Red Bull Air Race finnal round in Lausitz, Germany – highlights

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship by taking second place behind Austria’s Hannes Arch in the final race of the season at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany on Sunday. In another thrilling duel, Australia’s Matt Hall got the third podium of his career with third place in the 50th race in the sport’s history while Germany’s Matthias Dolderer finished seventh to the delight of the big home crowd. A total of 118,000 spectators watched the racing this weekend.

Bonhomme, who also won the 2009 championship, finished the six-race season with 64 points and two victories, in Abu Dhabi and New York. Arch, the 2008 champion, ends the year with 60 points and four wins, in Perth, Rio, Windsor and Germany. Britain’s Nigel Lamb ended up third overall on 55 points.

Arch stopped the clock through the 15-gate track set up in the infield of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz race track in 1:12.30 while Bonhomme took second in 1:12.66 and Hall was in 1:17.41 – hurt by four seconds in penalties. Lamb was knocked out of the Final Four due to a flat tire suffered just before take-off.

“It’s very special,” Bonhomme said, who let out a loud celebration cheer over his cockpit radio after he clinched the title. Bonhomme, the most successful pilot in the history of the sport with 13 career victories, admitted he was disappointed that he failed to beat Arch in the season finale even though he did get a record 13th straight podium with second place on a sunny afternoon in Germany.

“It feels good,” Bonhomme said. “The key thing is that we won back-to-back championships, that’s what I’m going to be taking away. I’ve been saying all year I’ve been relaxed and had stayed that way right up to this race. But I knew this race could make or break the whole championship. The day didn’t go exactly as I planned but I’m very pleased about the whole year.” Bonhomme is the first pilot to win back-to-back titles and joins American Mike Mangold as the only two-time champion in the eight-year race history.

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Arch, who now has seven career wins, pushed Bonhomme to the limits all season and kept the pressure on his British rival to the final round. Bonhomme had posted faster times than Arch all weekend and had won the Qualifying point earlier on Sunday. But Arch pulled out all the stops in the Final Four, posting a blistering time that Bonhomme could not match.

“I knew I could win the race because the plane is fast and it’s a fast track,” Arch said, taking great satisfaction about winning four of the six races this year. “We might not have won the championship but we have four races and have lots of track records this year. We’re happy about that, it’s a good feeling.“

Bonhomme, Arch, Lamb, Hall and Dolderer told a news conference after the race they hoped the race would return to the EuroSpeedway in the future. “It’s a superb venue,” Bonhomme said. “We’re a motor racing sport and we worked beautifully together. I hope that when the Air Race season fires up again we have a lot more venues like this and that we indeed come back here again as well.”

Once again the races found its champion!

Unfortunately the 2011 Red Bull Air Race series had been cancelled and the organization will use this opportunity to fast track the technological advancements currently in the making which would further improve the already high levels of safety.

July’s air sports

This month don’t miss these incredible air sports events from all over the world:

  1. 1-10 July – 13th ASIA Parachuting Championship & Indonesian Merdeka International Open – skydiving event
  2. 3-10 July – 2010 Gliding Spanish Nationals and 2010 Swedish nationals
  3. 3-11 July – British Nationals gliding
  4. 3-18 July 31st FAI World Gliding Championship
  5. 4-16 July – 2010 Flatland Cup, Szeged, Hungary
  6. 7-8 July  Aviation Outlook in China Beijing
  7. 7-11 July – Arlington Fly In
  8. 8-18 July 2010 Schengen 25 Anniversary, White Nights, 71° Nord Kap, Luxemburg – Norway
  9. 11-17 – 2010 Paragliding Pre World Piedrahita, Piedrahita, Spain
  10. More details in this calendar http://events.fai.org/calendar?id=70
  11. 17-18 July Duluth Air Show 2010, Minnesota, USA
  12. 17 – 18 July Vectren Dayton Air Show, OH, USA
  13. 19-25 July – Farnborough International Air Show, UK
  14. 24 – 25 July – Sunderland International Air Show 2010
  15. 24-25 July Alberta International Air Show, Alberta, Canada
  16. 26 Jul – 1 Aug – EAA airventure in Oshkosh, WI

More information you’ll find on www.airsports.tv and by accessing our Facebook official page here.

Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2010 summary

The Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2010 was a massive success and a great community event! All the organizational staff along with the 22 teams from around the Universe did a great job putting everything together for the joy of the audience.

A record 23 international teams, a re-formatted Aero GP and enhanced Spectator Village took the Al Ain Aerobatic Show; Al Ain’s largest and longest-running sporting festival, to new heights this weekend. Spectators will also witness the South African Goodyear Eagles Aerobatic Team’s attempt to complete a never-before-seen triple synchronised inverted parachute drop, whilst three aircraft perform a formation loop.

Al Ain Aerobatic Show is the world’s only aerobatic extravaganza which combines military and civil aircraft, stunt displays and competitions. The Spectator Village was designed for all ages with activities broadened to include a host of high-value competitions.

We had teams from USA, UAE, Italy, Switzerland, France, Croatia, UK, Hungary, Turkeyand South Africa:

Radio Control Jet Team, Ali Ozturk, The Viper Jet Team, Abu Dhabi Police Airwing, Zoltan Veres Formation, Aero GP, Jacquie B. Warda, Drazen Wingsuit Team, Goodyear Eagles, Pilatus, UAE Air Force, Saudi Hawks, Fazzaa Sky, We Fly, Miss Demeanour, Breitling Jet Team, Royal Bahrain Air Force, Folland Gnat Jet Team.

Fans form all around the world had the possibility to watch all the show LIVE on http://www.airsports.tv. The LIVE Broadcast gathered together thousands of fans from all around the world.

All flying teams demonstrate their skills with passion during 4 days of event. Pilots had a very good opportunity to show everything they could, here, at Al Ain Oasis City. The press releases and images from Al Ain, show the entire enthusiasm of the event:

Al Ain Aerobatic Show  Press release 01

Al Ain Aerobatic Show Press release 02

Al Ain Aerobatic Show Press release 03

Al Ain Aerobatic Show Press release 04

Aero GP pilots profiles

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Aero GP at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

had some very good days here at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show. The Aero GP 6 pilots: Andy Bickmore, Zoltan Veres, Castor Fantoba, Nigel Hopkins, Gerald Cooper and Smokey Young performed at their best to impress the audience. The first Air Race, on 27th, was fantastic. The second one as well. Zoltan Veres won both of them, followed by Andy Bickmore in his new plane S-bach 342.

The air combat stage kept the audience’s attention. Castor is doing very well with his awesome techniques, Nigel’s combats are very calculated, Smokey won a few combats already, Zoltan’s moves are fantastic, Gerald was incredible as he won a few combats on the first day and Andy shows all the best he can in his Sbach, designed by Philip Steinbach. Andy is very lucky to have Philip with him at all time.

This time Aero GP has prepared a new task for the public: aerobatics to music. Basically in this task pilots are tested on their individual aerobatic skills and ability through various precision stunts. We heard a good mix of music for the aerobatics performances.

Here at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show the Aero GP LIVE Broadcast on Airsports.tv was amazing and very well welcomed.

The Final Podium looked like this:

The complete results below:

For more details about the formula one of aviation please go on www.aero-gp.com

Participating teams at Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2010

Hello air sports fans! We are glad to announce the teams’ list for this year’s Al Ain Aerobatic Show. You will get the chance to see teams from 14 countries in this air show. Here they are:

BREITLING, France – The world’s only professional civilian flight team performing on 7 jets.

AERO GP – Andy Bickmore, Castor Fantoba, Nigel Hopkins, Smokey Young and Zoltan Veres – Cutting-edge motor sports display involving high-performance airplanes racing and competing.

VIPER JET TEAM, from United Kingdom – 5 ship formation. 4 flying and 1 static.

WEFLY,  Italy – The only handicap team in the world –3 ship – Multi Athletics and Sports Champions.

JACQUIE WARDA – USA
The only female pilot at Al Ain interact with children and women at schools and public venues.

METEOR- United Kingdom – For the first time in this event. One of the 1st Jets built to RAF. 2 only left in the World

THE WIZARDS from South Africa – Aerobatic Team. South Africans The Wizards have a new display for this year with a parachute team-3 ship formation.

ALI OZTURK – Turkey – A classic pilot with a good style. Number one in Turkey.

PILATUS – Switzerland – turbo-prop trainer for military use – top performance and a regular sponsor

ZOLTAN VERES TEAM, Hungary – Romania – Top pilot brings a new display to Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2010.

DRAZEN WINGSUIT – Croatia – First time in Al Ain. Low altitude Base Jump display.

HAWKER HUNTER – United Kingdom – A very powerful jet for the first time in Middle East!

FALLAND GNAT- United Kingdom – Powerful super sonic jet used by the Reds before the Hawk.

Radio Control – International  – UAE & Germany

UAE AF & ARMED FORCES, UAE – The UAEAF have confirmed their strong participation in 2010 after a 3 years withdrawal.

ABU DHABI POLICE AIRWING, UAE – It’s their first time ever at Al Ain Aerobatic Show.

FAZZA SKY TEAM DUBAI CROWN PRINCE TEAM, UAE – Paramotors ,base jump – Delta

ROYAL BAHRAINI AF,UAE – It’s their first participation at Al Ain Aerobatic Show.

These are the teams participating at the AL Ain Aerobatic Show 2010 so far. Will come up with news soon. Meanwhile you can visit the LIVE page here http://airsports.tv/alainaerobaticshowlive.asp

One step closer to 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show

For anyone who thinks that aerobatics are such an easy thing to do, better look close and think twice. One of the most prestigious airshow events in the world it’s about to start in a few days, here in Al Ain, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Al Ain Aerobatic Show website it’s now open for visitors and you can find there all schedules, all the teams that will perform at the event and all information you need to know about this breath taking aviation event. Click on the link above or just go on http://www.alainaerobaticshow.com

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