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RED BULL AIR RACE: Ivanoff wins Texas, Bonhomme new championship leader

10 September 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) – Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff had a flawless run in the Final Four on a hot and humid Texas afternoon and won the race with a time of 54.118 seconds with Britain’s Nigel Lamb taking second in 54.253 and Canada’s Pete McLeod finishing third in 54.666.

The overall Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle tightened dramatically after six races as Bonhomme moved ahead of Arch in the overall lead on 45 points thanks to his fifth place finish, while Arch, who finished eighth, slipped into a two-way tie for second place overall with Lamb on 44 points.

“It’s really nice to win the race on a great speedway like this,” said Ivanoff after getting the third victory of his career in the world’s fastest motorsport series. “I like the ambience of a motorsport race track like this, and finishing first was much better than I expected.”

The race in Fort Worth, where some 40,000 spectators witnessed the weekend action, was one of the most exciting this season. There were 45 pylon hits during the two days of action-packed training on one of the most challenging tracks ever with its tight turns and difficult stadium wind conditions. But with improved wind conditions on Sunday, there were no Race Day pylon hits. Temperatures soared into the high 30s C. / upper 90s F. as the pilots zipped through the track at speeds of nearly 370 km/h / 230 mph and at up to 10G.

The next race of the eight-stop championship will be held in Las Vegas on October 11-12.

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

World Championship Standings: 1. Bonhomme 45 points, 2. Arch 44, 3. Lamb 44, 4. Hall 28, 5. Ivanoff 27, 6. McLeod 25, 7. Dolderer 14, 8. Muroya 10, 9. Sonka 10, 10. Besenyei 6, 11. Chambliss 5, 12. Goulian 0.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Important Safety Information ahead of the Duxford Air Show

9 September 2014

Ahead of The Duxford Air Show this weekend, IWM Duxford has released some important safety information:

IWM Duxford takes great care to ensure its air shows are as safe as possible for everyone involved.

  • It is not safe to occupy the fields immediately south of the runway during the air show. If you do so you are putting yourself and the display pilots in harm’s way.
  • In the event of an incident it is imperative that the emergency services have clear, unhindered access to the tracks across this land.
  • There is no public access to these fields at any time.
  • Jointly issued by IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the owners of this land.

AIRSHOW NEWS: See two Lancasters close-up at the Jersey International Air Display 2014

4 September 2014

CWHM Lancaster - Image © Doug Fisher

A rare chance to see the world’s only two airworthy Avro Lancasters close-up will be offered as part of this year’s Jersey International Air Display, taking place on Thursday 11 September.

The aircraft, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, will form part of the show’s static display at Jersey Airport before and after their flying appearance over the Bay of St Aubin’s on Thursday 11 September. For a small fee, in aid of Help for Heroes, it will be possible to get up close to the pair of Lancasters – an opportunity only afforded at very few venues during the Canadian aircraft’s visit.

The arrival of the Lancasters at Jersey Airport is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 10 September. They will leave on Friday 12 September. The static display at the airport’s south apron is open during the following times:

  • Wednesday 10 September: 14.30hrs to 19.00hrs
  • Thursday 11 September: 08.00hrs to 09.30hrs
  • Thursday 11 September: 17.30hrs to 19.00hrs
  • Friday 12 September: 08.30hrs to 12.00hrs

Admission to the static display costs just £5.00 per person. Visitors are urged also to buy a copy of the show’s comprehensive souvenir programme, as this is one of the major means of funding the display.

The free air display takes place over the Bay of St Aubin’s during the afternoon of Thursday 11 September. Over the years, Jersey has become renowned as one of the most imaginative airshows on the scene — indeed, in 2013 it was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Bowen Trophy, presented by the European Airshow Council to what it considered the previous year’s best European air display.

This year’s list of flying display participants is as follows (correct to 2 September):

  • RAF Red Arrows
  • RAF Tucano
  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire
  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster (first Jersey appearance)
  • Army Air Corps Lynx AH7
  • Swedish Air Force Historic Flight AJS 37 Viggen, J 29F ‘Tunnan’, SK 35C Draken (first Jersey appearance) and SK 60
  • Autogyro (first Jersey appearance)
  • English Electric Canberra PR9
  • Hawker Hunter T7
  • Morane-Saulnier MS406 (first Jersey appearance)
  • Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
  • Polikarpov I-16 ‘Rata’ (first Jersey appearance)
  • Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (first Jersey appearance)


Further acts may be added depending on sponsorship.

In addition, a Polish Navy M28 Bryza 1R maritime patrol aircraft will form part of the airport static display, while helicopters on static display there, and in St Helier’s Lower Park or People’s Park on the day of the flying display, will comprise a Royal Navy Lynx, Merlin and Sea King

For further information, including the latest details of participants and timings, visit or

AIRSHOW NEWS: Jersey International Air Display 2014

2 September 2014

Jersey International Air Display

The Jersey International Air Display is taking place on Thursday 11 September 2014. There will be static displays at Jersey airport on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a rotary wing static display on either the Lower Park or Peoples Park in St Helier adjacent to where the flying display is taking place over the Bay of St Aubins The air display is organised by a not for profit company which has two objectives: supporting British Military Charities and supporting tourism in Jersey. The dedicated Service Charity for 2014 is Help for Heroes.

The air display is funded through sponsorship, programme sales and the small charge to the airport static display.The air display is free but there is a small admittance charge to the airport static display. £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children.Following some losses to the previously published attendees the current line-up is as follows:

Flying Display

  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Tucano T.1
  • RAF BBMF Hurricane
  • RAF BBMF Spitfire
  • RAF BBMF Lancaster B.1
  • RAF Red Arrows
  • Army Lynx AH.7 demonstration team
  • Autogyro
  • Canadian Warplane Museum Lancaster B.X
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight Sk.60
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight J-29F Tunnan
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight SK-35 Draken
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight AJ-37 Viggen
  • Morane Saulnier MS.406
  • Polikarpov I – 16 Rata (Flying)
  • French P-40
  • French OV-10 Bronco
  • English Electric Canberra PR.9
  • Hawker Hunter T.7

Rotary and Airport Static Displays

All the aircraft in the flying display will appear in our airport static display with the exception of the Canberra, which is only making a fleeting visit to the airport either before or after flying in the air display will be in the airport static display.

In addition:-

  • RN Merlin (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Lynx (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Sea King (Airport and Park Static)
  • Polish Navy Bryza 1R (Airport Static only)

For those coming to Jersey both Lancasters will be arriving on Wednesday 10th and departing on the Friday 12th September and will be at our airport static display on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the vast majority of the other aircraft taking part in the display. The static admission charge is £5 or less for an adult and £2.00 for a child.We are still looking at a number of additional aircraft for the flying display should additional sponsorship be forthcoming.

The air display is free to view but we ask everyone coming to purchase a copy or two of our full colour souvenir programme, which is an essential element in funding the air display. The cost is £5.


AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Festival launches with a big drop!

28 August 2014

Abseiling Royal Marines fast roped into today’s opening ceremony of the 7th Bournemouth Air Festival. Attended by Forces dignitaries the event celebrated the start of the much anticipated summer festival whilst also marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Established in 1664 the Royal Marines arrived with gusto and were presented to Commodore Jamie Miller, Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Group Captain Catherine Coton and The Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Chris Mayne.

In its 7th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the only event of its kind which brings together the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, civilian aircraft, display teams, trading and an awesome Night Air programme – all set against the backdrop of award-winning Bournemouth.

Commodore Miller said; “Over the next four days you will see the greatest ever concentration of Naval force yet at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Working with the Royal Marines, Army and French Navy we will be showcasing what we do best and demonstrating this on Friday to The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas. We are confident this will be our best year yet!”

Welcoming back aircraft favourites and a number of Festival firsts, the line up for this year’s Festival is not to be missed! With a full allocation of RAF display aircraft, the skies over Bournemouth will be hosting the Red Arrows for all four days, a festival first, the mighty Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in a historical never to be seen again flight with the Canadian Lancaster. In addition get set for the Tutor, Tucano, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and Dakota.

RAF Group Captain Catherine Coton said; “The Air Festival is a high priority event for the RAF, in terms of audience numbers it is perfect for showcasing our aircraft and offers a first class arena for engaging with the public. We’re really looking forward to the next 4 days and hope the public are too.”

Setting Bournemouth Air Festival apart from the other air shows is the stunning Night Air programme, Thursday – Saturday night from 6.15pm. Kick starting the evening entertainment is the Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team followed by HM Royal Marines Band (CTCRM) performing the historical sunset Beat Retreat ceremony at 6.30pm. Dusk displays start at 7.15pm and from 8.30pm at the Bournemouth Corona Live Music stage check out ‘The Silver Beatles’ (Thursday), ‘Bootleg Blondie’ (Friday) and ‘ABBA Chique’ (Saturday). Ticketed performances at the Boscombe Corona Wave105 Live Music Stage welcomes acts including Rizzle Kicks, Sigma, Jack Savoretti, Rixton, Nell Bryden and xx Friday and Saturday night.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “It really shows how far we have come over the last seven years to have such superb Royal Navy and RAF support. We can’t wait to welcome the First Sea Lord, it’s a really fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how the event itself and people of Bournemouth work with and support the Armed Forces. The Royal Navy has played an integral part in making the Air Festival the success it is today and we’re extremely grateful. Year-on-year the event continues to grow with more ships, people and assets. And to have Sir George here to experience this first hand is a real accomplishment for us all!”

Opening the Festival’s display programme and not to be missed is 94-year old wingwalker Tom Lackey, performing for the last 10years he said; “Wing walking keeps me going and at my age I wouldn’t be alive without, it’s what I live for! I hope you’re able to watch me open this year’s Air Festival and can’t wait to show you all what I can do!”

Bringing land, sea and air together, complimented with an incredible Night Air programme the firmly established Bournemouth Air Festival is more than just an air show!

For more information visit, follow the Festival Facebook page bournemouthairfestival or follow the team on Twitter @bmthairfest.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Wings & Wheels 10th Show a Sellout success

26 August 2014

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels 2014 - Pic by Tony Hart

The 10th Wings & Wheels Show basked in sunshine over the weekend as more than 40,000 visitors turned up on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August to enjoy the event.

The Chinook opened the air display both days with their exciting, high energy manoeuvres before the Mitchell soared through the sky in the first of the historical aircraft with close links to the Aerodrome.

Eight aircraft from the Second World War made a fitting tribute to the 70th anniversary of D-Day as the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire and Mustang, Aces High Dakota DC3 and the RNAFHF B25 Mitchell flew in the first part of a unique formation. The crowd fell silent both days as the second part filled the sky led by a once in a lifetime formation made up of the Canadian Lancaster and BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

On Saturday a formation by the Vulcan and Gnats display team continued the Show’s tradition of arranging one off and interesting flying combinations. The Red Arrows marked their 50th display season with a faultless performance on Sunday, also marking the Aerodromes’ 40th anniversary of the first time the Hawk flew from the site.

The five hour air displays were not only packed with action from The Blades, Breitling Wingwalkers, Midair Squadron Canberra and Hunter but also by explosions which rocked the arena thanks to a stunning display of pyrotechnic power by the Apache Attack Helicopter Display Team.

Brooklands Museum took to the Top Gear track with over 220 cars each day including a mix of modern and classic cars from the Porsche, TVR, Ferrari, Ford GT40 to the stunning Napier-Railton Special and Railton Terraplane Sport Tourer.

Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ opened for tours as visitors also flocked to the newest addition to the Aerdrome, the VC10 owned by Brooklands Museum.

Another new addition to the Show was a morning slot for remote controlled aircraft, including the 1/4 scale Red Arrows Hawk models flown by father and son duo Steve and Matt Bishop.

The Stunt Zone returned with The White Helmets performing spectacular feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics on their hand built British Millennium Triumph 750cc motorcycles supported by modified car club South Evolution.

The military vehicle and car parades showcased the assortment of wheels the event had attracted, whilst the re-enactment battles from the Screaming Eagles went off with a bang.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We are delighted with the success that Wings & Wheels has become, it has grown tremendously since the first event in 2005. So much so, that for the first time in the Show’s history, we had to make the difficult decision to stop on the day ticket sales on Sunday to ensure the continued enjoyment of those already at the event.

The displays and attractions were first class with the Canadian and BBMF Lancaster’s fly-past just one in a long line of highlights from the weekend. This, combined with great Bank Holiday weather, meant we experienced some traffic delays. Traffic is a challenge for any large event and we will continue to look at a variety of measures to do what we can to improve the flow on and off site for next year’s Show. Our team work tirelessly to put on Wings & Wheels with support from volunteers who donate their time before and during the Show. We owe them enormous thanks for the success the event has now become.”

Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 assisted the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Legendary bombers at The Duxford Air Show – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

19 August 2014

We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster Mk X will fly in tandem with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster at The Duxford Air Show on Sunday 14 September; a truly historicmoment.
Probably themost famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance.

Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF)Lancaster squadrons in England during the Second World War. By late 1944, the Canadian No.6 Group of Bomber Command operated 13 squadrons of Lancasters.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster Mk X was built at Victory Aircraft, Malton, Ontario, Canada in July 1945 and was later converted to a RCAF 10MR configuration. In 1952, it suffered a serious accident and received a replacement wing from a Lancaster that had flown in combat over Germany.

It served as amaritime patrol aircraft with No.405 Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia and No.107 Rescue Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland formany years. The aircraft was retired fromthe Royal Canadian Air Force in late 1963.

Following complete restoration, the Lancaster flew again on 24 September 1988. It is dedicated to Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and is painted in the colours of his aircraft KB726-VR-A, which flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force No.419 (Moose) Squadron.

Andrew Mynarski won the Victoria Cross on 13 June 1944, when his Lancaster was shot down in flames by a German night fighter. As the bomber fell, he attempted to free the tail gunner trapped in the rear turret of the blazing and out-of-control aircraft. The tail gunner miraculously survived the crash and lived to tell the story, but sadly Andrew Mynarski died fromhis severe burns.

Flying in tandem with the Canadian Warplane Heritage MuseumLancaster is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster PA474, the only other remaining airworthy Lancaster in the world today.

Lancaster PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, after the war in Europe came to an end. It was prepared for use against the Japanese as part of the ‘Tiger Force’. However, the war in the Far East ended before the aircraft could be deployed and it did not take part in hostilities. It was assigned to aerial survey duties with No.82 Squadron in East and South Africa from September 1948 to February 1952.

In 1964, PA474 was adopted by the RAF Air Historical Branch and, during this period, took part in two films, Operation Crossbow and The Guns of Navarone. Permission to fly PA474 regularly was granted in 1967 and the Lancaster underwent an extensive restoration. The Lancaster joined the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in November 1973 and restoration work on the aircraft has continued ever since.

The Lancaster is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385 Thumper Mk III of No.617 Squadron, famously known as The Dambusters. Thumper was one of the brand-new standard Lancasters issued to the squadron after the Dams Raid in 1943. Formany of the aircraft’s operations it was flown by a crew led by pilot Bob Knights. Many of Bob’s crew had nearly reached a total of 30 operations, which would mean some rest and recuperation. The crew decided that they were safer together and so volunteered for a second operational tour, this time flying Lancaster DV385.

In total, Bob Knights flew 41 ‘ops’ with No.617 Squadron, 29 of themin Thumper Mk III, and many of them amongst the unit’smost challenging precision bombing operations. He also took part in all three Lancaster raids against the Tirpitz. In December 1944, after flying an official total of 67 bombing raids, Bob was rested. In January 1945, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During his time with 617 Squadron, eight of the unit’s Lancasters failed to return fromoperations and another had been lost in an accident. 32 of his fellow aircrew had been killed and more had been injured or became prisoners of war.

Also from the Avro stable of aircraft, Vulcan XH558, operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, will fly at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 September.

XH588 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years in service. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world. The aircraft’s final flight was on 23 March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold by the Ministry of Defence to C Walton Ltd, a family firmwho purchased and maintained the aircraft with the aspiration that itmight fly again.

In 1997, a small team, headed by Dr Robert Pleming, started to put together a plan to return the Vulcan to flight. In 1998, Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace was identified as having the skills, capabilities, quality control and experience in one-off aircraft projects to undertake the Vulcan restoration project.

On 31 August 2006, XH558 rolled out of the hangar for the first time in seven years and has been thrilling air show visitors ever since.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B is well-known and loved by visitors to IWMDuxford. The UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17, the aircraft is a flying memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.

Built as Boeing B-17G-105-VE c/n 8693, the future Sally B was one of the last B-17s to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank, California. Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) on 19 June 1945 it was too late to see service in the Second World War.

Converted for training purposes, it was based at Wright Field, Ohio from November 1945.

It was used for a variety of research roles before being purchased by the Institut Geographique National in November 1954.

Sally B was brought to Britain and to IWM Duxford in 1975 and has been permanently based at the museum for almost 40 years under the ownership and care of the B-17 Preservation Trust. Sally B has starred in many films and television productions including Memphis Belle, Black Book and Bomber Crew.

See these and many more iconic aircraft take to the skies at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes can be purchased online at
The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 29 August.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 2 September.
Purchase your tickets in advance and receive one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased.

You’ll also enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:
Adult (16 or over) £24.75
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan confirmed but with a twist at Wings & Wheels

18 August 2014

Image © Paul Johnson

The last airworthy Avro Vulcan will be putting on a powerful display as she returns to Wings & Wheels on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August this summer.

She won’t be alone though as on Saturday the Show has another special formation planned with the Vulcan and three Gnats of the Red Gnat Display Team performing a flypast.

The Vulcan to the Sky’s Avro Vulcan XH558 is the only flying example of the country’s powerful V-Force. Painted in “anti-flash” white, XH558 was delivered on 1st July 1960, from the factory at Woodford, near Manchester, to RAF Waddington near Lincoln. XH558 was the first Vulcan B.Mk2 to be delivered to the RAF, and she is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world.

XH558 was also the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan, a career spanning 33 years. Her final flight was on 23rd March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold off by the Ministry of Defence to C Walton Ltd, a family firm which purchased and maintained her. In 1997, a small team, headed by Dr Robert Plemming, put together an audacious plan to return her to flight which took place in October 2007.

The Red Gnat Display Team is part of The Heritage Aircraft Trust (a UK registered Charity), dedicated to the restoration and conservation of classic historic aircraft. Its home base is at North Weald Airfield near London in Essex. The team currently consists of three Folland Gnat T. Mk1 aircraft expertly maintained and displayed and is the only civilian supersonic jet aerobatic display team on the air show circuit.

Jamie McAllister, Events Director comments: “As well as solo displays, the Vulcan and Red Gnat Display Team will be performing a one off fly past on Saturday, the second unique formation to take place over the weekend. We are very excited to have these aircraft join the line-up at Wings & Wheels, which is shaping up to be a 10th celebration to remember.”

The 10th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August 2014, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 21:00.

Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572.

Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

RED BULL AIR RACE: Brits storm to double victory at Ascot

ASCOT (United Kingdom) Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, sending a sell-out home crowd of 29,000 spectators into a frenzy with thrilling performances in challenging windy conditions.

It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme in his 55th race and also second win of the season worth 12 championship points that helped him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season. The Austrian finished a distant eighth on Sunday.

Bonhomme, who also wears race number 55, now has 41 world championship points to Arch’s 43. He won the Ascot race with its first-ever standing start with a flawless performance despite difficult and changing English winds that gusted up to 30 knots and caused many pilots problems. The spectators in the capacity crowd were on their feet watching the spine-tingling action from the grandstand and grassy terraces and they roared their approval when Bonhomme stopped the clock in the Final Four with a sensational time of 1:11.579. Lamb, celebrating his 58th birthday, was a close second and got his third straight podium with a sterling time of 1:11.750, which was good enough for 10 points that also put him into the thick of the championship battle with 35 points overall.

“I think this has to be the greatest escape yet – it’s a great win,” said Bonhomme, who had a dismal performance in Qualifying on Saturday and was nearly eliminated in the first round of 12 on Sunday when he was beaten by Germany’s Matthias Dolderer, who finished fourth overall on Sunday. “The British crowd love aviation and I couldn’t have wished for a better result.”

Results: 1. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), Nigel Lamb (GBR), 3. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 4. Mathias Dolderer (GER), 5. Matt Hall (AUS), 6. Yoshihide Muroya, (JAP), 7. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 8. Hannes Arch (AUT), 9. Martin Sonka (CZE), 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Pete McLeod (CAN), 12. Michael Goulian (USA).

World Championship: 1. Arch 43, 2. Bonhomme 41, 3. Lamb 35, 4. Hall 25, 5. McLeod 18, 6. Ivanoff 15, 7. Muroya 10, 8. Dolderer 9, 9. Sonka 8, 10. Besenyei, 6, 11. Chambliss 5, 12. Goulian 0.

RED BULL AIR RACE: Canada’s McLeod upsets Austria’s Arch, Brits in Qualifying

16 August 2014

Ascot opening day was full of surprises with Canada’s Pete McLeod winning Qualifying while championship leader Hannes Arch of Austria had an off day, finishing fifth. Britain’s Nigel Lamb was third and Paul Bonhomme seventh.

ASCOT, England – Canada’s Pete McLeod put in a brilliant performance on Saturday to win Qualifying for the Red Bull Air Race on Sunday at the Ascot Racecourse, upsetting championship leader Hannes Arch of Austria as well as British pilots Nigel Lamb and Paul Bonhomme in front of an appreciative crowd of 22,000.

Paul Bonhomme, UK pilots and reigning Air Race World Champion said: “I think the wind changed the game hugely today. In training yesterday we had virtually no wind and suddenly we’ve got a monster wind from the west today. Down here in the Ascot bowl it feels quite calm but if you go up there and you suddenly got a 25-knot wind. Picking the right line is quite difficult. We’re happy with the flying. We had two little engine setting issues, that’s a factor. We were very happy with our training time earlier.

He added: “People keep asking me about the home crowd pressure, but I’m not feeling flustered. The pressure is from all the other guys going quickly. Everyone seems to have a quick run here and then a duffer. It’s going to be a completely new day tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”

McLeod mastered the challenging course set up above the historic horse race track west of London on a bright but blustery day and posted a winning time of 1:10.698. France’s Nicolas Ivanoff was second on 1:11.585 while Lamb took third in 1:11.842. Arch, who has won two of the first four races this season, was in fifth while the woes of reigning world champion Bonhomme continued as he finished a distant and disappointing seventh.

Pete McLeod, today’s winner said: “I had a great time and I’m really happy with my position. I’m definitely satisfied with my performance today. I had a lot of confidence and executed my strategy. I think my first run set me up nicely for my second Qualifying run. I just took some more risks on the second run, turned in a little earlier on the gates but I wanted to fly penalty free and even though I risked a bit more in the second run it worked. I know I need to work on avoiding getting a penalty for exceeding the 10g limit.

“I wouldn’t use the word ‘dominate’ here after Qualifying because Hannes has the ability to run this track even a little big faster. He was having a good run in Quali 2 but he just got a little rattled or something. It doesn’t get any better on Qualifying Day than to take first placed. I’m definitely satisfied. It’s been a good progression for me on this track, from training to Qualifying.”

The 12 pilots in the world’s fastest motorsport series delighted the big Qualifying Day crowd, fashionably dressed as they watched from the grandstands and grass terraces, as they roared past from the first standing start in the sport’s history. The cheers were loudest for Britain’s Bonhomme, who is second in the championship behind Arch, and Lamb, who is third overall. Both put in solid runs on the undulating course filled with trees, shrubbery, ponds and other obstacles.

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