Lamb 6th in Budapest Qualifier

Posted on: 4th Jul 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Australia’s Matt Hall took top honors in Qualifying on Saturday for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop in Budapest on a hot afternoon and will be the man to beat in Sunday's race, the fourth of eight races in the world's fastest motorsport series. Lamb flew into 6th position, setting him up to fly against Nicolas Ivanoff in the Round of 14 on Race Day. 
Winning Qualifying for the first time in his career, Hall proved to be a master of the heat on the spectacular track set up in the heart of the Hungarian capital with its one-of-a-kind start beneath the iconic Chain Bridge and stopped the clock in a blazing time of 58.323 seconds. Yoshihide Muroya of Japan took second in the high-speed, low-altitude action where pilots hit speeds of up to 370 km/h while Hannes Arch of Austria, who won the last race in Rovinj, bounced back from training results to take third. 

Britains Nigel Lamb, who earlier in the day, had come a disappointing 12th in Training 3, confessed that he may have been a little too aggressive in his lines giving him multiple penalties of which he would not normally have fallen prey to. However during qualification he backed off a little too much to fly a conservative, but competitive 59.553 ranking him 6th, and facing Nicolas Ivanoff in the Round of 14 tomorrow who came 9th. 

Lamb comments; "I enjoyed the track and felt I flew well but I'm disappointed with my times and subsequently, my qualifying position. On reflection, in my determination to avoid penalties, I was way too conservative with some lines. No doubt, Max will have plenty to say after tonight's analysis! .. hopefully, I will hit better lines tomorrow."


Hungary's Peter Besenyei, the 2003 champion, took 10th place in Qualifying as thousands of fans cheered him in his new Edge 540 V3 airplane from the banks of the majestic Danube River. Championship leader Paul Bonhomme, who like Hall has 25 points at the top, was back in eighth place after a penalty-marred Qualifying and will face Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic, who was ahead of him in seventh, in the Round of 14 on Sunday. 

What makes the race in Budapest especially exciting for spectators is that the planes are flying just above the waters in the Danube river bed and crowds can see the planes flying by at high speeds below or at the same level. Unlike in past seasons when there were only two or three pilots challenging for race victories and the championship, the entire field this year is wide open with 10 of the 14 pilots flying fast enough at times to win the race.