Monday Aug 17, 2015

Britain's Paul Bonhomme wins Red Bull Air Race in Ascot

British pilot Paul Bonhomme claimed his third Red Bull Air Race World Championships win of the season in front of his home crowd in Ascot this weekend.

The 40,000 spectators who came to see if Bonhomme could repeat his 2014 victory on home soil had a nervy wait as their man got through the opening round of finals day as the fastest loser.

He then edged past perennial rival Hannes Arch after the Austrian suffered engine failure before takeoff in the last eight, and there was no stopping the Brit in the final four as he beat Australian Matt Hall and Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya to the top of the podium.

Bonhomme is now eight points clear of Hall at the top of the standings with just three stops remaining this season. Last year, the Brit’s win in Ascot was a turning point in the title race, after the dominant Arch was disqualified.

Nigel Lamb, another Brit, went on to win the overall championship that year but his chances of defending his title are gone after he finished fifth. Arch sits in third overall and is still in touch.

But this season has been all about Bonhomme so far, as the most successful pilot in Air Race history looks back to his best and on course to reclaim the World Championship he won in 2009 and 2010.

Watch highlights from the Red Bull Air Race in Ascot below!

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