Difficult conditions at first knockout round. After the qualification had to be cancelled on Saturday, the 14 best pilots in the world had to master the challenging racetrack on Sunday. Due to the high water level of Danube River, the track had to be erected upstream the world-famous Chain Bridge instead of downstream as originally planned. Fired up by lots of waterproof fans, Styrian pilot Hannes Arch beat Francois LeVot (FRA) at the “Round of 14” after the French pilot had exceeded the G-force limit. Nigel Lamb (GBR), Matt Hall, and Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) also qualified for the next round. After a short bad-weather break, Matthias Dolderer, Kirby Chambliss (USA), as well as “fastest loser” and winner of the Chiba stage, Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), joined them in the “Round of 8”.
Bad weather inhibited finals. Despite the incalculable weather, the exciting competition could be continued with the “Round of 8”. In an impressive run, Hannes Arch defeated 2014 world champion, Nigel Lamb. In addition, Matt Hall, Kirby Chambliss, and Matthias Dolderer qualified for the final round. As a massive storm was approaching, the organizers had to cancel the finals though and the results of the Round of 8 counted for the final ranking. It was a German-Austrian déjà vu as Dolderer had already won the Spielberg stage ahead of Arch. Matt Hall and Kirby Chambliss took ranks 3 and 4. “I’m really thankful to be on the podium again. Budapest is something like a home race for me. I love to fly over Danube River and between these beautiful buildings. I really pushed the envelope. My team and me gave everything. We’re very proud to have such a great result again. But it was a tough race, the conditions were really difficult,” the Austrian said after the race.
Results Red Bull Air Race Budapest 2016
1. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 00:58.653
2. Hannes Arch (AUT) 00:58.943
3. Matt Hall (AUS) 00:59.236
4. Kirby Chambliss 00:59.456
Red Bull Air Race 2016 Overall Ranking (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)