Lamb to cap off Air RacE career in Las Vegas this weekend

Posted on: 13th Oct 2016

All too soon, it’s here. As Great Britain’s Nigel Lamb had announced at the beginning of the season, the finale of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Las Vegas on 15-16 October will mark the last time he pilots his MXS-R through the Air Gates. Lamb's plan for his final race is no different than any other: giving everything he's got.


Nigel Lamb may be retiring from racing in a few days, but rather than banking down his competitive fire, the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion is stoking it. Lamb and his Breitling Racing Team have been on a roll in the second half of the 2016 season, clocking a blistering track record in Qualifying at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in September and taking second place less than two weeks ago at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now it all comes down to this weekend's season finale in Las Vegas, where a strong performance could give the British ace a doubly satisfying sendoff – with the potential for the victor's trophy in the race and the World Championship podium as well. 


While Matthias Dolderer has already clinched the season title for Germany and Australia’s Matt Hall is a lock for second, only 7.5 points separate the six pilots in fourth through ninth place overall. Among them, no one is in a better position to share the championship champagne than Lamb, who leads that tightly bunched pack at fourth in the standings with a mere 3.25 points between him and third place.


Claiming that spot would be bittersweet for Lamb, because the name currently at third on the leaderboard is Hannes Arch – the 2008 World Champion from Austria who perished in a private helicopter accident several weeks ago. Lamb was deeply affected, and while his fans would love to see him in the spotlight one more time, ultimately placement is incidental. Lamb's primary goal in Las Vegas is to say thank-you and farewell by delivering the very best that he and the Breitling Racing Team have to give. Then the chips – or the podium positions – can fall where they may.


In the Red Bull Air Race, which is the official world championship of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world's top pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. It’s the ultimate motorsport series in the sky.


Tickets are still available for the Red Bull Air Race season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It all begins with Qualifying on Saturday, 15 October, followed by Race Day and the crowning of the World Champion on Sunday, 16 October 2016.?