Australian takes number 1 in Air Race world series
Australian top gun Matt Hall has grabbed a share of the world championship lead after a stunning third place in the third round of the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia on Sunday.
Hall came through a roller-coaster day with his third consecutive podium finish to move to 25 points and a place atop the overall standings with two-time world champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain.
It was the first time in his four-year Red Bull Air Race career that Hall has had three consecutive podium results or sat at the top of the series ladder.
Austria’s Hannes Arch (54.012) won the day from Czech pilot Martin Sonka (54.083) and Hall’s 54.160. American veteran Michael Goulian was fourth. Arch, another former world champion, moved into third in the overall championship, eight points behind Hall.
The result was a far cry from how the day had begun for the Australian who had qualified in third place and been a standout performer in the event’s training sessions.