Apr 22

RED BULL AIR RACE CANNES: RACE DAY

The day ended early for Kirby and Team Chambliss at the first ever race over the Riviera in Cannes, France. In the Round of 14, Martin Sonka was the first to fly and laid down a time of 58.982 seconds. With the second fastest qualifying time yesterday, we had hoped a clean flight would put us through to the Round of 8 with ease, but a 2-second penalty for flying too high resulted in a time of 1:00.995. Without the penalty, Martin still would have advanced by just .013 of a second.

“It was a very disappointing finish for our team today. We wanted to continue the positive momentum we had going from Abu Dhabi. This is going to be a big setback on the points,” reflects Kirby.

Australia’s Matt Hall went on to take first place, his first pole since he transitioned from his MX aircraft to an Edge540, followed by Matthias Dolderer of Germany in second and fellow American, Michael Goulian, in third.

With just over a month before the next race, the team will reset and prepare to come back strong for Chiba, Japan, May 26/27.

Official Cannes Race Results:

1. Matt Hall (AUS), 2. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 3. Michael Goulian (USA), 4. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 5. Mika Brageot (FRA), 6. Juan Velarde (ESP), 7. Pete McLeod (CAN), 8. Martin Šonka (CZE), 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 10. Ben Murphy (GBR), 11. François Le Vot (FRA), 12. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 13. Cristian Bolton (CHI), 14. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)

Current World Championship Standings:

1. Michael Goulian (USA) 24 points, 2. Matt Hall (AUS) 21 pts, 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 19 pts, 4. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 12 pts, 5. Martin Šonka (CZE) 10 pts, 6. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 9 pts, 7. Mika Brageot (FRA) 9 pts, 8. Ben Murphy (GBR) 6 pts, 9. Juan Velarde (ESP) 5, 10. François Le Vot (FRA) 4 pts, 11. Pete McLeod (CAN) 4 pts, 12. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 4 pts, 13. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 1 pt, 14. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 0

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