Hall’s date with destiny set
Final Red Bull Air Race of 2018 announced to be held at the Texas Motor Speedway from November 17-18
Final Red Bull Air Race of 2018 announced to be held at the Texas Motor Speedway from November 17-18
With two wins on the trot, Hall knows that winning another will be his toughest task yet. The last pilot to do so was the late Hannes Arch of Austria
Today’s victory makes it two on the trot for Hall, who won the inaugural French race in Cannes last month. Now Hall is well and truly on track to hunt down a maiden world title in 2018 and said that the difficulty of today’s triumph made it just that bit sweeter than France.
Now a dice with the world champion and two-time defending winner of the Japanese air race awaits. Although most pilots would quiver in their boots at the prospect, Hall remained confident that he has the pace to take the challenge to Muroya.
“In France we proved that we can win with our new plane and a new team. We’ve been consistent for a while now and we’ve finally got that first victory together. That says to me that we don’t have to be worried about who I’m racing against and that the others should instead be worried about racing against me.”
To help make your plans for the day, here’s when and where you can both watch Matt fly, and then meet him for a photo, signature and quick chat!
Hopes of challenging for victory in the upcoming race in Cannes, France have been put in jeopardy. The air race technical department have announced the banning of anti-gravity devices, effect immediately.
Take a look behind the scenes of the Red Bull Air Race with Technical Director Jim 'Jimbo' Reed and see what happens when an aircraft over-G's in the track.
“Regardless, this has been the best start to a season we have had for a couple of years, two seasons ago I won qualifying then was knocked out with a pylon hit. Last year we rented a plane and finished tenth." - Matt Hall
While a non-result would sound alarm bells for most other pilots, Hall was only just on the foul side of the rules, and said that his confidence is still strong heading into race day.
The Aussie returns to the world’s fastest motorsport series, which begins in Abu Dhabi, UAE this Friday and Saturday, following a 2017 season spent building a new team around him, and coming to grips with a brand new aircraft.
It is with sadness that Matt Hall Racing informs that team technician Ron Simard has passed away following a plane crash in Panama City on Wednesday December 20, 2017
A hard charging Matt Hall has finished the final Red Bull Air Race event of 2017 in eighth place, following a head-to-head battle with championship contender Martin Šonka at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, USA.
As Hall marked his territory as top dog in a time of 1:04.149, it was Czech pilot Petr Kopfstein (1:04.390) in second, while Spaniard Juan Velarde (1:05.400) was third. Meanwhile the four pilots in the race for the world championship title had mixed days.
Season 2017 has seen Hall approach the series differently to previous years. Rather than flying for victory every race, he dedicated half the season to testing a new aircraft and building a new team. The second half of the year has been spent fine tuning those elements into a race winning package.
We have a group of people who are very proficient in their area of expertise, but who also have the humility to recognise when they can lean on the experience of others.
The only way is up for Australian top gun Matt Hall, who has finished second in the penultimate round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Lausitz, Germany, a result that sees him continue his late charge up the series leader board.
Australian pilot Matt Hall has continued his affinity with the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany, by screaming to first place in qualifying for the seventh round of the World Championship, getting the job done on his 46th birthday.
While 2016 saw Hall blitz the field to win by almost a second over hometown hero Matthias Dolderer, he comes into this year’s event realistic about his chances of second-straight win in Lausitz.
The result makes Hall the 10th pilot to step onto the podium in six races this year, and leapfrogs the Aussie into the seventh in the championship standings – with the top five now within striking distance.
The gap between Chambliss in second and Hall in sixth was a mere two-tenths of a second, a clear indication that the fight for the podium in tomorrow’s main event will reward the pilots who can run right up on the limit, without overstepping it and incurring a penalty.
Hall’s year isn’t one of failed dreams, lost hope or poor luck. On the contrary, he has renewed confidence under the pressure of developing a brand race plane.
Following a week where he felt in sync with his aircraft - and even claimed the early lap record – Hall rued missed opportunities come race day, saying that he fought to feel at ease with his race plane.
Matt Hall qualifies sixth, placing him in a head-to-head battle with Japanese pilot Yoshi Muroya for the third time in three races. Qualifying won by Canada's Pete McLeod who produced an alien lap that was light years ahead of his competitors.
The importance of deviating from the drag race style tracks can’t be underestimated for Hall and his team, as they continue to develop a brand-new aircraft. While 11th in the points standings is nothing to crow about, Hall added that the season can be considered a success so far.
After so many years of fighting for strong finishing positions, and podiums, Budapest provided probably our biggest learning curve in being prepared to lose.
So, with all that in mind at the start of the year, we set some pretty realistic goals – learn and develop for the first half of the year, then start to refine to be able to win a race by the end of the year. This is all aimed at coming out with a well-oiled team and aircraft at the start of 2018.
Weight impacts racers in three distinct areas: linear acceleration, centripetal acceleration, and stability. First and most obviously, a lighter vehicle accelerates more rapidly than a heavy vehicle.
Hall was adamant he’d do nothing different if faced with the same situation a second time over.
While victory evaded Hall in today’s dash for the fastest time, the session was a significant step in the right direction in the continued development of his new aircraft.
Being in the unknown is unchartered territory for Hall, who has always been fast in Budapest – even if the only notable result at the location was a third place finish last season. However, with the arrival of a new aircraft just two races ago, the Aussie will not be sure where he stands among the 2017 air race cohort in Budapest until a lap is flown in anger.
The result didn’t come easy for the Hall and his team. He set the benchmark time in today’s opening practice session, although exceeded the 12 g-force limit, forcing a full inspection of the airframe. The second practice of the day resulted in yet another inspection for another over-g.
As a competitive person, and with our team being very driven, when you're in the heat of competition it is obviously tough to take the results we have been getting.
Illawarra Regional Airport, just south of Wollongong, will be a mecca for aviation enthusiasts come Saturday and Sunday. Those in attendance will be drawn to the history and romance of yesteryear, while modern day pilots, including Hall, will capture imaginations with spine tingling air displays.
Luck was not on the side of Matt Hall at the second event of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, California with the Australian pilot finishing ninth, despite posting the sixth fastest time in the opening round.
Australia’s Matt Hall has finished fourth in qualifying for the second event of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, California and now eyes a showdown with Slovenian pilot Peter Podlunšek in tomorrow’s main event.
Australian pilot Matt Hall is brimming with optimism ahead of the second race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, as he prepares to debut the aircraft that he hopes will return him to race-winning contention on a regular basis.
For the second event of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race, Matt Hall Racing will debut a new Edge 540 V3, an aircraft the team have been working to make race ready since it was completed on March 23, 2017.
As the anticipation builds for the second Red Bull Air Race event of 2017, there will be more than a few eager sets of eyes focussed on Matt Hall and his team's new Edge 540 V3 raceplane, which makes its debut in San Diego.
Planes travel at top speeds of 370km/h, the pilots at the controls endure forces of up to 12G, and, according to the most successful pilot in Red Bull Air Race history, it “requires nerves of steel to win”.
Matt Hall Racing went in with a rented, stock Zivko Edge 540 and despite the odds, and lack of speed that worked against the team, determination and commitment yielded an important world championship point.
Eight global races in the 10th season of the official World Championship include stops at Porto and the Lausitzring.
The Red Bull Air Race is like no other. It’s fast, skilful and for a pilot each event produces a juggernaut of physical stress and emotions…and the teams are along for the ride.
Australia’s Matt Hall has put his Red Bull Air Race competitors on notice after claiming 10th place and a championship point, while flying an underpowered rental aircraft at the season opener in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall has finished 13th in qualifying at the first race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race season, with Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic finishing first in Abu Dhabi.
Australian Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall begins his world championship campaign in Abu Dhabi this Friday, and he’ll be doing so in a rental aircraft as his new plane for a 2017 championship challenge continues to be built in the USA.
When Matt Hall made his Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) debut in 2009 he quickly turned heads with his #95 MXS-R race plane by claiming two podiums en route to third place overall in his debut season.
The life of a Red Bull Air Race pilot is one that involves teamwork, planning (lots of planning) and a sound strategy. At Matt Hall Racing there are five layers of support for Matt that include his immediate team at each race, the wider team at the home base, specialists that help prepare Matt physically and mentally for racing, sponsors and importantly the fans the support and follow the team year on year.
The announcement of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race season reveals a long-anticipated return to one of the most memorable stops in the 10-year history of the World Championship, plus a debut at a new venue in Russia.
Matt Hall Racing and the Newcastle Jets this week furthered their 2016/17 season collaboration with Matt taking Jets Club Member Ian Atkinson and star player Morten Nordstrand for a joyflight.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will celebrate a trio of landmarks above the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi, 10-11 February 2017.
Newcastle Jets Members planning to attend Friday’s blockbuster Hyundai A-League clash against Adelaide United at McDonald Jones Stadium are being given the chance to win an exclusive prize thanks to a fresh Club collaboration.
Matt Hall has received the Australian Bi-Centennial Award for 2015 the Honourable Company of Air Pilots at a glittering ceremony in Brisbane.
Australia’s Matt Hall claimed second place overall in the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship behind Germany's Matthias Dolderer following the season finale in Las Vegas, USA on 16 October.
Matt Hall and his racing team discovered a serviceability issue with their raceplane during preparations for the RBAR in Las Vegas. The plane is unable to be fixed ahead of this weekend’s race.
Supporting Matt Hall in Indianapolis las week was the latest Indy 500 racer in Australia’s Brabham motorsport dynasty.
On a day marred by rain, Matt Hall has qualified second for Sunday’s Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Despite a stomach bug, Matt Hall has put in an impressive training performance at the Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For the second year in succession Matt Hall will enter the American-leg of the Red Bull Air Race in 2nd place.
Decorated former RAAF fighter pilot and Australia’s only ever competitor in the elite Red Bull Air Race World Championships, Matt Hall, has been recognised for his outstanding career in aviation by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.
Matt Hall has stormed to a second consecutive Red Bull Air Race victory in round six of the world’s fastest motorsport series at the Lausitzring in Germany on Sunday.
Former RAAF fighter pilot Matt Hall will challenge for a second consecutive Red Bull Air Race victory on Sunday after qualifying in second place behind British veteran Nigel Lamb at the Lausitzring in Germany.
Australian Matt Hall has continued his rich vein of form by posting a series of quick laps in the opening day’s track training for the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships at the Lausitzring in Germany.
After revitalising his Red Bull Air Race season with two podiums in a row, including a gutsy win at Ascot just three weeks ago, Australian pilot Matt Hall is on a roll.
Australian top gun Matt Hall has won the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships at the famous Ascot Racecourse just outside of London with a stunning final performance.
Matt Hall has qualified eighth for the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships overhead the famous Ascot Racecourse just outside of London and will square off against former world champion Hannes Arch.
Matt Hall has marked his return to the skies above the famous Ascot Racecourse just outside of London with a pair of solid performance on the first day of training flights for the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships.
The Hunter and particularly it’s sporting teams, athletes and fans are a tight knit community and Matt Hall Racing has moved to further enhance their relationship with the a local powerhouse, football club the Newcastle Jets.
Australian pilot Matt Hall will enter this week’s fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships above Ascot Racecourse aiming to do one thing: focus on nothing more than his next flight.
Australian Top Gun Matt Hall has finished third in the rain effected fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.
Constant poor weather conditions, including teeming rain and low clouds have forced the Race Committee of the Red Bull Air Race to cancel all race operations for today including the Qualifying session.
The Red Bull Air Race returns to the skies in Budapest this week and Matt Hall believes a family holiday flying around the Whitsunday Islands will be the catalyst for a return to the form that saw the Australian pilot finish runner up in last year’s world championship.
The Red Bull Air Race will reach a halfway mark at Budapest, Hungary on July 16-17, and for pilots Hannes Arch of Austria and Matt Hall of Australia, the time to act is now.
Matt Hall has signalled his intention to challenge for the race win on the opening day of training for the third round of the Red Bull Air Race above the Tokyo Bay in Chiba, Japan.
Due to the high seas and rough conditions in Chiba, Japan on Saturday, the Race Committee of the Red Bull Air Race was forced to cancel the Qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s main event.
Australian Matt Hall has finished seventh the third round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships overhead Tokyo Bay in Chiba, Japan on Sunday after taking his aircraft past the G-force limit in the round of 8.
CHIBA, JAPAN: Australian top gun Matt Hall will look to reignite his world championships campaign when official training gets underway in the third round of the Red Bull Air Race in Chiba, Japan tomorrow.
An injury flare-up at the last stop in Spielberg could have contributed to a slow season start for the Australian air race pilot.
If you pop into the headquarters of Matt Hall Racing at Lake Macquarie Airport you’re more than likely going to run into Kate Sands, our airfield operations manager.
Earlier this year we asked our fans what they wanted to see more of in our newsletters and one of the most popular requests was more technical information about our aircraft and team
We have just finished our best season to date in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, finishing ranked number 2 in the World, only 5 points shy of first.
Here we are approaching the last race of the season. As I write this, I am having my last day at home getting organized prior to flying out to Las Vegas first thing tomorrow morning. And I feel quite relaxed!!
In just 9 days teenager Lachlan Smart will land on the Sunshine Coast with the title of the youngest person to fly around the world solo, a feat made easier after advice from Australia’s Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall.