These were the winners of the 2016 Phoenix Q- 40 Classic,
which had a record attendance of 85 pilots from six countries.
The team of Travis Flynn (R) and Robert Holik finished first and second at the Phoenix Classic. They
are the subjects of this month’s “Mind of a Racer” interview. Photo by Dan Kane.
Phoenix Q- 40 Classic
by Aaron “AJ” Seaholm
The Phoenix Q- 40 Classic was held February 27-28, 2016. The contest drew 85 competitors
from six countries. This was the largest
Q- 40 race in the last decade, and
perhaps of all time.
The competition was the fiercest
that I have seen. Top to bottom, the
performances and piloting skills were
amazing. Congratulations to all of the
Phoenix Q- 40 Classic competitors and
the top finishers.
Phoenix Q- 40 Classic
Name Time Points
1. Travis Flynn 1:00.38 31
2. Robert Holik 1:00.83 31
3. AJ Hemken 59. 74 30
4. Gino Del Ponte 59. 60 29
5. Dennis Cranfill 1:01.40 29
6. Eddie Melville 59. 67 28
7. Doug Killebrew 1:01.54 27
8. Ray Brown 1:01.79 27
9. Gabriel Tahhan 1:02.01 27
Fast time: Jim Allen 59. 60
Special thanks to the Speedworld RC
Flyers club and Contest Director Jim
Allen for another epic race in Phoenix.
Mind of a Racer
The team of Travis Flynn and Robert
Holik finished first and second at the
Phoenix Q- 40 Classic. Congratulations,
Travis and Robert, on your great effort.
I met with the winning duo to tap into
Aaron Seaholm: What is your Pylon
Travis Flynn: I started at 20 years
old with my first race in 1992. After
a few races with David Lloyd, I got
hooked up with the late Dave English
and started racing Formula 1 (F1). I
then met Jim Shinohara, Dave Shadel,
and Richard Verano. Richard was my
mentor for many years. After that, I
Bridge. Jim’s help in F1 was huge.
Robert Holik: It started with a senior
design project in college. I competed in
the SAE Aero Design competition in
I went to a local RC club. Aerosport
Giant Scale Racing was there and
invited me back to its race shop.
Archie Snyder gave me a job building
racers. I worked there for several
years, learned how to fly in 1997, and
met Richard Verano that year. He
introduced me to three-pole Pylon
Racing and FAI.
I joined the USA F3D FAI team
in 1997 as an interpreter. After that,
Richard and I became teammates. I
raced entry-level Q-500 and began
racing Q- 40 in 1999. I met Travis at
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