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Lamb wants another win – and soon - Blog rolls - Nigel Lamb

Lamb wants another win – and soon

Posted on: 30th Nov -0001

Lamb wants another win – and soonWhat could make Nigel Lamb even happier than a Red Bull Air Race win? Claiming the World Championship. As the sixth stop of the season comes to Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday, Lamb will try to build on the momentum that’s put his ultimate target tantalizingly within reach. FORT WORTH, Texas (United States) – When British pilot Nigel Lamb earned his career-first Red Bull Air Race win in Putrajaya, Malaysia last May, did anyone really think he’d be content? Sure, it was a supremely satisfying moment after seven years of competing in the world’s fastest motorsport series, but Lamb is a pilot’s pilot with a keenly competitive spirit, and more than anything he’s targeting the World Championship. Steadily and surely, he’s pulled himself to within 6 points of his countryman Paul Bonhomme (currently in second), and within 8 points of overall leader Hannes Arch of Austria. Now, as Lamb prepares for the sixth stop of the season at Texas Motor Speedway in the USA this weekend, he has one overriding objective: win.“My hope – my aspiration – is to try to win this one. I think in order for me to have any chance to win the championship I need a win pretty quickly,” says the Oxfordshire resident, who has been an inspiration for many other pilots and fans with his determination and meticulous approach to the sport.To achieve his goal, Lamb, who is fresh off a second-place finish at Ascot three weeks ago, will need to overcome some significant challenges at the venue known as “The Great American Speedway.” Temperatures throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area have been peaking around 37 degrees C. or more, compounded by high humidity to seriously hinder aircraft performance. The brisk winds across the vast, flat landscape are no help, either. And then there’s the track: the U.S. venue, typically home to NASCAR auto races, is the first Red Bull Air Race in a true stadium format. While the massive grandstands offer spectators a spectacular vantage point, they also require a particularly tight arrangement of the Air Gates.On Thursday, after completing his first Training session, Lamb assessed, “It was as I expected, to be honest: hot, horrible air, mushy, no bite on the air from the engine, propeller or wings – tight, windy, bumpy, easy to stall… Yes, it’s a tricky track, no doubt.”Keeping a cool head despite the blazing heat of the day, he added pragmatically, “But in the end, it’s the same as everywhere: you’ve got to somehow find the perfect racing line, and you’ve got to somehow be able to stay on it. It’s as simple as that.”Pictures: Joerg Mitter, Sebastian Marko, Garth Milan


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