October 7, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Photo Credit Bob Martin/Red Bull Air Race
Now that the Red Bull race series has ended after a worldwide tour, Britain’s Paul Bonhomme has emerged with the most points for the season and a claim to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship trophy.
The final race for the globetrotting series was in Barcelona before 800,000 spectators. Bonhomme won that race. Americans Kirby Chambliss was fifth, Mike Goulian was eleventh, and Mike Mangold was fourteenth. Races were conducted in several countries including the United States.
In the overall world championship rankings, Kirby Chambliss was fourth, Mike Mangold was seventh, and Mike Goulian—who won his first Red Bull race earlier this year—was tenth.
The top three included Bonhomme, Austria’s Hannes Arch in second place, and Matt Hall winning third. Nine of the pilots in the Barcelona race received penalties. Pilots individually fly a zigzag course through breakaway nylon pylons set on a body of water, usually a river, and the fastest time wins.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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