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Breitling Racing Team Clinches the Top Spot At the First Red Bull Air Race in East Asia

Posted on: 30th Nov -0001

Britain’s Nigel Lamb upset Austria’s Hannes Arch in an action-packed Red Bull Air Race

World Championship battle in the sweltering tropical heat of Putrajaya, getting an

emotional first career victory. Australia’s Matt Hall took third in the first-ever east Asia

race in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

 

PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia) – Arch nevertheless moved into the overall lead with 30 points after

the third round of the eight-race world championship that has stops in seven countries on three

continents. Bonhomme, who saw his string of 15 straight podiums abruptly ended, is second

overall with 25 points, while Lamb moved into third on 17 points.

 

Lamb, who remains hugely popular in Malaysia after touring in the tropical nation as a display

pilot for five years earlier in his career, gave his local fans watching from the shores of Putrajaya

Lake a clinical demonstration of superb flying under the humid skies. Undeterred by the

temperatures that soared into the high 30s, Lamb kept his cool flying first in the Final Four on

the high-speed, low-altitude track and stopped the clock in 1:15.023 – the fastest run of the day.

Hall came close with 1:15.691 and Arch came even closer at 1:15.597.

 

“I never thought I’d feel this emotion,” said Lamb, after getting six second-place finishes before

in 43 previous races in his seven-year career. “It’s a great feeling. After seven years, and all the

ups and downs, this is the payoff.”

'I have learnt a lot, to know the balance between taking risks and not risking too much. It’s a

great feeling. Thank you for all the support, it's a team effort, including Breitling and the Red Bull

Air Race organisation, it's been a fantastic race and event here in Putrajaya, it’s great to be

back in Malaysia."

 

Overall, the Breitling Racing Team has had a successful weekend with not only principle pilot

Nigel Lamb clinching the highly sought after Masters Cup, but also Breitling supported pilot

François le Vot taking home the Challenger Trophy. The current World Aerobatic Champion has

won three Challenger races in a row, and looks very confident in the new series introduced to

bring new pilots into the sport.

 

 

Results: 1. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 2. Hannes Arch (AUT), 3. Matt Hall (AUS), 4. Pete McLeod

(CAN), 5. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 6. Martin Sonka (CZE), 7. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 8. Matthias

Dolderer (GER), 9. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 10. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 11. Nicolas Ivanoff

(FRA), 12. Michael Goulian (USA)

 

 

World Championship Standings: 1. Arch (30 points), 2. Bonhomme (25), 3. Lamb (17), 4.

McLeod (17), 5. Hall (14), 6. Sonka (8), 7, Muroya (7), 8. Ivanoff (5), 9. Dolderer (4), 10.

Besenyei (2)

 


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