After May’s blistering battle in Malaysia, Red Bull Air Race pilots are setting their compasses due north to bring the high-speed, low-altitude thrills of the world’s fastest motorsport series to Poland for the very first time. The competition will be held in Gdynia, one of the biggest cities located in the north of Poland with beautiful beaches and vast cultural infrastructures.
A win in Putrajaya by Britain’s Nigel Lamb was a shakeup after the season-opening events in Abu Dhabi and Croatia where fellow Brit Paul Bonhomme and Austria's Hannes Arch had been locked in a back-and-forth tussle for first place.
Arch – who in 2008 became the first European to claim the world title – has been the most consistent this year and remains first in the standings with 30 points as the championship moves to Gdynia. But Bonhomme, the defending world champion, is a mere 5 points behind in second. Lamb and young Canadian charger Pete McLeod each have 17 points, while another young gun, Matt Hall of Australia, has logged 14. And the seven other elite pilots rounding out the lineup are no less determined to dazzle the crowds on Seaside Boulevard with scintillating runs to put them back in the championship hunt.