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Red Bull Air Race

August 20, 2009 15:42 ET

First Time Win for American Michael Goulian at the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest

American Kirby Chambliss Tops Off Podium With Third Place Finish

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - In the fourth stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season over the Danube River, American Michael Goulian stole first place from a pack of fierce competitors for the first time in his air racing career. Demonstrating the capaibilites of a new, more powerful engine at 224 mph, Goulian had the best run time through the track in the final round of the race at 1:12:51 in front of 650,000 spectators during the country's national holiday celebrations.

"It feels amazing," Goulian said after his win on the 4.1 mile track on a scorching hot day with temperatures over 85 degrees. It was his first career victory and moved him up to 8th place in the overall World Championship with 18 points. "This has been four years in the making. It's been so hard to get the right machine, to get the engine working the right way. After four years of hard work, this is amazing. I knew we had an airplane that could do it. It's a great win."

The Hungarian capital has proven to be the pivotal race each year -- with three of the last four winners here going on to win the World Championship. British pilot, Paul Bonhomme, stole back the points race from rival and consistent front-runner Austrian Hannes Arch after leading today's race by one point by taking second place.

"It's good, isn't it?" said Bonhomme, looking for his first World Championship after taking second place in both 2007 and 2008. "I didn't expect to be second here in Budapest after the results we were having in training earlier in the week. It goes to show this championship will go right down to the wire."

Throughout the week American Kirby Chambliss posted the fastest track times in Budapest. Although Chambliss posted his slowest time at 1:13:53 in the final round, his run was still good enough to beat Arch for third place.

Arch, who won the first race of 2009 in Abu Dhabi, was baffled by the two-second penalty -- the same mistake that cost him victories in San Diego and Windsor. "I had a clean run," Arch insisted. "I heard I got a penalty but thought I had won second or third place. I just want to know where I got the penalty."

Local hero Peter Besenyei finished in a disappointing 10th place despite the cheers from the big home crowd in Budapest.

The crowd of 650,000 lining the banks of the Danube River was the largest of the season with stops remaining in Porto, Portugal next month and the season-finale in Barcelona, Spain in October. The world's best 15 race pilots compete for points in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship by flying through an aerial race track just feet above the water at speeds of up to 230 mph and pulling up to 12G.

The entire season of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will air in the U.S. on Fox Sports Network starting on September 20 with the first race in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier this year.

For high resolution photos and b-roll of the pilots flying under the Chain Bridge in Budapest, please visit www.redbullairracenewsroom.com.

Results - Red Bull Air Race - Budapest, Hungary

1.  Michael Goulian (USA)      (Final 4)      1:12.51     12 points
2.  Paul Bonhomme (GBR)        (Final 4)      1:13.13     10 points
3.  Kirby Chambliss (USA)      (Final 4)      1:13.53     10 points (incl.
                                                          Qualifying point)
4.  Hannes Arch (AUT)          (Final 4)      1:13.83      8 points
5.  Matthias Dolderer (GER)    (Super 8)      1:13.56      7 points
6.  Mike Mangold (USA)         (Super 8)      1:15.41      6 points
7.  Matt Hall (AUS)            (Super 8)      1:15.42      5 points
8.  Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)      (Super 8)      DSQ          4 points
9.  Nigel Lamb (GBR)           (Top 12)       1:15.19      3 points
10. Peter Besenyei (HUN)       (Top 12)       1:15.43      2 points
11. Alejandro Maclean (ESP)    (Top 12)       1:15.50      1 point
12. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)     (Top 12)       1:20.87      0 points
13. Pete Mcleod (CAN)          (Wild Card)    1:19.06      0 points
14. Glen Dell (RSA)            (Wild Card)    DSQ          0 points
15. Sergey Rakhmanin (RUS)     (Wild Card)    DSQ          0 points

Standings - 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship

1.  Paul Bonhomme (GBR)         42 points
2.  Hannes Arch (AUT)           41 points
3.  Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)       28 points
4.  Mike Mangold (USA)          24 points
5.  Matt Hall (AUS)             24 points
6.  Kirby Chambliss (USA)       22 points
7.  Nigel Lamb (RUS)            21 points
8.  Michael Goulian (USA)       18 points
9.  Sergey Rakhmanin (RUS)      17 points
10. Peter Besenyei (HUN)        12 points
11. Alejandro Maclean (ESP)      9 points
12. Matthias Dolderer (GER)      8 points
13. Glen Dell (RSA)              3 points
14. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)       1 point
15. Pete McLeod (CAN)            1 point

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