New Australian 15 Metre Class Champion Adam Woolley
After ten competition days, new National Champions in four classes of competition were decided at Kingaroy on 21 October.
Terry Cubley who competed in 15M Class and is WGC Benalla Championship Director said, "The challenging conditions at Kingaroy over ten flying days were perfect preparation for the World Championships in January. We were happy that the Chinese team, Japanese team and NZ team were also able to use the competition as part of their preparation for Benalla. They joined four of the Australian team pilots in vying for the top positions at Kingaroy. The competition was hard fought and brought many challenges to the competing Australian and international pilots, an excellent way to prepare for what they will have to face when 114 of the world’s best pilots meet at Benalla in January.”
Open & 18M Classes
In Open and 18m Classes, John Buchanan and David Jansen, members of host club Kingaroy Gliding Club, took first and second places. Tom Claffey from NSW took third place. Tom will fly in 18m Class for Australia at WGC Benalla. Tom said, "The Nationals at Kingaroy brought challenging weather and a very high standard of competition for four of the team members training for the WGC in Benalla in January."
Bruce Taylor, who is also on the Australian Gliding Team was pipped at the post into 4th position in Open Class. Bruce said, "Kingaroy provided a wide range of conditions and tasks, and required excellent technical knowledge and tactical prowess from the successful pilots."
Makoto Ichikawa from Japan took top score in Standard Class, and will be competing at WGC2017 Benalla in 15M.
Flying Hors Concours in Standard Class, Makoto Ichikawa from Japan made top score. Mak has been a regular visitor to Australia and flown in many national competitions over the years. Mak will be representing Japan at WGC Benalla in 15m Class. Allan Barnes took top podium place in Standard Class followed by Peter Trotter and Greg Beecroft from Western Australia.
The 15m Class was dominated by local Queensland pilots. Adam Woolley took first place followed by Jim Crowhurst and Australian team member Steve O’Donnell, who will also be flying in 15m Class at WGC Benalla.