For Hannes Arch, the return of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship to EuroSpeedway Lausitzring means mixed feelings. On the one hand, he won the last race in Germany at the 2010 season’s final. On the other hand, Brit Paul Bonhomme took second place and the 2010 World Championship by only four points ahead of the Styrian. More than 100,000 spectators watched this showdown of the world’s best pilots. After six years of absence, Lausitzring will provide a unique backdrop with tens of thousands of fans again. German fans are looking forward to the return of Red Bull Air Race and will cheer for local hero and world ranking leader Matthias Dolderer. But we have not yet heard the last word on this issue as Hannes Arch is lurking in second place!
Austria vs. Germany, which is always an emotional duel especially in football and skiing, this year also puts up a good fight at the ultimate motor sports series in the air. At Hannes Arch’s home race at Spielberg in April 2016, Matthias Dolderer celebrated his first ever Red Bull Air Race win while Arch got second. After collecting points at Chiba, Budapest and Ascot, the German is now first in the world ranking with an 18.25 point lead. If the Austrian wants to come closer, he has to beat Dolderer at his home race and take revenge for Spielberg. Then, the decision will be made at the last races of the season at Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 1 & 2 and Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 15 & 16, 2016.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship Ranking 2016 (after 5 of 8 races):
1. Matthias Dolderer (GER, 53.25 points), 2. Hannes Arch (AUT, 35), 3. Matt Hall (AUS, 33.75), 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA, 27.25), 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA, 26), 6. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN, 25.50), 7. Nigel Lamb (GBR, 24.75), 8. Martin Sonka (CZE, 20), 9. Michael Goulian (USA, 14.75), 10. Pete McLeod (CAN, 12.50), 11. Francois LeVot (FRA, 10), 12. Juan Velarde (ESP, 9.25), 13. Peter Podlunsek (SLO, 4), 14. Petr Kopfstein (CZE, 2)