Lamb Gets Third Consecutive Fifth Place

Posted on: 2nd Jun 2015

Austria’s Hannes Arch won the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj for the second year in a row in the most competitive race in the history of the high-speed, low-altitude sport. Nigel Lamb came a disappointing fifth moving him into 4th place in the Championship behind Arch, Hall and Bonhomme at the top. 
ROVINJ, Croatia – Arch prevailed in an intense battle on Sunday against the world’s best pilots and changing winds off the Adriatic Sea to claim the victory in the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia. The Austrian bounced back after struggling in training this week and Qualifying on Saturday to win the third race of the 2015 season. Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic got a career-best second place in the race, where pilots hit speeds of 370 km/h, while Matt Hall of Australia got his third straight podium with third place on the difficult, windswept racecourse set up just off the shorelines of Rovinj.

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, who won Qualifying but finished in eighth and Australia’s Matt Hall, who was third in Rovinj, are on top of the championship with 25 points each while Arch jumped from seventh place overall to third on 17 points after getting 12 for the win in Croatia. Defending champion Nigel Lamb (GBR) finished a disappointed fifth, but only missed the final four by .14 of a second, and was happy with his final run. 

"I'm very happy with the way I flew on race day, it's disappointing to be beaten by .1 of a second and come away with another fifth, it's becoming a little too regular. I've been flying this week with a new elevator, the idea is to desensitise the pitching control because the difference between 1G and 10G is very small. We didn't race with it in Abu Dhabi or Chiba so this is the first time, and I'm getting used to it, it makes the handling very different, but I feel like i'm used to it now and was very happy to post a very fast time in my last run." 

Taking in all the racing action was Felix Baumgartner, who captured the world's attention in 2012 when he became the first person to accelerate through the sound barrier in freefall, reaching a top speed of 1,357.6 km/h (Mach 1.25) after jumping from a balloon 38.9 kilometers above the earth. The Austrian, who has known pilots Arch and Hungary’s Peter Besenyei for years, got a bird's-eye view of the racing while piloting a helicopter for photographers.

Earlier on Sunday, Daniel Ryfa of Sweden won the season's third race in the Challenger Cup series, which is designed to give the next generation of pilots the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills under racing conditions. Mikael Brageot of France and The Breitling Racing Team took second and Cristian Bolton of Chile was third.

Rovinj Race Results: 
1. Hannes Arch (AUT), 2. Martin Sonka (CZE), 3. Matt Hall (AUS), 4. Michael Goulian (USA), 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 6. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 7. Pete McLeod (CAN), 8. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 9. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 10. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 11. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 12. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 13. Juan Velarde (ESP), 14. Francois Le Vot (FRA) 
World Championship Standings: 
1. Bonhomme (25 points), 2. Hall (25), 3. Arch (17), 4. Lamb (12), 5. Dolderer (10), 6. Sonka (9), 7. McLeod (9), 8. Goulian (8), 9. Ivanoff (6), 10. Muroya (4), 11. Chambliss (2), 12. Besenyei (2), 13. Velarde (0), 14. Le Vot (0)