Lamb Looking For Win in Rovinj

Posted on: 28th May 2015

Defending champion Nigel Lamb is hoping for a strong result, after he won the third race of the 2014 season that launched a six-race podium streak. Lamb has pointed out that even though he only has eight points after the first two races, that is nevertheless more than he had at this stage last year.

Lamb, who was sixth in the first training session on Thursday in 56.856 seconds, is hoping to find the groove at the first European stop this year that helped him win the title last year. "We've tried some things that worked and some things that haven't," Lamb said. "We're still adjusting to the balance to get the winning elements back in place in search of our consistent 2014 podium-pounding form. We need to do well here to stop the championship charge of Paul and Matt."

Even though he has not always been able to match the speed of Bonhomme (24 championship points) and Australia's Matt Hall, who is second overall on 18 points after back-to-back second place finishes, Lamb (8 points) has never been far off the pace this year.

"We're confident coming into this race," he said. "We've been trying a few new things here during our test flights with the aircraft and my flying style. Although our performance has been consistently okay, I'm hoping that at this race it will all come together: man, machine, strategy, performance and possibly a smidgen of luck wouldn't hurt!"

Lamb said he likes difficult tracks like in Rovinj, which last year was especially tricky because of high winds

"The track in Rovinj is the most challenging and technical track this year," he said. "If the wind picks up on Sunday it will be a real challenge getting through Gate 7 as it's already a high-speed and high-G set-up on entrance and exit. A strong wind will really test all the pilots."

World Championship Standings: 1. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 24 points, 2. Matt Hall (AUS) 18, 3. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 8, 4. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 7, 5. Pete McLeod (CAN) 7, 6. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 6, 7. Hannes Arch (AUT) 5, 8. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 4, 9. Michael Goulian (USA) 3, 10. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 2, 11. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 2, 12. Juan Velarde (ESP) 0, 13. Martin Sonka (CZE) 0, 14. Francois Le Vot (FRA) 0.