Hungary's very own Peter Besenyei, the 2003 champion,
took seventh place in his new Edge 540 V3 airplane to
the delight from the big home crowd cheering from the
banks of the majestic Danube River. Australia’s Matt Hall finished a
disappointing fifth place, upset by Sonka in the Round
of 8, after winning Qualifying and posting the fastest
times in all three training sessions.
the Red Bull Air Race, which is the official world
championship of the Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale (FAI), the world's top pilots hit speeds
of 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 10G as they
navigate as precisely as possible through a low-level
slalom track marked by 25-meter high air-filled pylons.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to its
next stop in Ascot (UK) on August 15-16, where Bonhomme
will be looking to stay atop the world championship
after winning a thrilling race there at home last year.
Budapest: 1. Hannes Arch (AUT),
2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 3. Martin Sonka (CZE), 4. Pete
McLeod (CAN), 5. Matt Hall (AUS), 6. Peter Besenyei
(HUN), 7. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 8. Nigel Lamb (GBR),
9. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA),
11. Michael Goulian (USA),
12. Francois Le Vot (FRA), 13. Juan Velarde (ESP), 14.
Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA).
World Championship standings: 1. Bonhomme 34 points, 2.
Arch 29, 3. Hall 29, 4. Sonka 16, 5. McLeod 14, 6. Lamb
13, 7. Dolderer 13, 8. Goulian 8, 9. Ivanoff 6, 10.
Besenyei, 11. Muroya 4, 12. Chambliss 2, 13. Velarde,
14. Le Vot.