Red Bull Air Race 2010: Bonhomme Wins In Lausitz Germany

With a second place finish in Lausitz, Germany, Britain's Paul Bonhomme is the 2010 Champion of this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Pete McLeod taking off.  Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty ImagesPaul Bonhomme may have only taken a second place finish at the last race of the 2010 series, but he has claimed the overall victory in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship

The final event was held at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany where Hannes Arch bested his rival Bonhomme and took first place.

This is Bonhomme's second consecutive win after also taking the 2009 championship. He finished the six-race season with 64 points and two victories, in Abu Dhabi and New York.

Paul Bonhomme is the first pilot to win back-to-back titles and joins American Mike Mangold as the only two-time champion in the eight-year race history.

The championship's runner up, Hannes Arch, reached a total of 60 points and four wins, in Perth, Rio, Windsor and Germany. Third place went to Britain's Nigel Lamb, who ended up with 55 points.

Arch stopped the clock through the 15-gate track set up in the infield of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz race track in 1:12.30 while Bonhomme took second in 1:12.66 and Hall was in 1:17.41 - hurt by four seconds in penalties.

 “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. I knew this race could make or break the whole championship. The day didn’t go exactly as I planned but I’m very pleased about the whole year.”

Peter Besenyei.  Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty ImagesArch, who now has seven career wins, pushed Bonhomme to the limits all season and kept the pressure on his British rival.

“I knew I could win the race because the plane is fast and it’s a fast track,” Arch said, taking great satisfaction about winning four of the six races at the 2010 Red Bull Air Race.

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