Bull Air Race World Series went off without a hitch on Sunday afternoon,
as 750,000 people along the banks of the Detroit River watched this
event, which was sold-out and packed. "The entire riverfront
is mesmerized," stated Peter Hanna, 36, of Madison Heights.
"It's bringing on everyone. This is what the city needs."
After it was grounded Saturday due to high winds, both the qualifying
and the race resumed on Sunday afternoon, as everyone rooted for
Kirby Chambliss, who upsetted Great Britain's Paul Bonhomme. Bonhomme,
who leads in points this season, was defeated by Chambliss by 0.15
seconds. Chambliss won by the time at 1:12.08, as Bonhomme came
second with 1:12.23.
"It worked out fairly well," responds the American Chambliss.
"I went crazy and went out as fast as I could fly. I know Paul's
going to put down a fast time. He's got a fast airplane. I don't
know whether he went just a little bit conservative or something.
But I'll take the win."
Since joining the Series last season, Austria's Hannes Arch has
shown that he's no freshman -- coming in second in the first race
in Abu Dhabi and fourth in San Diego. Now in the Motor City, he
has come in third place with a time of 1:12.73.
"I'm really happy," Arch said. "I think I deserved
to get on the podium. I had the second fastest run of the day. From
that point of view, I'm really, really happy. I thought I might
have been able to beat Bonhomme in the semi-final. I was hoping
to. It was a great run. But then he did a faster time. I've been
imitating his style and as soon as I'm as fast as him, I'll try
to improve more and beat him."
The race will be shown on television on Fox Sports Detroit on July
27 at 6 p.m. and again on October 5 on Fox Sports Detroit.
Robert Martinson, 71, of Suttons Bay has been to several air shows,
but none as incredible as the Red Bull Air Race. "It really
is a wower," he said. "There's nothing like seeing anything
Sources: The Detroit News and Red Bull Air Race World Series (www.redbullairrace.com)