RBAR Indy: Stomach bug fails to slow Hall

Despite a stomach bug that has bothered him all week, Australian Matt Hall has put in an impressive training performance at the Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hall posted the second quickest time of the week’s opening training session behind championship leader Matthias Dolderer.

Hall’s run of 1:04.446 was more than 1.3 seconds ahead of the previous quickest time of day, held by Canadian Pete McLeod, but Dolderer followed the Australian into the track and set the best time of the session.

The German clocked 1:04.247 to just edge out Hall and lay the gauntlet down to rest of the 13 elite pilots.

Dolderer leads the title race by 16.5 points from Hall, with two of the year’s eight races remaining. The Australian must beat his main rival in Indianapolis to remain in contention for the overall season crown.

After his solid opening foray above the famed Brickyard track, Hall elected not to take part in the day’s second session in lieu of some rest and to replace some fluid.

Rest and Recovery

“I’ve been battling a bout of gastro this week and I felt pretty flat and drained after that first flight, so I thought it was best to get some rest and recover,” Hall said.

“I’m happy with the first training session and tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better.”

Hall plans to return to the training track tomorrow afternoon local time before qualifying will take place on Saturday at 4pm local time (Sunday 0700 AEST), with the main event on Sunday at 1pm local (4am AEST on Monday).