The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was the eighth official Red Bull Air Race World Championship series. Paul Bonhomme became champion for the second successive year, finishing each of the six rounds of the championship in the top three placings, two of which were victories. Hannes Arch was the only other round winner, taking four victories but finished four points behind Bonhomme, after an eleventh-place finish in the season-opener in the United Arab Emirates. Nigel Lamb finished third with three runner-up placings, and three fourth places.
At the end of the season, Red Bull Air Race GmbH announced that the series would take a one year break in 2011, to reorganize and strengthen development and commercial aspects of the series.
Aircraft and pilots 
New pilots 
Two new pilots joined the Red Bull Air Race Series for 2010 season as Mike Mangold and Glen Dell left the series. They are Martin Šonka from Czech Republic and Adilson Kindlemann from Brazil.
Race calendar and results 
Championship standings 
(*) indicates the pilot received an extra point for the fastest time in Qualifying
At about 11:50AM local time, (3:50 UTC) of 15 April 2010 Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann crashed his MXS-R aircraft into the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia during practice. Rescuers were on the scene within one minute. Kindlemann was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where it was found that he had no serious injuries. It was only the previous day (14 April) that the pilots completed their underwater emergency training.
Kindlemann is the first South American to contest the Air Race and is three-times Brazilian aerobatics champion(Unlimited category). He has 18 years aerobatics experience, over 11,000 hours flight time, about 1,200 hours of aerobatics, and has performed over 300 shows in Brazil, as detailed on the official Red Bull Air Race website.
During qualifying for the race in Windsor, Matt Hall nearly crashed his plane into the Detroit River. He lost lift in his plane after a series of high-G turns and dipped both wings and a wheel into the water before powering up and out of what could have been a bad wreck. His plane was too damaged to continue and he was disqualified from competing both that weekend and the following race in New York.
Spanish pilot Alejandro Maclean died on 17 August 2010, when his plane crashed into the ground while performing a manoeuvre during a training exercise in Casarrubios del Monte.
- ^ World Championship confirms one-year break in 2011
- ^ a b "Red Bull Plane Crashes into River". TheWest.com.au. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- ^ "Champion to be crowned in Germany following Budapest cancellation". RedBullAirRace.com. July 13, 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
- ^ "Final round of the World Championship 2010 in Portugal Cancelled". RedBullAirRace.com. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
- ^ "MX Aircraft News ", MX Aircraft, February 11, 2010, Retrieved April 15, 2010
- ^ "Profile-Adilson Kindlemann ", Red Bull Air Race, Retrieved April 15, 2010
- ^ “Air-race plane crashes into river ”, The Age, April 15, 2010, Retrieved April 15, 2010
- ^ Detroit Free Press: Pilot Matt Hall tells how he avoided crash into Detroit River
- ^ Australia's Race Pilot, Matt Hall will not compete in New York
- ^ "Red Bull Air Race pilot killed during stunt flight". thenational.ae. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
External links