Nigel Lamb Leads the Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Posted on: 30th Nov -0001

Nigel Lamb Leads the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Ahead of the Final Race

Nigel Lamb claimed his forth-consecutive 2nd podium place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada, making him the leader of the fastest motorsport series in the World.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (USA) - Nigel Lamb of Great Britain moved into the overall World Championship lead of the world’s fastest motorsport series with 53 points leaving him five points clear of his closest rival Hannes Arch from Austria.

There was high drama on a bright and sunny afternoon in America's gambling capital when heavy winds gusted at speeds above 30 knots toppling several of the 25-meter high pylons. Nigel Lamb had consistently flown well all week and set the track record of 48.495 seconds. In the first round of race day Nigel set a clean and conservative time through the wind-swept track, but many of the other pilots faltered with a high number of penalties and mistakes. Nigel was locked in a tight battle for the championship title and the powerful winds from the north wreaked havoc with his two closets rivals. Paul Bonhomme of Britain and Austria's Hannes Arch, both struggled on the high-speed, low-altitude track with unaccustomed mistakes in the heavy winds and would have been eliminated in the Top 12 round had the race continued to the Super 8. As the winds picked up, the racing committee deemed it was not possible to continue and as Canadian Pete McLeod hadn’t set a time the results are taken from the previous days qualification.

Nigel Lamb Comments:

“Our Season has turned out pretty well since our first win in Malaysia. You do have to know the rules well enough to add all the factors into the race strategy and we always aim to do well in Qualification in case this happens and to get a good position for the head to head draw for the Top 12.”

“Pete has had some misfortunes this season, but he is very fast and I am not surprised to see him set the fastest qualifying time. It is a shame we could not complete the race, actually we just want to fly and  provide as much flying and entertainment for the spectators here.”

“I have the same level of confidence since Malaysia, but there are so many elements and everything needs to go well for the whole team. We are looking forward to Spielberg, but I’m a Pragmatist, our feet are very firmly on the ground the difference between winning and receiving nil points… is so small.”

The overall World Championship lead changed hands in Las Vegas, for the fourth time in this most exciting season ever, with Lamb leaping in front of Bonhomme into first place -- for the first time in his long career -- with his 53 championship points. Arch is in second with 48 points and Bonhomme has 47 points going into the final race of the season in Spielberg, Austria on October 25/26.


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

World Championship Standings: 1. Lamb 53 points, 2. Arch 48, 3. Bonhomme 47, 4. McLeod 37, 5. Hall 33, 6. Ivanoff 30, 7. Dolderer 21, 8. Sonka 11, 9. Muroya 10, 10. Besenyei 6, 11. Chambliss 5, 12. Goulian 0.

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