Australia’s Matt Hall laid down a scorching time of 53.642 seconds in the Final 4 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz on 4 September, and with everything hinging on the final pilot to fly, Germany’s own Matthias Dolderer, it was hard to hear the raceplanes over the home crowd’s cheers of encouragement.
It was the second consecutive one-two finish for Hall and Dolderer, and the Australian is whittling away at the overall lead that his German opponent has held since April. The result bounced Hall, who finished second on the World Championship podium in 2015, just ahead of 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch on the leaderboard, and while neither pilot can overtake Dolderer’s substantial points advantage in a single race alone, there are two stops left in the season.
“This track did suit our style, but the happiest thing is that we’re in a groove again. So the plan is ‘no mistakes and always fast,’” said Hall. “I’ve got nothing to lose: I’ve been second in the World Championship before and I’ve raced right to the wire in Las Vegas before – Matthias hasn’t. We’ll just take it one race at a time and see what happens.”??
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Results Master Class EuroSpeedway Lausitz: 1. Matt Hall (AUS), 2. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 3. Pete McLeod (CAN), 4. Martin Sonka (CZE), 5. Hannes Arch (AUT), 6. Michael Goulian (USA), 7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 8. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 9. Juan Velarde (ESP), 10. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 11. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 12. François Le Vot (FRA), 13. Peter Podlunšek (SLO), 14. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
World Championship Standings after EuroSpeedway Lausitz: 1. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 65.25 pts, 2. Matt Hall (AUS) 48.75 pts, 3. Hannes Arch (AUT) 41.00 pts, 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 30.25 pts, 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 30 pts, 6. Martin Šonka (CZE) 27 pts, 7. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 25.75 pts, 8. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 25.50 pts, 9. Pete McLeod (CAN) 21.50 pts, 10. Michael Goulian (USA) 18.75 pts, 11. Juan Velarde (ESP) 11.25 pts, 12. François Le Vot (FRA) 10.00 pts, 13. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 4.00 pts, 14. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 2.00 pts