Australian pilot Matt Hall has stormed to victory in the final Red Bull Air Race of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday but his second victory of the year wasn’t enough to overhaul Paul Bonhomme for the world title.
Needing to win or finish second in Las Vegas to have any chance of catching Bonhomme’s eight-point series lead, Hall delivered in spades – but with the Englishman finishing second the title was just out of reach.
Regardless, it was a watershed year for the former RAAF fighter pilot who finished on the podium in seven of the eight races on the calendar and improved last year’s sixth place overall by four places.
Prior to the 2015 season Hall had five career podium finishes to his name and was yet to claim a race – now he has stepped onto the dais 12 times and won twice. “I came here to win this race and I was able to do that which is really satisfying,” Hall said.
The Australian will now return to Australia on Thursday before beginning planning for the 2016 season.