Matt Hall on the tail of first air race world title

n pilot Matt Hall gets first Red Bull Air Race win, upsetting Bonhomme in dramatic final in Spielberg, Austria in September this year. MEREWETHER’S Matt Hall hopes to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas this weekend by winning his inaugural Red Bull Air Race world championship.
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Hall goes into the season’s final race second on the rankings, trailing Englishman Paul Bonhomme.

To collect the title in Las Vegas, he will need a top-two finish and hope Bonhomme falters.

“I have to either come first or second, but it will all depend how Paul Bonhomme goes, because he’s eight points ahead of me,” Hall said.

“If he has a good race, there’s nothing I can do to win it. But if he makes an error, and I come first or second, I can still become world champion.

“If I come first and he comes sixth, I win.”

Hall said he was feeling calm and confident, despite being on the cusp of his greatest achievement as a racing pilot.

“I haven’t really thought too much about what it’s going to mean to be the world champion,” he said.

“I’ll let that emotion occur if and when I win it.

“If I concentrate on that, I will get nervous, so I’m avoiding all thought about the world championship and just concentrating on a good race.”

Hall and his support crew fly out for America on Tuesday. He expects to be fully acclimatised in time for Saturday’s qualifying sessions.

“We’re pretty good at that these days, as a team,” he said.

It will be the second time Hall has competed in Las Vegas.

“It’s a hot course, being in the desert there, which goes in our favour, because typically we tend to go well in hot conditions,” he said.

“It’s also a windy track, which means it’s easy for people to make mistakes.”

Bonhomme (67 points) and Hall (59) have the top two positions sewn up.

Austrian Hannes Arch (30) and Czechoslovakia’s Martin Sonka (28) are duelling for third.

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