Today was Day 2 of the Rotor Asia Masters 2019, which is the largest RC helicopter competition in China currently. This competition has drawn about 35 competitors from countries all over the world including, USA, France, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and of course China. There are 3 levels of classes. Basic, Advanced, and Master Class. In Masters class there is Peter Hsaio, Vava Sasikkana, Marik Wiehenstroth, Sakkarin Kongthon, and Myself. All of us are Team Scorpion Pilots!
Going into day 2 the Scores were as follows.
1st – Lertrat – 1000
2nd – Checky – 966.67
3rd – Ren Rui – 931.11
4th – Toon – 897.98
5th – Pichitchai – 873.33
1st – Ryan Chiu – 1000
2nd – Heng Kichana – 988.24
3rd – YoungBin Lee – 943.1
4th – Kuno Kang – 943.14
5th – Ding Ze Has – 921.57
1st – Sakkarin Kongthon – 2000
2nd – Marik Wiehenstroth – 1945.3
3rd – Kyle Dahl – 1941.2
4th – Vava Sasikana – 1833.99
5th – Peter Hsaio – 1829.91
This day there would be 2 more rounds of freestyle for the Basic and Advanced pilots, then the Masters class flew 1 Round of Freestyle and 1 round of Music. Luckily in the morning it was a bit overcast so the weather was a bit cooler which we all enjoyed.
The competition started at 9am with the Basic Pilots and there was no dramas. Following them was the advance pilots. There were a few crashes and failures but all pilots used there yellow cards. The only drama was that Youngbin Lee from Korea who was placing very well crashed also on his Yellow Card flight. This effectively put him out of the competition since there are no drop rounds.
After this there was the Masters Freestyle flights. Peter Hsaio of Taiwan started off the round with a very good flight. Then was Sakkarin Kongthon from Thailand who was putting down an amazing flight, but then he ended up crashing from being to low about 2 minutes in. This forced him to have to use his yellow card. His Re Flight was also good, but of course lost some effect since CD could not push his model as hard anymore because he had no more yellow card. Then Marik from Germany flew his flight. Marik had used his yellow card already the day before on his freestyle following his spectacular crash. After him was Vava Sasikana from Thailand who pushed his Goblin Kraken to the limits trying to make up some points and improve his placing! His flight was spectacular! Last to go was me. I was having a very good flight but unfortunately due to the extreme heat at the event I pushed my model a bit to hard and ended up not being able to complete the flight. This forced me to use my yellow card as well. My re flight was successful though. After this round all Masters finalist were still in the running.
After this there was the final round of freestyle for the Basic and Advanced level pilots. Since this was the last round all pilots were pushing their models and their skills to the maximum! What this also meant was that there was quite a fair few of spectacular crashes!
Then there was the last music round of the Masters. Going in to this round 4 out of the 5 pilots had already used their Yellow cards so it was still anyones bet as to what could happen. Since all rounds are counted, if any pilot crashed or had a failure he would be out of the contest.
Luckily all pilots flew and finished there flights and they were some of the most spectacular I ever saw! A we find videos we will for sure post them for you!
Following this there was the Speed Cup. The speed pilots would fly 2 rounds. There was 8 pilots and they all flew both rounds. Speed flying can be very risky and often have some crazy crashes but luckily no pilots had any problems or failures!
Then there was a new special event for this competition. Danny Wang called it the “30 Seconds Challenge” What this was was the Master Level Pilots could go out and do a single maneuver for 30 Seconds and try to win over the crowd with their single most impressive move. CD started off the competition with some very low and aggressive pro tic tocs that also rotated around he vertical axis. The crowd loved this! Then Marik flew and did a very tight rolling circle maneuver which was very technical and entertaining. Then was my self who did a sort of horizantle 8 maneuver with low pull outs which the crowd seemed to love! Then Vava went doing a tumbling hurricane which was very aggressive. Lastly was Peter Hsiao who did some low pyro rainbows in a circle.
After this the crowd voted for who they wanted to win and it was a tie between Myself and CD! So Danny decided to do another round to determine the winner. CD went first with doing a very tight nose down funnel with pitch pumps. Then I went and just did a very high nose dive with rolls. After this the crowd voted again and nominated CD to be the winner! CD won a extra 1000rmb for this!
Then we went straight into the award ceremony. There was some good prize money on the line. Over 32,000 RMB up for grabs!
Before the Award ceremony started they gave some special awards to influential people of the event. There was awards for the owner of the flying club, also Tom Khosit from Tom Motor, Anny Chen from Gaui, for supporting and bringing lots of competition pilots to the event. There was also awards for Danny Wang himself for organizing the event, and also to Jake Shen for helping Danny.
The results were as follows.
For Speed cup there was a tie for 1st between Ryan Chiu, and Peter Hsaio. They flew the same helicopter so it makes sense that they had the same speed!
After the awards there was the infamous Victory flights for the winners of each round! The basic Pilot flew great and survived the flight. The advanced winner Heng Kitchana heli lasted about 30 seconds before doing a full speed overspeed into the ground! The CD did a amazing flight that lasted till the end of the flight then he crashed in the autorotation!
After the awards there was a huge raffle which people could buy tickets to enter into. There was donations from many sponsors including Scorpion, Mikado, SAB, Gaui, etc etc
Congratulations to all pilots! And also to all Scorpion Pilots. Out of the top 5 in all classes nearly all were flying Scorpion Power Systems!
I had a great time at this event! Well done to Danny Wang for organizing such a great event! Can’t wait till next year!