Red Bull Racing Prepares for Hiatus
Paul Bonhomme named 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Champion
August 13, 2010 —Paul Bonhomme of England had been named the Red Bull Air Race World Champion for the second year in a row. He was declared champion after taking second in the final race of the year at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany, completing the course in 1:12.66. Austria’s Hannes Arch won the race over the 15-gate track in 1:12.30.
“It feels good,” Bonhomme said. “The key thing is that we won back-to-back championships; that’s what I’m going to be taking away.”
The race marked Bonhomme’s 13th straight podium finish. He has also become the sport’s most successful competitor with 13 first place finishes over his career. He completed the season with a victories in Abu Dhabi and New York and a total of 64 points. Hannes Arch, the 2008 champion, came in second with 60 points and Britain’s Nigel Lamb was third with 55.
This year’s races were cut short after events in Budapest and Portugal, citing delays in the permissions process. Red Bull has also announced that they are canceling the entire 2011 race season to allow for time to work to improve safety standards and smooth out the permissions process.