After a bumpy starts and a few technical difficulties along the way, the Queens Cup is over and we have a champion.
The prestige of this event brought 52 pilots to Popham airfield to compete for a chance to have their name on one of the oldest sporting trophies in the UK. Some veterans of racing and a lot of new faces too, all came together for one of the best events of 2016.
With so many new faces, getting started was a bit slow. Getting everyone used to what they need to do and getting the equipment working in a race environment is no small feat. The guys from Rotor-Racing and the helping BFPVRA members did a exceptional job as always and we managed to get 2 practice rounds and 5 qualifying rounds in on day 1.
Day 2 consisted of another qualifying round and then everyone was seeded into their final positions based on their best 3 of the 6 rounds held. The top 24 pilots would go on to a knockout stage of racing to compete for the Queens cup, while the remaining 28 pilots each had their own final to compete for a medal and bragging rights over their fellow pilots.
After an exhausting 2 days with lots of racing, we got down to a single grand final of 6 pilots: Gary Kent, Matthew Evans, Leo Whitfield, James Bowles, Richard Whelan and Philip Trifunovic . A thrilling battle of the best pilots on the day was had, and Gary Kent came out victorious and was crowned The Queens Cup Champion.
A huge thank you goes out to Popham Airfield for hosting the event. The entire Rotor-Racing team along with FPVLeague.co.uk for everything they did to help run race control, and Niall coming in and giving up his free time to supply us with his great commentary. The BMFA (Andy Symons and all his team) for all their help and support. The Royal Aero Club for awarding us the privilege of the Queens Cup Trophy. Fossil Stuff for their help on the day and with track equipment. The BFPVRA committee for everything at the scene and behind the scenes. And of course to all the pilots for attending the event and being part of the greatest sporting community there is.