RBAR Lausitz: Hall grabs back-to-back wins with German crown
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.
Hall’s brilliant last run through the aerial track in 53.642 was too fast for hometown hero Matthias Dolderer (54.417) and Canadian Pete McLeod (54.916) in third.
The Australian won back-to-back races for the first time in his career and ensured he remained in the world title race with two of the eight races in the season remaining.
Hall arrived in Germany in third place on the world championships standings behind Dolderer and Austria’s former world champion Hannes Arch, but the 15 points Hall earned for Sunday’s victory moved him past Arch and within 16.5 points of Dolderer’s lead.
With a maximum 30 points available in the remaining two races, Dolderer is in the box seat to win a maiden world title but Hall, who was runner-up to now returned Brit Paul Bonhomme in the 2015 world championships, says he will fight to the end.
“It’s good to have three podiums in a row,” Hall said.
“It was what we were hoping for from the start of the year but things didn’t go our way with a few errors and my back injury.
“We are concentrating as a team on being the best we can be. We redefine what ‘the best we can be’ is at every race and it’s working for us again.
“The best way of beating Matthias for the championship is to keep winning races. But I can’t control what the other pilots do and I can only focus on what we do well and that’s be consistent. We will keep trying to win the title until it is not possible.
“We have a saying in our team that we ‘try and do the ordinary, extraordinarily well’ and we will keep that plan going.”
The Australian former RAAF fighter pilot began the day by comfortably dispatching Slovenia’s Peter Podlunsek in the head-to-head round of 14, posting the second fastest time of the round in the process.
In the round of 8 Hall came up against Arch and snatched victory by a mere 0.002 seconds to set up his chance for victory. Then came the final 4 run when Hall, flying third of the four pilots delivered his fastest run of the day to claim the win.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championships now heads to the USA for the final two races of the season. The penultimate round is at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 1-2, before the season’s eighth and final event in Las Vegas on October 15-16.