Paul Bonhomme won the San Diego, California, Red Bull Air Race on 22 September. This takes him back in the lead in the World series.
Paul Bonhomme won the San Diego, California, Red Bull Air Race on 22 September. This takes him back in the lead in the World series. He flew on his birthday (he’s 43) – what a birthday present! More than 50,000 spectators watched the race, which took place over San Diego’s Embarcadero Bay. Paul was paired with American pilot Kirby Chambliss in the final round and won back the lead in the World Series standings from Chambliss’s fellow countryman Mike Mangold, a double blow for the US pilots on home soil. Paul collects six points and goes into the final race of the season on 4 November in Perth, Australia leading Mangold by two points. Nigel Lamb, also from Britain, took his first ever podium place, coming in third. A series of heavy showers in the hours before the race and powerful winds off the Pacific Ocean all day made the difficult course over the bay even more treacherous. For complete race details and series rankings, visit www.redbullairrace.com