As in 2015, this year’s 2nd season half of the Red Bull Air Race world championship will be held over the famous Ascot race course west of the metropolis of London. When it comes to the world championship lead, nothing will change at the moment, because after race in Budapest, which had to be cancelled before the final round due to weather conditions, Matthias Dolderer (GER) had a 15 point lead over Hannes Arch. Even with a race with no points and a victory by the Austrian, the German can’t be ousted from the top spot for the time being. However, it is a different story for those ranked behind him. No fewer than 6 pilots are within only 8 points of one another. It is inevitable that these pilots will be jockeying for position.
2008 Red Bull Air Race Worldchampion Hannes Arch is perfectly prepared and has kept in shape. He has flown in a few air shows for g-force training, and he has completed many helicopter transport flights in Switzerland to improve concentration and coordination and gain even more experience. He would like to use his abilities for future charity projects such as the building of schools and hospitals in the Himalayas. “I love flying in the mountains no matter whether it’s in a helicopter, for air shows, or with a paraglider”, said Hannes Arch in expressing his excitement. At Ascot, he still has some unfinished business to take care of and wants to really fly high this time. So far, he has been unlucky on the British Isles. In 2014, there was a misunderstanding on the radio with the race director regarding “smoke on/off”, and in 2015, his plane simply didn’t want to start before the Round of 8: “Last year, I beat Paul (Bonhomme) by almost one second before the Round of 8. The logical conclusion is: I am fast in Ascot, and I like the track. This year, we must have contingency plans and be absolutely certain that the machine is in perfect condition”, so a very focused Hannes Arch.
World Championship overall rankings 2016 (after 4 of 8 races):
1. Matthias Dolderer (GER, 41.25 points), 2. Hannes Arch (AUT, 26), 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA, 25.25), 4. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN, 22.50), 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA, 22). 6. Nigel Lamb (GBR, 19.75), 7. Matt Hall (AUS, 18.75), 8. Martin Sonka (CZE, 14), 9. Pete McLeod (CAN, 12.50), 10. Francois LeVot (FRA, 10), 11. Juan Velarde (ESP, 9.25), 12. Michael Goulian (USA, 6.75), 13. Peter Podlunsek (SLO, 3), 14. Petr Kopfstein (CZE, 2);