Melbourne’s F1 Sandown Air Race took to the skies recently to show off the action-packed sport of aeromodelling. The event was a huge success, exceeding expectations of organisers, with this year’s attendance up 20% on last year and around 3,500 people turning up to join the fun. The high turnout has organisers thrilled to see the sport so widely supported by the Australian public.
The main event comprised of the F1 Air Race, an adrenaline-fueled race showcasing some of Australia’s best RC pilots. The course was made up of three pylons, which were navigated over ten laps, totaling 650 metres per lap. Four planes competed in each heat, with Neil Addicot piloting his OS GT60 engine plane to take the title. Scott Matthews and his DL61 took out second, with Cliff McIver and his OS GT60 picking up third place.
Adding to the excitement of the day were demonstrations by World Champion Pylon Racers, showcasing exceptional maneuvering skills in a fast-paced event. Displays of off-road buggies, on-road cars, drag racers, tanks, and trucks, kept crowds well entertained, and a showcase of gliders, drones, extreme helicopters, and scale model jets kept eyes on the sky.
Sandown’s 2016 F1 Air Race was a widely successful day, with everyone pleased to see the rise in remote control sports as a fun family passtime in Australia. Organisers are hoping the trend of greater turnouts carries forward to next years’ event.
Story by Nicole Jenkins
Photography by Chris Daley