Chichester dentist and estate agent triumph in flying race

Rogers Scholes (centre) and Dominic Crossan (left) collect their trophy
Rogers Scholes (centre) and Dominic Crossan (left) collect their trophy

TWO PILOTS are on cloud nine after winning a national trophy.

Roger Scholes, who runs a dental practice in Chichester, and Dominic Crosson, a director at Crossmeads Estate Agents in Chichester, have won the Royal Aero Club’s Kings Cup.

“I didn’t actually believe everyone when I landed,” said Roger. “We weren’t first over the line. There were two over the line before us who got penalised. We were right on the tail of the aircraft that came second.”

The two other craft had missed a point on the air course.

The 100-mile race takes off from the Shobdon Airfield, in Herefordshire.

Roger was the pilot and Dominic was navigator in a Slingsby T67 Firefly.

The race took place on August 30.

Learning to fly a plane was a dream come true for Roger.

He had started learning in the USA and also had lessons at Goodwood.

“It’s a real thrill to be doing something that I hoped to be doing when I was older,” he said.

He said winning was unexpected.

“We’ve been trying really hard. We get to about five race weekends a year. We’ve got the odd second but we’ve never done this well so it’s a huge thrill.”

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