Barcelona set for epic battle in Red Bull Air Racing World Championship

After a weather affected Red Bull Air Racing World Championship race Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain finds himself 4 points clear of last years winner Hannes Arch of Austria. That leaves the final race which will be held the weekend of October 3rd/4th in Barcelonna, Spain, with all to fly for – and in Hannes own words “I’ll be looking to put Bonhomme under pressure in Spain. The Barcelona track is better suited to my plane. I was the world champion already. I think the pressure is on Paul.”

So we think it will be an epic battle and what better way to end the season. The race in Porto, Portugal was staged in front of the season’s biggest crowd of 720,000 and despite the heavy fog that cancelled all training sessions on Thursday and Friday Paul Bonhomme flew one brilliant run after another on the Saturday for training and qualifying when the sun did finally come out.

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme (above) who leads the Red Bull Air Racing World Championship by four points from Austrian Hannes Arch(below) – with just one race to go in Barcelona, Spain – 3rd/4th October.

For the first time this year, Bonhomme also snatched the 1 point for Qualifying fastest and was then able to fend off the challenge from Arch and Australia’s Matt Hall in the final, dominating a race for the first time in 2009.

Porto was the place where Bonhomme was disqualified last year for exceeding the 12-G limit, an error that cost him the championship lead and the title. Lets say its now a place of mixed emotions.

This video from victorfly635 shows all the action from Porto – these extraordinary men in their flying machines and quite a bit more! From the table below it can be seen that the world championship will be either Bonhomme’s or Arch’s – bring on Barcelona – October 3rd/4th – don’t miss it.

2009 World Championship Overview

POSPILOTNATPTS
1Paul Bonhomme GBR55
2Hannes Arch AUT51
3Matt Hall AUS33
4Mike Mangold USA31
5Nicolas Ivanoff FRA28
6Kirby Chambliss USA27
7Nigel Lamb GBR22
8Michael Goulian USA21
9Peter BesenyeiHUN20
10Sergey Rakhmanin RUS17
11Matthias Dolderer GER14
12Alejandro Maclean ESP14
13Glen Dell RSA3
14Yoshi Muroya JPN3
15Pete McLeod CAN1

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