16 Feb 2015

Red Bull Air Race 2015: Bonhomme triumphs in Abu Dhabi at season opener

Hitting top speeds of 370 km/h while flying just above the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, Bonhomme mastered the scorching temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and the changing winds to take top honors with a time of 57.787 seconds in the first of eight races in 2015 of the world's fastest motorsport series.

Hall was a close second on a glorious day for racing, just 0.084 seconds behind in 57.871 seconds, while Pete McLeod of Canada took third in 58.843 seconds in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) official air racing world championship. Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion Nigel Lamb ended up a disappointing fifth after being knocked out by Bonhomme in the Round of 8.

"It was all in a busy day's work," said Bonhomme, who won in Abu Dhabi for the second consecutive year and fourth time overall. "Our whole team has a lot of experience and I think we're able to get out of the blocks faster than the other teams."Hall made the most of his revolutionary new "winglets" -- 750- mm high curved tips on the outer edge of his wings -- and equaled a career-best second place. "I'm happy to be on the podium but it's kind of frustrating to be so close to winning. It was just eight onehundredths of a second! That's about the length of an airplane that separated us."

Abu Dhabi, with its knowledgeable and enthusiastic motorsport fans, hosted the Red Bull Race World Championship season opener for an eighth straight time. There were 14 pilots from 11 nations battling for championship points in the race in which pilots navigate a low-level slalom track made up of 25-meter high air-filled pylons at high speeds while enduring forces of up to 10G. Many of Abu Dhabi's highsociety spectators watched the action in style at the Sky Lounge and Race Club, the official and exclusive hospitality programs. The next race will be in Chiba, Japan on May 16/17.

Results: 1. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 2. Matt Hall (AUS), 3. Pete McLeod (CAN), 4. Hannes Arch (AUT), 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 6. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 7. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 8. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 10. Martin Sonka (CZE). 11. Francois Le Vot (FRA), 12. Michael Goulian (USA), 13. Juan Velarde (ESP), 14. Kirby Chambliss (USA)

World Championship Standings: 1. Bonhomme (12 points), 2. Hall (9), 3. McLeod (7), 4. Arch (5), 5. Lamb (4), 6. Muroya (3), 7. Besenyei (2), 8. Ivanoff (1), 9. Dolderer, 10. Sonka, 11. Le Vot, 12. Goulian,
13. Velarde, 14. Chambliss


(text & pictures: www.redbullairrace.com)

EVENT NAME PLACE DATE  
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 13 Feb to 14 Feb 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Chibe (Japan) 15 May to 16 May 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Rovinj (Croatia) 30 May to 31 May 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Budapest (Hungary) 04 Jul to 05 Jul 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Ascot (United Kingdom) 15 Aug to 16 Aug 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Spielberg (Austria) 05 Sep to 06 Sep 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Fort Worth, Texas (USA) 26 Sep to 27 Sep 2015 Information
2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Las Vegas (USA) 17 Oct to 18 Sep 2015 Information

FAI and Red Bull Air Race

FAI and Red Bull Air Race World Championship signed an agreement including the provision of FAI medals especially designed for the Red Bull Air Race, the inclusion of all races in the FAI Events Calendar, and the official approval by the FAI of the race Rules & Regulations. Furthermore, the FAI provides a delegate who attends all events to supervise safety aspects.