Britain’s Nigel Lamb won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday with a dramatic victory under pressure at the season finale in Spielberg, Austria. Lamb’s second place finish secured him the championship after Austria’s Hannes Arch ended up a disappointing fourth place in a final race in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 spectators.
GDYNIA, Poland – Austria’s Hannes Arch widened his lead at the top of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship to 13 points with a victory in front of 130,000 spectators in Gdynia on Sunday, picking up his third straight win in Europe. Britain’s Nigel Lamb was second, while Matt Hall of Australia got his second straight third place. [Read more…]
The 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season final will now be staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on October 25 and 26. The final race of the season has been moved to the F1 circuit in the Styrian mountains in place of the original race location in China due to feasibility. This will serve as a homecoming of sorts, as the series started with its first-ever race in Zeltweg, Austria.
In the sweltering tropical heat of Putrajaya, Malaysia, the third leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship airs Monday, June 2, at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on FOX Sports 1.
After two races, Hannes Arch of Austria and Paul Bonhomme of Britain are taking their rivalry to new heights. Arch, the 2008 champion, beat the defending champion from Great Britain in the last race of the world’s fastest motorsport series in Rovinj, Croatia, by fractions of a second following Bonhomme’s narrow defeat over Arch in the season opener in Abu Dhabi.
“Things are getting muggy as we travel to Malaysia for the first air race in Asia,” said FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “After two stops, two veteran pilots have jumped out in a tie for the lead of the World Championship and could pull away from the rest of the field with another 1-2 finish.”
The standings after two races:
1. Hannes Arch (AUT) 21 points, 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 21, 3. Pete McLeod (CAN) 12, 4. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 7, 5. Matt Hall (AUS) 7, 6. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 5, 7. Martin Sonka (CZE) 5, 8. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 5, 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 5, 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA).
In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles. The pilots endure forces of up to 10Gs in the tight air-course turns.
After Malaysia, the tour continues on to Poland, Britain, the United States and China.
Hosted by Nick Fellows with analysis by former Air Race pilot Mike Mangold, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is part of a Red Bull global sports series on FOX Sports 1 that also includes the Cliff Diving World Series, X-Fighters, and the Crashed Ice World Championship.
The Malaysia broadcast will also be available immediately after the FOX Sports 1 show on demand starting at 9 pm ET on Red Bull TV, which is available for free at www.redbull.tv, through its iOS and Android applications, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Smart TV’s. For more information on the global series, go to www.redbullairrace.com.
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Debby Standefer has joined Team Chambliss as team coordinator for the upcoming 2014 Red Bull Air Race season.
The Red bull Air Race World Championships soar into San Diego May 9-10. This will be the third time the race has been held in San Diego. More than 120,000 fans attended the race last year.
Fifteen of the world’s top race pilots, including four rookies from four corners of the globe, will compete in this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which will touch down in six locations beginning with the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi April 17 and 18.
The next stops will be in San Diego and Windsor in Ontario, Canada, before returning back across the Atlantic to Europe for stops in Budapest, Porto and Barcelona.