The Heat is ON - Dallas

Posted on: 30th Nov -0001

Arch Clings to Shrinking Lead as Air Race Moves to United States


DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) – The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to the

United States with a riveting stop set for the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth on September

6-7. Austria’s Hannes Arch will try to hold onto his crumbling lead ahead of hard-charging Paul

Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb after the two Brits flew brilliantly at home in the last race to take first and

second places there. The sixth round of the eight-stop world championship will be held at the famous

motor circuit in Dallas/Fort Worth, one of the largest sports stadiums in the United States.

The race at ‘The Great American Speedway’, as it is sometimes called, will be an eagerly awaited

homecoming for Americans Kirby Chambliss, the 2006 World Champion and native Texan born in

Corpus Christi, as well as Michael Goulian from Massachusetts, who won the Budapest race in 2009.

Both have struggled this year and will be hoping for a boost from the Texan crowd. It will be the first U.S.

race since the stop in New York in 2010 that Bonhomme won and Chambliss took third place. The highspeed,

low-altitude race through Air Gate pylons set up inside and around the 1.5-mile quad-oval track

will also be an historic occasion because it will be the first time an Air Race of any kind will be held at a

NASCAR track and the first time inside a stadium in the United States. The pilots and their planes will

also take off and land from the infield of the track, a first in the United States, with the crowd watching all

the action from the grandstands.


Arch, the 2008 champion won two of the first four races this season, faltered at the last race in Ascot,

England with a dismal eighth place for 43 points overall while reigning champion Bonhomme bounced

back from two subpar performances to win the home race with style and collect 12 points for 41 points in

total to cut Arch’s lead at the top to just 2 points.


The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features 12 of the world’s best race pilots in a motor sport

competition that combines speed, precision and skill as pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up

of air-filled pylons 25 meters high at speeds of up to 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 10G