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The Victorian Miniature Pylon

Racing Association (VMPRA)

Trophy, held in February at

the Camperdown Racecourse,

attracted visitors from as far

away as South Australia, Sydney

and Bairnsdale.

The weekend’s events started each

morning with the hotly contested

F400. Leigh Hocken’s first round

time of 61.75 seconds set the

fastest time in this class for the

weekend. The ever consistent

Shaun Jacobsen took out first place

by 0.3 seconds with his rocket red

AR-6. Leigh Hocken took second

place and Jarrod Jacobsen took


The Q500 followed and contestants

enjoyed a ripper event. Eight

rounds in the heat of the day

produced some very quick times

and it was great to see Mick Kellet

return to racing. Only a handful

of seconds between most place

getters saw NZ F3D pilot Tom

Wetherill take first place with

times consistently less than 100

seconds. Second place was taken

by the fancy florescent pink Addies

Hobbies sponsored plane flown by

Mick Kellet. Third place was taken

by the ever reliable John Schmidli.

F3D commenced mid-afternoon

on both days, with 12 pilots

spread across four heats battling

high temperatures and hot

racing. Friendly camaraderie and

competition saw Beau Murphy

finishing in first place, Leigh

Hocken in second place and Daniel

Arapakis finishing third after a last

round cut.

It was fantastic to witness such

a high standard of competitive

racing. Perfect engine work with

start-ups every time combined

with ultimate precision flying is no

doubt the success to this F3D class.

Spectators agreed it was the

best weekend’s racing they had

witnessed in a long time.

Daniel Arapakis and Wayne Newman buddied with

the kids for the hands on event.