RIO DE JANEIRO – Hannes Arch of Austria was declared the winner of the Red Bull Air Race in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday when adverse conditions made it impossible to continue the racing during the Top 12 round.
Arch, who had posted the fastest time in Qualifying, was awarded the victory in only the second race in Red Bull Air Race history that could not continue due to rain and wind. Nigel Lamb of Britain took second and Paul Bonhomme finished third.
“Due to adverse weather conditions the Race Committee has taken the decision not to continue with the Top 12,” organisers said in a statement. “The results will be taken from Qualifying. The world championship standings will be based on qualifying.”
Team Breitling Race Report
TEAM BREITLING picks up Second place in the Rio leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
The flights went ahead as scheduled for the Wild Card round, and partly through the Top 12 before the Air Race had to be stopped due to heavy rain and high winds. Because the TOP 12 was not completed in full, the official race results are taken from the previous day’s qualifying.
Nigel Comments “Of course a second place is great and contributes 10 points towards our overall Championship campaign, but it was a shame not to race today, it makes the result a little bit of an anti-climax”
The Breitling MXS-R will now be dismantled and air freighted directly to Windsor for the next round 5/6 June. Team Breitling will be pleased to get back to the UK after being stranded abroad due to the volcanic ash. After some well deserved rest, the plan is to come out in Windsor and prove that the Breitling Man and Machine combination is competitive enough to win!