Ascot Racecourse hosts thrilling Red Bull Air Race
The thrills were nonstop when the second half of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season took off at Ascot Racecourse in the UK on Sunday, as pylons and track records fell in a desperate drive to stop the momentum of overall leader Matthias Dolderer of Germany. In the Final 4, it was Matt Hall of Australia seizing the win with a time of 1:03.426, while Dolderer was second with 1:04.887. Hannes Arch of Austria took third.
Britain's knowledgeable racing fans were on their feet at the legendary horseracing track from the opening Round of 14, as pilot after pilot pushed to the limit – including the UK's own Nigel Lamb in his final home race.
Dolderer set a stunning new track record of 1:03.266 in the Round of 8, but he flew more conservatively as the last to go in the Final 4, after Arch and the United States' Michael Goulian had both earned "DNF" ("Did Not Finish") penalties for slight rule infractions in the push to excel. Hall, meanwhile, showed no sign of the back injury that had limited his results earlier in the season, delivering a flawless performance as the first to go in that critical final round.
Tickets for all stops of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship – including Matthias Dolderer's home race at Germany's Lausitzring on 3-4 September – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com