Briefing: May 2014
Red Bull Air Races Launch New Season
After three years on hiatus, the Red Bull Air Races are back. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme of the U.K. edged out archrival Hannes Arch of Austria to win the first event in the series, held in Abu Dhabi. “There was huge pressure out there and it was so much work to get back here,” said Bonhomme. Some of that pressure came from 30-year-old Pete McLeod, of Canada, the youngest pilot in the field, who came in third. McLeod is among the pilots who benefited from rule changes that put more emphasis on pilot skills than team budgets to do well in the races. There will be two races in the U.S. -- Fort Worth, Sept. 6-7, and Las Vegas, Oct. 11-12.
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