Bull Air Race Lamb Soars Atop
April 16, 2010-
Britain’s Nigel Lamb was atop the time sheets in the fourth and final
training session on Friday
ahead of the Qualifying on Saturday for the Red Bull Air Race World
Championship in Perth, pushing compatriot Paul Bonhomme into second
under bright blue Western Australian skies while Canada’s Pete McLeod
took a career-best third.
Lamb, flying with his revolutionary winglet wingtips, said he was
pleased with his performance on the track over
It's very confidence-boosting,” said Lamb, who is having the best run of
his career with back-to-back second places in the last two races in Abu
Dhabi last month and in Barcelona last year. “I think I've got the line.
But you do have to remember that this is only training 4. It's really
not that important.
“It's good. It's very confidence-boosting,” said Lamb, who is having the best run of his career with back-to-back second places in the last two races in Abu Dhabi last month and in Barcelona last year. “I think I've got the line. But you do have to remember that this is only training 4. It's really not that important.
"It's only important if the weather for the weekend looks really dodgy because if things go bad with the weather at the weekend, then the standing of the last training becomes very important."
Bonhomme, the defending champion who won the 2008 race in
“Actually no,” Bonhomme said when asked if he were feeling good with second place in T4. “That's not to my mind a convincing second. Our net times are too slow at the moment. But I'll look at some data, some engine data and some videos and see where we can catch up the guys.” Bonhomme added he was duly impressed with McLeod, a rookie who struggled at the end of the pack last year.
couple of things caught my eye. Pete McLeod put in a storming run and
had he not got a 2-second penalty he'd have beaten us with his net time.
So that was impressive. And I don't know what Nicolas and Hannes for
lunch. This morning they were flying superbly well. And then this
afternoon they tried, between the two of them, to get every penalty and
gate on the track.”
Arch was first in
the morning session and Ivanoff second - seconds ahead of Lamb and
Bonhomme. But Arch got 20 penalty seconds and Ivanoff 10 penalty seconds
in T4 to end up 11th and 8th, respectively.
Qualifying gets underway tomorrow with the first session starting at
12:30 local time followed by the second session at 13:30.
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