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By RANDY DUFAULT
AirVenture Cup Race
Bruce Hammer (left) and his brother, Steve, stand with Bruce’s first-place Glasair.  Photo by Stefan Seville

A series of storms marching across the country over the past few days impacted a lot of flying activities, including the 2011 AirVenture Cup Race.

“The weather at Dayton was bad, so we moved the starting line to Terre Haute, Indiana,” said Eric Whyte, AirVenture Cup chairman. “One of our racers flies out of there. [Terre Haute Air Center] was very accommodating and got us hooked up with a ride and hotels.”

Already a day late, Mother Nature still had something to say with a thick blanket of morning fog causing another three-hour delay to the scheduled start.

Once off the ground at Terre Haute, the racers made turns at Morris, Illinois, DeKalb Illinois, and McDermott Airpark in Sullivan, Wisconsin, before crossing the finish line at the home of EAA Chapter 1158 in West Bend.

Racers arrived in Oshkosh during Monday afternoon’s showcase flights, and the race planes are parked together just north of the Brown Arch.

Overall winner this year was Bruce Hammer, flying a fixed-pitch, fixed-gear, 180-hp Glasair I in the Formula FX Blue class with an average speed of 247 mph.

“This is the first time ever the fastest airplane on the course was a fixed-gear,” Whyte said.

A possible factor in Hammer’s victory was the number of registrants unable to make the start due to the weather.

Next year’s race will start from Wright Brothers Aviation in Mitchell, South Dakota. Todd and Terri Shannon, owners of the FBO, traveled to West Bend to help with this year’s finish.

The AirVenture Cup is open to all experimental aircraft owners. Details and registration information for the 2012 race are at www.AirVentureCup.com.

RESULTS

RACE #

AIRCRAFT

PILOT(S)

AVG.

 

SPORT FX CLASS

 

 

14

F-1 Rocket

Wayne Hadath

237

52

RV-10

Tim Dawson-Townsend & Bob Reilly

184

 

SEA SPORT CLASS

 

 

80

Seawind 3000

Keith Walljasper

167

 

Formula RG Blue

 

 

38

Lancair 360

Mark Quinn

232

 

Formula FX Blue 

 

 

91

Glasair I TD

Bruce Hammer

247

73

Glasair I TD

Steve Hammer

240

 

Formula FX Red

 

 

46

Cozy Mk III

Jeff Mallia

 

93

Long-EZ

Rich Lamb & Joe Conlon

206

 

RV Gold

 

 

17

RV-8

R. Damon Ring

219

 

RV Blue

 

 

411

RV-6

Jeff Barnes

189

 

RV Red

 

 

9

RV-4

Tony Crawford

179

 

SPRINT CLASS

 

 

22

Sam Hoskins

201

 

 

Sportsman

 

 

64

Sonerai I

Jeff Lange

176

 

Sportsman KR

 

 

156

KR-2S

Mark Langford

168

 

 

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