Britain’s Ben Murphy takes Red Bull podium

Britain’s Ben Murphy took a career-best second place in the weekend’s Red Bull Air Race held at Lake Balaton, Hungary.

The race was won by Australian pilot Matt Hall blowing wide open this year’s World Championship – the last. Red Bull announced earlier this year that this was the event’s final season.

Ben Murphy podium
Britain’s Ben Murphy, left, took a career-best second place and first podium at the Hungarian round the the 2019 Red Bull Air Race Word Championship. Matt Hall, centre, won, with Pete McLeod third.

Finishing second, it was Murphy’s first race podium. Third was Canada’s Pete McLeod.  grabbed his first race podium since 2018.

The two favourites were out of sorts. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya lost in an early round while defending World Champion Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic clipped a pylon and could only manage fourth.

The championship will be decided in the final race in Chiba, Japan on 7-8 September.

Hungary 2019

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

World Championship standings after three races

  1. Martin Sonka (CZE) 65 points
  2. Matt Hall (AUS) 61 pts
  3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 55 points
  4. Ben Murphy (GBR) 37 pts
  5. Michael Goulian (USA) 37 pts
  6. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 33 pts
  7. Juan Velarde (ESP) 32 pts
  8. Mika Brageot (FRA) 31 pts
  9. Pete McLeod (CAN) 30 pts
  10. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 26 pts
  11. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 24 pts
  12. François Le Vot (FRA) 21 pts
  13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 10 pts,
  14. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 4 pts

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019

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