Kirby Chambliss is on a roll! The American aerobatics ace won the latest round of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race Championship in Kazan, Russia – and leaped to the top of the points table.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for the 57-year-old pilot who is the only one left of the original Red Bull air racers when it launched in 2003.
Pete McLeod of Canada finished second while the USA’s Michael Goulian came in third in front of 90,000 spectators.
The podium in Kazan, Russia, from left: Pete McLeod, Kirby Chambliss and Mike Goulian.
Before his win in Budapest, Hungary, three weeks agao, Chambliss had not stood on the top step in nine years but his resurgent form has blown the title race wide open with favorites Yoshihide Muroya, Martin Šonka and Matthias Dolderer all suffering disappointing weekends.
Chambliss said, “Clean flying will take you up there, and that’s what we’re trying to do – the whole team is helping me with the lines and the strategy and the race plane.
“The first part of year we struggled, but I look at it one race at a time, and if we keep winning races we’ll win the Championship. It’s been awesome in Russia.”
Michael Goulian won a tough third spot in the Kazan race.
The Red Bull Air Race will return to Porto, Portugal for the sixth stop of the season on 2-3 September 2017.
Results Master Class Kazan 2017
1. Kirby Chambliss (USA)
2. Pete McLeod (CAN)
3. Michael Goulian (USA)
4. Petr Kopfstein (CZE)
5. Juan Velarde(ESP)
6. Matt Hall (AUS)
7. François Le Vot (FRA)
8. Cristian Bolton (CHI)
9. Martin Šonka (CZE)
10. Matthias Dolderer (GER)
11. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)
12. Mikaël Brageot (FRA)
13. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
14. Peter Podlunšek (SLO)
World Championship standings
1. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 40 points
2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 39 points
3. Martin Šonka (CZE) 39 pts
4. Pete McLeod (CAN) 38 pts
5. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 30 pts
6. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 24 pts
7. Michael Goulian (USA) 23 pts
8. Juan Velarde (ESP) 21 pts
9. Matt Hall (AUS) 16 pts
10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 14 pts
11. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 12 pts
12. Mikaël Brageot (FRA) 9 pts
13. François Le Vot (FRA) 8 pts
14. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 7 pts.
Red Bull Air Race Championship