Apr 21

RED BULL AIR RACE CANNES: QUALIFYING DAY

Today’s qualifying round was arguably one of the most exciting in the history of the Red Bull Air Race! Not only is it the first time the series has made its way to France, but we saw the track record fall six times!

Winner of the DHL Fastest Lap Award**, Kirby qualified second with a time of 57.073 seconds behind fellow American, Michael Goulian, just .116 second off the pace. Tomorrow he will face Martin Sonka in Heat 6 of the Round of 14.

“I’m really happy with our Qualifying runs. We had some time to make up after the practice sessions and we definitely did that today. My goal for tomorrow is to remain clean and consistent with the lines I flew today,” remarks Kirby.

Head-to-head pairings for the Round of 14 follow:

  • Heat 1: Christian Bolton vs. Mika Brageot
  • Heat 2: Nicolas Ivanoff vs. Matthias Dolderer
  • Heat 3: Pete McLeod vs. Yoshihide Muroya
  • Heat 4: Francois Le Not vs. Matt Hall
  • Heat 5: Petr Kopfstein vs. Juan Velarde
  • Heat 6: Martin Sonka vs. Kirby Chambliss
  • Heat 7: Ben Murphy vs. Michael Goulian

Follow Race Day live on the NBC Sports App or www.redbullairrace.com!

**At each race, the award goes to the pilot who has clocked the fastest single lap among all of the two-lap Qualifying runs, and at the end of the season, the pilot with the most awards across the eight races is presented with the DHL Fastest Lap trophy.

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