Spectacular sport and enthusiastic spectators at fourth race weekend of 2015 Red Bull Air Race world championship in Budapest. More than 70,000 fans came over the weekend to line the banks of the Danube in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Austrian Hannes Arch produced a tactically brilliant performance in front of the magnificent backdrop of Parliament and the famous Chain Bridge to claim victory.
What was probably the hottest race of the season – and not just as far as temperatures are concerned – stoked an already explosive title fight even more. Paul Bonhomme and Martin Sonka took second and third place respectively behind the winner, Arch. Bonhomme thus increased his lead in the overall standings, while Arch and Matt Hall are tied in second place.
"I produced my fastest run exactly when it mattered most, namely, on the final round. I knew exactly what I needed to do to get the timing right."
Arch easily left Juan Velarde trailing behind him in the first round, and Hall, who had been undefeated up until this point in Hungary, put Michael Goulian out of the race.
Arch came up against defending champion Nigel Lamb in the round of eight. For the second time this weekend, however, the British pilot exceeded the maximum allowable loading of 10G, leaving the way free for Arch to go through to the final of the best four.
Arch, who went out on track second, posted a brilliant time in the decisive final round. He first left behind Pete McLeod and then could not be beaten by Bonhomme or Sonka. "Secretly, I’d hoped the whole week that Matt would make a mistake. He has flown consistently fast. I produced my fastest run exactly when it mattered most, namely, on the final round. I knew exactly what I needed to do to get the timing right," said Arch after his second win of the season.
The second half of the season begins
The Red Bull Air Race circus moves on from the Hungarian capital to Britain. The second half of the season of the fastest motorsport series in the world will kick off there at Ascot (August 15th-16th). From Ascot, the series then heads to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (September 5th-6th). The last two meets of the season are both scheduled to take place in the United States, in Fort Worth from September 26th-27th and in Las Vegas, October17th-18th.
The Red Bull Air Race pilots made a couple of trips overseas at the start of the season when the race series debuted in Japan after the season opener in Abu Dhabi. The next race weekend to take place in Europe was staged just two weeks later in Croatia.
A challenge that Official Logistics Partner DHL is proud to accept.
A tightly organized logistics schedule ensures that the racing aircraft are able to take to the air at eight venues in seven countries in Europe, North America and Asia – depending on the racing calendar – and that the extensive equipment belonging to all the teams as well as the necessary infrastructure arrive on site safely and in good time. A challenge that Official Logistics Partner DHL is proud to accept.
After all, 90 to 100 tons of cargo have to be unloaded from two Boeing 747 cargo planes, which takes some 20 employees almost two hours to accomplish. The necessary infrastructure for the fastest motorsport series in the world has to be set up and taken down again at every stop on the calendar – the grid stand, the race club, the hangars, the heavy-duty cranes for the air gates, electronic equipment and the TV broadcasting center.