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GERMANY'S DOLDERER TOPS RED BULL AIR RACE MASTER'S QUALIFYING
FORT WORTH, Texas (September 26, 2015) – Germany’s Matthias Dolderer earned the top seed in Saturday’s Master Class qualifying for the seventh race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship before a crowd of 10,000 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dolderer posted a lap of 55.584 seconds on the layout above the speedway infield to take the top spot among the 14 Master Class competitors. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya is seeded second by virtue of his lap of 55.610, which trailed Dolderer by .026 of a second. Canada’s Pete McLeod rounded out the top three qualifiers with a lap of 55.621 seconds.
>Other notables were the championship contenders Paul Bonhomme, of Great Britain, and Matt Hall, of Australia, as well as Texas native Kirby Chambliss. Bonhomme, the points leader, is seeded sixth (56.648 secs.) while Hall, who trails Bonhomme by five points in the title hunt, will be fourth (56.598). Kirby Chambliss, a native of Corpus, Christi, qualified fifth with his lap of 56.603.
In the Challenger Class, Chile’s Cristian Bolton grabbed the top position in qualifying for the first time in his career with a lap of 1 minute and 7.912 seconds. Defending Challenger Cup race winner Mikael Brageot, of France, was second with his lap of 1:08.530 and Petr Kopfstein, of Czechoslovakia, third at 1:12.903.
The Challenger Cup competition kicks off Sunday’s action from Noon-12:30 p.m. CT as six pilots will compete for the victory based off time. The Master Class begins its elimination-style championship format with the Round of 14 at 1 p.m., Round of 8 at 3 p.m. and Final 4 championship round at 3:30 p.m. The winners of the seven head-to-head heats, along with the fastest loser, advance to the Round of 8. The four heat winners from the Round of 8 advance to the Final 4, where the pilots compete for the victory based on time.
Championship day tickets are $29 for general admission and $39 for reserved. Gates open at 9 a.m.