New Travelling Technician to Assist Nigel Lamb Regain The Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Posted on: 9th Feb 2016

MX Specialist and fellow Zimbabwean, Mark Hensman joins Breitling Racing Team pilot Nigel Lamb for the 2016 season as travelling technician. Mark will assist the team at 8 races around the globe ensuring every last ounce of speed is available at the throttle for Nigel Lamb to regain his World Championship title.

The team will undoubtedly prosper from having a dual strength technical team with Mark Hensmen on the road, while Nigel ‘Hux’ Huxtable, the team’s highly valued technician for 7 years, will still be on hand to assist from the UK. From the team’s home base Hux will offer his support and in-depth knowledge of the MXS-R, which he rebuilt and optimised, helping Nigel Lamb to secure the 2014 World Championship trophy. 

Although an experienced technician, Mark Hensmen is also just as comfortable at the controls of the MX having competed and displayed the high performance machine for many years. At a young age, Mark’s interest in model aircraft progressed into competition gliding, which led to a career as an airline pilot in 1991. During this career Mark crossed paths with Nigel Lamb and they flew DC8’s together throughout Africa and the world building the foundations of a strong aviation partnership.

In alignment with commercial flying, Mark built his first aerobatic aircraft, a Christen Eagle, which he entered for his first aerobatics competition in 1995 (Advanced World Aerobatic Championships) – under the guidance of his mentor, Nigel Lamb! Mark has since competed in 5 World Aerobatic Championships at both Advanced and Unlimited level gaining 2 silver medals in the process. He has twice held the title of South African Aerobatic Champion. In 2012 Mark relinquished his career as a Boeing 747 training Captain in favour of pursuing his dream to run his own Aerobatic Formation Display Team. He is currently the manager, lead pilot and chief engineer of the four-ship FireStars Aerobatic Team, which operates primarily in China.

Mark Comments:

“It’s a wonderful and unique opportunity to have been invited join Nigel and the Breitling Racing Team. For me it’s a chance to work with awesome people and to really put to use the knowledge and skills gleaned from some forty years in sport aviation. Being a competing MX pilot myself gives me a strong appreciation of Nigel’s point of view and a good understanding of what he what he wants from his machine and it’s systems. It’s an aircraft I understand inside out and I know it’s quirks and it’s strengths. I look forward to working with Hux to give Nigel [Lamb] the best technical advantage to get back on the top step in 2016!”