Breitling Racing Team Pilots Secure Solid Results at Ascot

Posted on: 18th Aug 2015

The Breitling Racing Team pilots Nigel Lamb and François Le Vot showed impressive skills and determination, at the world famous Ascot Racecourse this weekend, gaining 5th and 14th place respectively. Over 40,000 spectators were treated to an action packed afternoon as the first land track of 2015, which was covered by an array of large trees, caused the pilots to stack up multiple penalties.

ASCOT, UK: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned to the historic and beautiful setting of Ascot Racecourse for the fifth meeting of the 2015 season. The 14 best pilots in the world took to the air, with a British victory for Paul Bonhomme by 2.608 seconds, being the only pilot not to sustain a penalty in the Final 4.

For François Le Vot the Ascot round of the Red Bull Air Race was an entirely new experience, and his first overland track in the Master Class World Championship. When discussing his initial thoughts on the track, Le Vot stated “It is a big disadvantage to discover the track for the first time this year when flying against such experienced pilots who have flown here before. However I was not surprised with what the track provided as I studied hard and prepared myself.” Gaining a good grasp of the track during training Le Vot was keen to push harder when against experienced pilot Peter Besenyei on race day. With nothing to lose Le Vot gave his all, unfortunately being too early in the turn and picking up a 2 second penalty at Gate 10, for incorrect passing of the air gate. Le Vot also picked up an unfortunate smoke penalty, allowing the Hungarian the margin he needed to knock the French pilot out of the race. François commented, “I will learn from this experience, it’s very frustrating and I will certainly remember to trigger the smoke earlier in future.”

Nigel Lamb returned to his home track keen to put in a good performance in front of the supporting crowd. On noting that it was the first race of the season at a land track, Nigel Lamb commented “I much prefer flying over land; the depth of perception and sensation of speed are much greater, as well as allowing me to have a higher ability to assess and perfect lines.” Lamb put in steady but stable timings in qualifying, but come race day the pilot knew he would have to step up a gear. Following the race Lamb explained that he had been concentrating so much on the mistakes made in qualifying, mainly the precision and accuracy of his lines, that when it came to the Round of 14 against Kirby Chambliss he overcompensated, causing a 2 second penalty at Gate 5 due to flying too high. However, luck was on Lamb’s side with the American pilot also incurred a penalty, and with the quicker time, the Breitling Racing Team pilot went through to the Round of 8. Nigel was now against familiar rival pilot Matt Hall. With an MXS-R matchup, it was pilot skill that would decide the winner of Heat 10. Lamb put in an amazing performance scraping 4 seconds off his time, clocking in at 1:06.993 to apply pressure on the Australian pilot. However, Hall stormed round the track, with faster rolls earning a faster time by 0.462 of a second, knocking Lamb out of the Final 4. Not the desired outcome but Lamb said “At the end of the day I am happy with my performance; I decreased the time I was off the pace by over 1.5 of a second, which is a massive difference.” Lamb has reverted back to using his original elevator with modifications and is positive going into the next Red Bull Air Race at Spielberg, Austria.


Results Ascot: 1. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 2. Matt Hall (AUS), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 6. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 7. Martin Sonka (CZE), 8. Hannes Arch (AUT), 9. Michael Goulian (USA), 10. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 11. Juan Velarde (ESP), 12. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 13. Pete McLeod (CAN), 14. François Le Vot (FRA)