan flew a solid 45. Having sorted out his pumping, Peter took round 7 with a 38.77 a full 10s quicker than George who was 2nd with a 48. Peter also took round 8 with a 39.59 from George on 45.78.
Mike McCracken took round 9 with a cracking 39.92 from Ewan in 2nd with a 40.95 and Peter took round 10 with an FTD of 37.09, this run was looking really quick until the last turn which bled a lot of speed. This was followed by Ewan with a very solid 41.50 carving some very nice turns to keep the speed in his Pitfall.
So despite is being bloody cold, about 4 deg C with 35mph wind chill it was a great start to the winter league. We were finished around 1.30pm and decamped to the Pillars of Hercules just as the rain came in.
FTD Peter Gunning 37.09
It turned out pretty close for 2nd but well done Ewan! You had a really nice line sorted out for the last 4 rounds and cutting all of us on base A must have helped ;0) A really good result seeing as Mike was flying pretty well too.
Lets hope for more of the same next month.