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BONHOMME vs. HALL: HOW THEY STACK UP

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2015) - The pressure is building in the 2015 World Championship. With only two races to go it's down to just two pilots who could claim the overall victory: Paul Bonhomme and Matt Hall. Bonhomme wants to become the first pilot in the sport's history to claim the Red Bull Air Race title for the third time, however the thunder from down under, Matt Hall, will not make it easy for the Brit.

>Once again it's England v Australia in the sporting arena. It's a fierce rivalry that goes back centuries and neither pilot will want to lose this epic battle.

Bonhomme has been here many times before; he knows what it takes to win a World Championship. As always, he will take it in his stride. "It's not surprising that Matt's close behind," he said."If you look at his pedigree and what he's done before, he's not somebody who settles for second best."

However, despite being relaxed about the outcome, Bonhomme wants this title. As a proud Brit he wouldn't want to concede the title to Hall. "I absolutely hate being beaten by an Australian! For an Englishman to be beaten by an Australian is really, really bad news!" Bonhomme said after losing to Hall in Spielberg earlier this month.

The cool and calm Australian, who is only in his fourth season, has had his gameplan worked out from the beginning of this campaign. After every race Hall has always stated how he plans to move forward and what he wants to achieve at the next round. After his third second place finish of the season in Ascot, he said: "It's now time to enjoy the fact that we can get to the Final 4 and time to start targeting first place." Three weeks later, that's exactly what happened in Spielberg.

Going in to round seven, here's how the pilots line up in the tale of the tape:

 

PAUL BONHOMME

MATT HALL

SEASONS

10

4

RACE STARTS

63

26

RACE WINS

18

1

PODIUMS

44

10

PODIUM FINISH PERCENTAGE

69%

38%

2015 PENATLIES

12

11

2015 PYLON HITS

1

6

FLYING HOURS

20,000

6,000

 

Looking at the facts above, Bonhomme clearly has history and experience on his side, but Hall has the hunger. This battle is going to rage right up until the last run of the season.

 

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