American Kirby Chambliss wins Red Bull Air Race in Budapest

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 08:22:08|Editor: Song Lifang


First place holder American pilot Kirby Chambliss shows his prize after the Red Bull Air Race 2017 World Championship competition in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Csaba Domotor)

BUDAPEST, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The Budapest race of the Red Bull Air Race 2017 World Championship concluded here on Sunday with the triumph of the American Kirby Chambliss.

The 57-year-old pilot took the lead at 1:00.632 minutes before the Canadian Pete McLeod at 1:00.740, and the Japanese Yoshihide Muroya at 1:01.188, who leads the overall board, came third in Budapest.

Chambliss won the race for the second time in Budapest, after securing the gold in 2004. He claimed his first victory since the London race in 2008.

In the overall standing, Muroya is first with 39 points, followed by Czech Martin Sonka with 37 points and Pete McLeod with 26 points.

Budapest is a true spectacle on the race calendar due to the unique start for the Master Class pilots. They began their run into the track by flying under the iconic Chain Bridge.

Split across the Danube, it's a city of two halves - Buda and Pest. The iconic backdrop of the neogothic Parliament building on the Pest side of the river offers fans a stunning panoramic view of the action. On the Buda side of the city, people can find the Statue of Liberty, on top of Gellert Hill, along with the Citadel. This is why Budapest is regularly featured in the Top 10 list of World's Best Cities.

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