Hannes now has an up-and-down season behind him. After problems in the first two races of the season in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Chiba (JAP), he brought out his “A-game” in Rovinj (CRO) and Budapest (HUN), temporarily moving up to second place in the World Championship. Unfortunately, this was followed by a run of bad luck that included an engine problem in Ascot (GBR), a wind gust and early elimination at his home race in Spielberg, as well as another loss in Fort Worth (USA). In order to defend his 3rd place in the overall World Championship rankings, Arch only needed to stay in front of Czech Martin Sonka, which he managed to do. Time penalty-free flights, a 5th-place finish at the end of what had been such a difficult season for him, and ultimately World Championship bronze certainly provided Hannes with some degree of consolation: “It’s indescribable. No one could have expected what happened today. We won as a team. This was my toughest World Championship to-date.”
After a season which had not gone well, especially the races in the second half of the season, he really was very satisfied with third place. “Despite everything, it is a very good ranking, and shows that my team and I worked well together. Naturally, winning the Red Bull Air Race World Championship would have been the big achievement, but I’ve learned my lessons and I’ll move forward with what I have learned”, the Styrian concluded, already excited to head into the 2016 season perfectly prepared and optimistic about his prospects.
Brit Paul Bonhomme was able to write history, the first pilot ever to secure a third World Championship title, after previous wins in 2009 and 2010, in this, the world’s fastest motor sports series. Winner of four races this season in total, all the 51-year-old needed was a second place (48.968) in the Las Vegas’ Final 4 behind the man chasing him, Matt Hall. The Australian’s 48.604 was enough to complete his second victory of the season.
World Championships Rankings:
1st Bonhomme (76 points), 2nd Hall (71), 3rd Arch (34), 4th Sonka (29), 5th
10th Goulian (13), 11th Chambliss (9), 12th Besenyei (8), 13th Velarde (0), 14th Le