Besenyei tames wild west of Monument Valley

Besenyei wins wild west Red Bull Air Race
Peter Besenyei (Team Red Bull) beat Paul Bonhomme (Team Matador) in a spine-tingling Red Bull Air Race showdown at Monument Valley in the United States on Saturday, flying through an obstacle course just a few dozen feet above the rugged terrain of the iconic Western setting long used by Hollywood filmmakers. Besenyei completed his flawless run at speeds up to 250 mph and forces of up to 10G through the spectacular eight Air Gate course straddling the Utah-Arizona border at the Navajo Tribal Park in a time of 00:59.87 minutes to edge out Bonhomme, who trailed by 0,97 seconds through the circuit made treacherous by the 5,200-foot (1,600 metre) altitude.

Jones out of the race

British pilot Steve Jones escaped injury in the quarter-finals after crashing heavily into an Air Gate just a few feet above the ground, an incident that left his plane slightly damaged and forced him to retire.

Local Hero brings home Third place

In the consolation race for third place, Mike Mangold (Team Cobra) of USA beat Kirby Chambliss (Team Red Bull) of USA. The stop in Monument Valley, the third leg of the 11-race Red Bull Air Race World Series, was the first of two U.S. races and it was the first race held over land after the first two legs staged over water at Abu Dhabi and Rio de Janeiro. The next stop is in Istanbul on June 1 and 2.

Images courtesy of Sports and News.


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