The Aircraft Unlimited Witbank Speed Rally 2021
Photos by Willie Bodenstein, Rob Jonkers and Russell Dixon-Paver
Some of the aircraft when we arrived
More competing aircraft
Saturday morning dawned with more promising weather, the predicted low cloud did not materialise, and by 9 am the cloud base had risen to 6500 ft, with a still strong easterly wind. The briefing was held at 08h00 am and was concluded at around 08h30, where everybody dispersed first for a group photo and then to park their aircraft and prepare for the scrutineers. The route for the day was intended to be a scenic one, mostly north of the Loskop dam in the Groblersdal area which has many rivers and hills.
Saturday mornings briefing, competitors and organisers. Photos by Russell Dixon-Paver
Some of the competitors prior to take off
The start line, slowest starts first
Nice perfect Track……………..Oops – Went to Nylstroom
Some of the competing aircraft returning
Best Flight School Bird Aviation. Photo by Russell Dixon Paver
Best Nav 2nd place Team Century Avionics Mary de Klerk and Phil Wakely with Century’s Mark and Sean between them
Overall 3rd JB Team JB Switchgear Leon Boutell and Martin Meyer
Overall 2nd Mike Blackburn and Steve B
Overall winners of the Aircraft Unlimited Season 3 Race 1 Chris and Ray Shillaw
Many thanks to the Witbank Aeronautical Association for hosting this fantastic event, supporting with logistics and great meals available throughout the day, Nigel Musgrave as the Safety Officer, Dirk and Louna de Vos doing the scoring, Chester Chandler on handicapping, Marc Robinson with his team from Century Avionics for Scrutineering, Chareen Shillaw for taking on the role of starter, Clarissa for handing out competition papers to the crews. Although there were some hiccups, eventually the participants got airborne. Thanks also extended to Santjie White of the ARCC who always watches over us..
Also thanks to our sponsors, Aircraft Unlimited being our signature Speed Rally Brand Sponsor, Flightline Weekly for sponsoring the race numbers, and our team sponsors, Prompt Roofing, Fast Flame Laser cutting, Century Avionics, Beegle Micro trackers, JB Switchgear.
Our next Speed Rally event will be in Middelburg on the 27th of April 2021