Re: Jet Gold Final
We also had him at a 56:23 on Saturday IIRC. That's well above the speed too.
That finish on Sunday was wild. IMHO, a little too wild. Four planes crossing the line basically at the checkered flag, two leaders and two lappers. I assume Pete Z was taking into account the altitude limit but it made it look like he used the two lappers as a pick. That's an extreme negative thought on that situation though. So, 50ft min/250ft max limits. That's 50ft of space for each aircraft. Throw in the absurdity of the two speeds involved (both actuall and closing). If you're all the way outside, as you should be if you're overtaking, in order to have 50ft of lane to yourself everyone has to be well inside theirs. L39 has ~30ft wingspan, Vampire is ~40, that's 160, leaving 40ft to be split 4 ways. Yikes! I can't say I'm a fan of the max altitude limit. Thankfully race 8 backed out at the last second.
From the rule book-
Reasons for maneuvering above the maximum race altitude include, but are not limited to, the following: maneuvering out of jet/prop wash or wake turbulence; as required for safe passing due to an unforeseen change in position of the aircraft being passed; or a momentary loss of situation awareness. In the interest of safety, such altitude deviations without penalty are authorized followed by a safe return to the race course. A planned excursion above the maximum altitude solely for the purpose of passing is not acceptable.
You'll get your chance, smart guy!