2019 Top 5, Part 1
New partners, Newy 500 & new achievements. There’s been an unbelievable amount happening at Matt Hall Racing in 2019 and with our world championship celebration on Sunday December 8 fast approaching, we want to look back on the parts that have made this year so memorable.
In no particular order, here’s what we’ve loved in our year and the things we’ll celebrate at our public world championship event:
- The Newcastle 500
Our most recent public display has been one of our favourites. Since Supercars arrived in the heart of Newcastle in 2017, we’ve wanted to be a part of the show, and this year was the right time for us to action that.
Competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, we had the opportunity to fly all over the world, but this year was the first time flying at a major motorsport event at home.
During race week Matt took Supercars legend Craig Lowndes flying and then performed a surface level-3000ft. display for the crowd at the track. One thing is for sure, it’s incredibly cool to have an event like this in our neck of the woods.
- 2019 Team Launch
From our most recent public outing, to one of our first. Our 2019 team launch came after our first race of 2019 in Abu Dhabi, but it was hands down one of our best to date!
We teamed up with Swansea-Belmont SLSC for the second year running, with the local club providing the venue for our team launch and our planes bringing the aerial magic. It was humbling to see how packed the club was as Matt performed his display.
Even better, we met so many of our fans who have followed our journey around the world for so long. In recent years we’ve worked hard to improve our online engagement to a level that is truly reflective of the passion our fans have. Hopefully the turnout at our celebration event is just as good as our launch was!
- Welcoming lockr.aero to the family
Over the years Matt Hall Racing has been incredibly privileged to have a lot of great sponsors, and our current group of sponsors and partners is sensational. We’ve continued our work with QBE Insurance Australia on their Airmanship program, while also continuing a strong relationship with tech company OzRunways.
This year we welcomed a secondary aviation technology company to the fold with lockr.aero. Like us, lockr.aero is a small family run business aiming to positively influence the aviation industry by making the process of updating pilot and aircraft logbooks easier. We’ve loved the shift to digital for our logbooks, but even more, we’ve loved working with Michael and Kelli who have been incredibly supportive and are open to any idea we have to activate their brand. Literally, anything.
- RAAF Base Edinburgh Show
Adelaide delivered the goods at the start of November with the RAAF Base Edinburgh Show! We saw a crowd at this air show that was bigger than most, and they were absolutely engaged with everything aviation.
Plenty of MHR merchandise flew off the shelf and Matt got the chance to really put the pedal to the metal during his air displays. For the team, we had the pleasure of meeting many of the people Matt worked with during his military career and hearing a few good stories.
One of our hopes going into the future is to continue our work with the RAAF, and not just for the stories we get of the boss!
- Winning the race at Lake Balaton, Hungary
When Red Bull announced that they would be withdrawing from the air race in May this year, we immediately knew there were two objectives that we wanted to achieve:
- We wanted to win the world championship.
- We wanted to win another race.
Had we only achieved the first one, we would have been more than content. The feeling of winning a world championship was unreal, and we’re sure that every #TeamMHR fan will say that it was an indescribable feeling as we celebrated together, in Japan and all over the world.
But in saying that, there is something special about winning individual races and in Hungary this year we won, and it turned out to be our final win of the Red Bull Air Race era. Race day is special, time seemed to move faster than normal and before you know it, everything would be over. The Round of 14 was almost the most nerve wracking, no one likes being knocked out in the first stage! If you’re lucky enough to make it to the Final 4 the pressure builds to a point that by the time the race is over, it’s all released very quickly.
If you can release that pressure atop the podium, it’s all the better!