Chambliss unbeatable in Budapest

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

Kirby Chambliss of the United States performs during the finals at the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Armin Walcher / Red Bull Content Pool

Two-time Red Bull Air Race champion gets his season back on track with win.

American pilot Kirby Chambliss put his 2017 season on track with a confident win at the World Championship stop in Budapest, his first victory since 2008.

Canada’s Pete McLeod was scintillating in second, while Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya retained the head of the overall standings by clinching third.

Pete McLeod of Canada performs during race day at the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. – Photographer Credit:
Armin Walcher / Red Bull Content Poo

Budapest is the prestigious grail that every pilot wants to win, and Chambliss now has six podiums and two victories at the stop that first hosted a Red Bull Air Race in 2003.

He said: “I love Budapest. I can’t thank my team enough – it’s not a one-person effort. I just went out and put down a nice, clean, fast time. And it worked.

“I had started to forget what the Champagne tastes like, so I’m excited. Winning is easy when you’re winning – it’s not when you’re not.”

A weekend crowd of 110,000 lined the banks of the Danube to see the raceplanes dart under the city’s Chain Bridge, where Chambliss’s 1:00.632 was just 0.108 ahead of his fellow North American McLeod. Muroya’s third place was also his third consecutive race podium, after wins in San Diego and Chiba.

As the midpoint of the season, Budapest marked a critical milestone, and Chambliss jumped up five spots to fourth in the World Championship standings with four races left to go.

Yoshihide Muroya of Japan performs during race day at the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Armin Walcher / Red Bull Content Pool

Muroya, meanwhile, tightened his grip on the top of the leaderboard, with 39 points to the 37 of the Czech Republic’s Martin Šonka, who finished fourth.

The day was disastrous for defending World Champion Matthias Dolderer though who edged over the G limit in the opening round for a “Did Not Finish” (DNF) penalty and dropped to sixth on the leaderboard, a full 16 points behind Muroya.

Kirby Chambliss of the United States (C) celebrates with Pete McLeod of Canada (L) and Yoshihide Muroya of Japan (R) during the Award Ceremony at the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

Results Master Class Budapest 2017:

1. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 2. Pete McLeod (CAN), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Martin Šonka (CZE), 5. Petr Kopfstein(CZE),

World Championship standings after four races: 

1. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 39 points, 2. Martin Šonka (CZE) 37 pts, 3. Pete McLeod (CAN) 26 pts, 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 25 pts, 5. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 23 pts

Kirby Chambliss of the United States prepares to take off during race day at the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

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