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Red Bull Air Races Have Exciting Finish

From Bits & Pieces Newsletter, November Issue

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    And the series winner - Nigel Lamb

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship entered the October 26 finale in Spielberg, Austria, with Hannes Arch, Nigel Lamb, and Paul Bonhomme all in the running for the series winner’s trophy. In a stunning climb-from-behind performance, Nicolas Ivanoff won the final-four race, which gave the series title to Britain’s Lamb, who finished with 62 points. Our own Canadian challenger, Pete McLeod, finished a very respectable fifth with 38 points and could have been on the podium if it wasn’t for a disqualification for being over the entry speed limit by less than one mile per hour in a previous event.

Lamb was delighted to have beaten Hannes Arch on his home turf. Arch came second in the series with 53 points. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme was a close third with 51 points, and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff came in just ahead of Pete McLeod with 42 points.

Congratulations to all the pilots in this ultimate test of flying, and to Red Bull for having brought back the competition after a four-year hiatus. You can read lots more about the series at the Red Bull Air Races website.

We wish all the pilots good luck in the 2015 season, especially our own Pete McLeod. At age 30, he’s had an outstanding season in the Master Class and should be very confident as he looks ahead to next year’s races.

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