Breitling Racing Team Lead Going into Red Bull Air Race Season Showdown

Posted on: 30th Nov -0001

Breitling Racing Team Hold the Lead Going into Red Bull Air Race Season




Breitling pilot Nigel Lamb leads the Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle with a

five point lead over Austria’s Hannes Arch and defending World Champion Paul

Bonhomme of Britain. The season finale will be held in the Styrian mountains of

Spielberg, Austria on October 25/26.


SPIELBERG (Austria) – The Red Bull Air Race World Championship lead has changed hands

four times and there have been five different winners at the seven races heading into the

season finale of the world’s fastest motorsport series at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Nigel

Lamb of Britain flying the Breitling MXS-R aircraft leaped into the overall lead with his fifth

straight podium finish at the last race in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 12. Hannes Arch of

Austria, is within striking range in second place heading into his home race and defending

World Champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain, is in third place but still has a chance to win a third

straight title, if he can keep fellow countryman Nigel from the podium.


“This has been an amazing season and every race has been tighter than ever before,” said

Lamb, who has 53 World Championship points to 48 points for Arch and 47 for Bonhomme.

Lamb has been near perfect in the last five races, winning 48 out of a maximum 60 points

available with an outstanding streak that includes one first place (12 points) and four straight

second place finishes (36). “There are so many pilots flying within a fraction of a second of each

other now, so if you make one tiny mistake you’ll lose.” Indeed, there has been a record eight

different pilots winning spots on the podium this season and mere hundredths of a second have

separated the winners from the losers.


The race in Spielberg, which will be the 58th overall in the sport’s history, is a homecoming for

the Red Bull Air Race. Eleven years ago the series started with its first race ever in nearby

Zeltweg and has since been staged in 18 countries since it was launched in 2003. The highspeed,

low-altitude races took place this year in Abu Dhabi, Croatia, Malaysia, Poland, England,

the United States and now Austria.


Set on the mountain side with the elevation change within one lap about 65 meters, rising from

the start/finish line toward the turning manoeuvre and the chicane, the Austrian track is

expected to be one of the most challenging this season.