2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season

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2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship
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Paul Bonhomme claimed his second consecutive Air Race World Championship, defeating Hannes Arch by four points.

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.[1]

Aircraft and pilots[edit]

No. Pilot Aircraft Rounds
4
Kirby Chambliss Edge 540 All
5
Peter Besenyei MXS-R All
7
Adilson Kindlemann[2] MXS-R 1
8
Martin Šonka Edge 540 All
9
Nigel Lamb MXS-R All
18
Sergey Rakhmanin MXS-R All
21
Matthias Dolderer Edge 540 All
27
Nicolas Ivanoff Edge 540 All
28
Hannes Arch Edge 540 All
31
Yoshihide Muroya Edge 540 1–4, 6
36
Alejandro Maclean MXS-R All
55
Paul Bonhomme Edge 540 All
84
Pete McLeod Edge 540 All
95
Matt Hall MXS-R 1–4, 6
99
Michael Goulian Edge 540 All

New pilots[edit]

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[edit]

Round Location Country Date Fastest Qualifying Winning Pilot Winning Aircraft
1 United Arab Emirates Mina' Zayid, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates March 26–27 Austria Hannes Arch United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme Edge 540
2 Australia Swan River, Perth Australia April 17–18 United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme Austria Hannes Arch Edge 540
3 Brazil Flamengo Beach, Rio de Janeiro Brazil May 8–9 Austria Hannes Arch Austria Hannes Arch Edge 540
4 Canada Windsor, Ontario Canada June 5–6 United Kingdom Nigel Lamb Austria Hannes Arch Edge 540
5 United States New York City United States June 19–20 Austria Hannes Arch United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme Edge 540
6 Germany EuroSpeedway Lausitz Germany August 7–8 United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme Austria Hannes Arch Edge 540
7 Hungary River Danube, Budapest Hungary Cancelled[3]
8 Portugal Lisbon Portugal Cancelled[4]

Championship standings[edit]

Rank Pilot UAE
United Arab Emirates
AUS
Australia
BRA
Brazil
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
GER
Germany
Total Points
1 United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme 1 3* 3 2 1 2* 64
2 Austria Hannes Arch 11* 1 1* 1 4* 1 60
3 United Kingdom Nigel Lamb 2 4 2 4* 2 4 55
4 United States Kirby Chambliss 6 8 5 3 3 6 41
5 Canada Pete McLeod 5 5 7 9 5 8 33
6 France Nicolas Ivanoff 9 6 6 7 6 5 33
7 Australia Matt Hall 8 2 4 DSQ DSQ 3 31
8 Germany Matthias Dolderer 7 7 10 5 10 7 26
9 United States Michael Goulian 4 11 8 6 7 13 24
10 Hungary Peter Besenyei 3 10 11 10 8 9 21
11 Spain Alejandro Maclean 12 13 9 11 9 10 9
12 Japan Yoshihide Muroya 10 9 12 DNS DNS 12 5
13 Russia Sergey Rakhmanin 15 12 14 8 12 14 4
14 Czech Republic Martin Šonka 13 14 13 12 11 11 2
15 Brazil Adilson Kindlemann 14 EX EX EX EX EX 0
Rank Pilot UAE
United Arab Emirates
AUS
Australia
BRA
Brazil
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
GER
Germany
Total Points

(*) indicates the pilot received an extra point for the fastest time in Qualifying

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th Qualifying Fastest
Points 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1

Incidents[edit]

At about 11:50AM local time, (3:50 UTC) of 15 April 2010 Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann crashed his MXS-R[5] 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.[2] 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.[6][7]

During qualifying for the race in Windsor, Matt Hall nearly crashed his plane into the Detroit River.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Championship confirms one-year break in 2011
  2. ^ a b "Red Bull Plane Crashes into River". TheWest.com.au. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Final round of the World Championship 2010 in Portugal Cancelled". RedBullAirRace.com. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "MX Aircraft News ", MX Aircraft, February 11, 2010, Retrieved April 15, 2010
  6. ^ "Profile-Adilson Kindlemann ", Red Bull Air Race, Retrieved April 15, 2010
  7. ^ Air-race plane crashes into river ”, The Age, April 15, 2010, Retrieved April 15, 2010
  8. ^ Detroit Free Press: Pilot Matt Hall tells how he avoided crash into Detroit River
  9. ^ Australia's Race Pilot, Matt Hall will not compete in New York
  10. ^ "Red Bull Air Race pilot killed during stunt flight". thenational.ae. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

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