Smoke on for Matt Hall. He's going for the win and he's into the track at 199kts. Positive and confident through the chicanes, a much better pass through the first VTM and he's chasing down Muroya. lap 1 is done and Muroya is still leading. Hall going quick and he's error free but Hall seems to be holding off rolling out of those gates, he's elongating the track and Hall can't find any more pace. He can't chase down the World Championship leader and Hall slips into second! Hall finishes just 0.185s slower than Muroya and that was a GREAT finish to a weekend of racing.
We had a very good Free Practice 1-3, and a really good feeling from the beginning. The wind shifted after the R14 so it was very difficult to fly proper lines. But my tactician Ben has given me ideas how to fly... I fly like a robot. It's all worked out. The team is working really well, I kept relaxed in the hangar... Today it was so close to the others, and the points are still close enough so I can't relax too much for the rest of the races. Of course I'm aiming for another win in Lake Balaton."
Thank you Red Bull Air Race reporters and organizing team for another, outstanding race and broadcast! I hope you and other fans enjoyed it as much like me. See you all here during the next race in Balaton. :)
That's a wrap from Kazan... Muroya continues his hunt for another World Champion title, followed closely by Sonka and Hall. It's been a stellar weekend of racing here in Russia, as the pilots battled with changeable conditions and a new, modified racetrack, with ultimately Muroya taking maximum points to extend his lead in the overall rankings.
We'll be back in Hungary at Lake Balaton for Race 3 on 13-14 July. Until then... clear skies and tailwinds!