Back to back victories for Hall in Chiba

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Australian defeats Japan’s home hero Yoshihide Muroya to nab top spot.

Fresh off a win in Cannes, Matt Hall continues his dominance in Red Bull Air Race this season, picking up another win in Japan. Michael Goulian of the USA claimed his third podium of the year in second, while the Czech Republic’s Martin Šonka got his season back on track with third.

Crowds of 70,000 people packed Makuhari Beach in Chiba over the weekend to see their hero Yoshihide Muroya race at home for the first time, since winning the World Championship in 2017. But their delight turned to dismay as the Japanese pilot charged for a third home win, exceeding maximum G in his opening run, resulting in a Did Not Finish (DNF), advancing his head-to-head rival Hall.

In the Final Four, Goulian, Šonka, Canada’s Pete McLeod and Hall wrestled for the victory. Goulian laid down a time of 56.695, while Šonka and then McLeod both pushed to two-second penalties. Hall’s clean run under pressure nipped the American by just 0.319s.

Australian pilot, Matt Hall‘s win in Chiba has cemented his lead on the World Championship standings, after two wins from three races.


Here is all you need to know about the action in Chiba:

Results Master Class, Chiba 2018:  1. Matt Hall (AUS), 2. Michael Goulian (USA), 3. Martin Šonka (CZE), 4. Pete McLeod (CAN), 5. Mika Brageot (FRA), 6. François Le Vot (FRA), 7. Juan Velarde (ESP), 8. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 10. Cristian Bolton (CHI), 11. Ben Murphy (GBR), 12. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 13. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 14. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)

World Championship standings after three races: 1. Matt Hall (AUS) 36 points, 2. Michael Goulian (USA) 36 pts, 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 19 pts, 4. Martin Šonka (CZE) 19 pts, 5. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 15 pts, 6. Mika Brageot (FRA) 15 pts, 7. Pete McLeod (CAN) 11 pts, 8. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 9 pts, 9. François Le Vot (FRA) 9 pts, 10. Juan Velarde (ESP) 9 pts, 11. Ben Murphy (GBR) 6 pts, 12. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 6 pts, 13. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 1 pt, 14. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 1 pt

QUOTES- Matt Hall: “We like to think it’s getting back to where we were a couple of years ago,”

QUOTES- Matt Hall: “It feels good that one propably feels better than the last race, the last race, yes we won and it was a good win, this one was very hard fought. To have a quali like we did yesterday and to go to bed knowing you have to race the reigning world champion and the guy who has won this race the last two times in a row, with the home crowd favorite, it was a tough morning, but we are pretty proud of how the team pulled it all together and there wasnt a single error from anybody in the team, because no matter what people see out there, it is a team sport and everyone nailed it. It was really really cool.”

QUOTES- Yoshihide Muroya: “We learned many things from this race, and we have another five races to go, so just got to center for the next round, and forget the bad things. It’s just good to learn from the mistakes.”

-Maximum G Penalty explained: For safety, Master Class pilots are limited to pulling no more than 10Gs. For the Master Class in 2018, going over 10G for over 0.6 seconds will result in a two-second penalty, where it previously resulted in an automatic “DNF” (Did Not Finish) for the run. This will allow the pilot to race on – unless they reach 12G, where a DNF is mandatory. In the case of the Challenger Class, going over 10G will result in a two-second penalty, and reaching 11G will result in a DNF.

– Yoshihide Muroya won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2017, and has won two consecutive races in Chiba in 2016 and 2017.

– This weekend is the fourth time that the Air Race has taken to the skies in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team’s Zozo Marine Stadium the iconic backdrop in Tokyo Bay.
– The sprawling metropolis of Chiba on the east coast of Honshu is renowned as the birthplace of civil aviation in Japan and famed for its warrior heritage.
– Chiba has seen sell-out crowds since it first hosted in 2015 with Briton Paul Bonhomme winning the first race.
– Five races remain in the 2018 season after Japan wraps up with Hungary, Russia, Austria, the US and Australia left for the Master and Challenger class pilots to battle it out.

Hungary is next, as the circuit now heads to Budapest, on 23-24 June.

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