18 Srp 2015

Martin takes 7th place in Ascot

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ASCOT, United Kingdom – Bonhomme’s final run was flawless and he stopped the clock in 1.06.416 seconds. Australia’s Matt Hall took second place in a time of 1:09.024 while Yoshihide Muroya got his first podium of the season with third.

With the hard-fought victory in the Final Four, Bonhomme picked up 12 points to widen his lead at the top of the Red Bull Air Race Championship to eight points (46) ahead of Hall (38 points) in second going into the final three races. Reigning Red Bull Air Race World Champion Nigel Lamb of Britain, who last year finished second at the race over the historic Ascot Racecourse, finished back in 5th place, a result that destroyed his chances of defending his title.
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14 Srp 2015

Soaring Sonka ready to roll in Ascot from career-high 4th place

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ASCOT, United Kingdom – Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic has turned into the giant killer of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship after he disposed of red-hot Matt Hall of Australia in their thrilling head-to-heat battle in the Round of 8 at the last stop in Budapest. The former Czech Air Force fighter pilot has impressively jumped up in the overall standings from 13th place to 4th place with back-to-back podiums in the last two races — second in Rovinj, Croatia and third in Budapest.

„Actually, we’ve been quite fast the whole season but in the first two races I made mistakes that hurt,“ said Sonka, who has never been as high as fourth place in the world’s fastest motorsport series before. He now has the honor of parking his hangar on the tarmac of the Race Airport in the fourth position near the Racecourse. „I spoiled the first two races with mistakes.“
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06 Čvc 2015

Bronze Budapest

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – Austria’s Hannes Arch won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop in the heart of Budapest on Sunday, overcoming scorching heat and a ferocious challenge from championship leader Paul Bonhomme to pull off a stylish victory. With his second straight victory, Arch moved into second place overall of world’s fastest motorsport series at the midway point of the eight-race championship with 29 points.

Bonhomme, who still has the overall lead with 34 points, was a close second, just 0.207 of a second behind Arch’s winning time of 59.350 seconds in the high-speed, low-altitude race on the breathtaking track set up on the Danube River in front of the Hungarian parliament building. Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic was third in the race where the world’s 14 best pilots were flying at speeds of up to 370 km/h just meters above the surface of Danube River in front of thousands of spectators. It was the sixth time the Red Bull Air Race was staged in Budapest, one of the most spectacular locations where the pilots enter the track by flying beneath the city’s iconic Chain Bridge.
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25 Čvn 2015

Martin becomes Czech national aerobatic and freestyle champion

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Kromeriz (CZE) – Martin has just become Czech national aerobatic and freestyle champion of the highest unlimited category. He accomplished one of his goals for this busy Red Bull Air Race and World Aerobatic Championships season.

„I’m really very happy now it turned out well. The main thing for me these days is the Red Bull Air Race so there wasn’t a lot of time to practice aerobatics how I needed and wanted. But I’m looking forward to WAC 2015 so I hope I’ll squeeze in some additional training sessions.“

31 Kvě 2015

Silver Rovinj

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Martin Sonka recorded his best ever finish in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Rovinj round. He finished in second place and missed out on top spot by just 0.071s – the closest finish to a race ever.