1. A Writer's Tribute To Alejandro Maclean

    After the season finale of the Red Bull Air Race in Barcelona in October 2009, I left sports writing to start medical school. However, the last interview I had performed was with the local hero Alejandro, or Alex, Maclean...

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  2. The Flying Matador Speaks About a Tough 2009

    Arguably one of the most charismatic pilots in the paddock, Alejandro (or simply Alex) Maclean is a seasoned Red Bull Air Race pilot with an experienced team...

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  3. Arch Catches Up to Bonhomme in Barcelona Qualifying

    Hannes Arch (AUT) appears to have found his mojo again! The Austrian flew a very disciplined qualifying round to take pole position, take a crucial championship point, and narrow the gap to Paul Bonhomme (GBR) to three points...

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  4. Bonhomme Wins Porto As Hall Takes First Podium

    2009 Could be Paul Bonhomme's (GBR) year, but the season isn't over, so let us not jump to conclusions too quickly! The Portuguese stop in the 2009 edition of the Red Bull Air Race saw both a ...

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  5. Bonhomme Takes Point as Qualifying Turns Upside Down in Porto

    This was a week to behold for the Red Bull Air Race as fog bestowed the very beautiful and historical section of the Douro River thereby resulting in the 15 pilots involved not being able to put a lot of time in track training this previous week...

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  6. Correspondent's Thoughts: Too Many Thoughts Ahead of Porto

    Porto is another one of those beautiful and scenic races in the Red Bull Air Race World Series. The course gives more of a drag race feeling than any sort of technical track that was ...

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  7. Red Bull Air Race: Porto Preview

    Hello everybody! We are reaching the final races of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race season and the championship is still wide open for the taking, with Paul Bonhomme and Hannes Arch neck-and-neck...

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  8. America Dominates the Danube as Michael Goulian Wins in Budapest.

    Four races in and four different pilots have stood on the top step of the podium this year in the Red Bull Air Race. This was a weekend for the Americans. Michael Goulian clinched his first and long-awaited career win and in Budapest of all places...

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  9. Red Bull Air Race: Paul Bonhomme on Paul Bonhomme's 2009!

    Competitive, quick, smooth, and witty can all easily describe the British ace who has a monkey on his back: two second-places in the championship in a row and this happening when it was looking certain that he would win it all...

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  10. Red Bull Air Race Budapest Preview

    The Red Bull Air Race is a sport in change all the time, but one thing that never changes is the fact that Budapest hosts a round. Budapest has often been equated to the Monaco Grand Prix of the Red Bull Air Race...

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  11. Red Bull Air Race: 2009 According to Michael Goulian

    One of the unluckiest pilots in the Red Bull Air Race this season is undoubtedly American Michael Goulian...

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  12. Red Bull Air Race Budapest: Perspectives of a Hometown Hero

    The European rounds of the Red Bull Air Race will begin in a fortnight with Budapest being the first of the final three rounds followed by Porto, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain...

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  13. Achieving the Fastest Time Possible: A Real 'Weighting' Game!

    In 2008, the Red Bull Air Race grew into a serious sport with aerodynamic modifications galore made with the most notable being Hannes Arch's new canopy at Rotterdam last year...

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  14. Is Formula One Becoming Formula "What" Across the Pond?

    It is an international sport with a lot of glitz and glamour, but there isn't a whole lot of talk about it across the pond anymore...

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  15. Red Bull Air Race 2009 Mid-Season Review

    Three races down, three to go, and three different winners so far—Hannes Arch, Nicolas Ivanoff and Paul Bonhomme! The championship is as wide open as it was at the beginning of the season...

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  16. First Half of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race

    Using personal photos from my own collection and that of the AP, I document the highlights of the first half of the 2009 season at the Red Bull Air Race...

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  17. Bonhomme Soars to Victory in the Cross-Border Classic

    Paul Bonhomme has never had an easy time in second place. He was second overall in 2007, second overall in 2008, and second in the first two races of 2009. The Brit just couldn't add that extra amount of stamina to propel him to number one...

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  18. Live From Windsor: The Play-By-Play for Raceday at the Red Bull Air Race

    Hello and welcome for the third round of the Red Bull Air Race World Series from Windsor. The race will be taking place on the Canada-US border over the Detroit River with about half of the race taking place in American airspace...

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  19. Qualifying at the Red Bull Air Race Windsor

    The Red Bull Air Race is hosted on Canadian soil for the first time and with a lot of pomp and celebration of not only the first ever air race in Canada, but for the first ever Canadian in the ...

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  20. "I'll Take That Point!" Red Bull Air Race Windsor Qualifying Day Recap

    Even with two pilots not being able to compete today—Peter Besenyei for damaging his MXS and Yoshi Muroya as a precaution—the day's events at the Red Bull Air Race in Windsor were not boring...

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  21. Red Bull Air Race Windsor Qualifying Play-By-Play

    Welcome to the Canadian sibling of the international twin cities of Windsor and Detroit, host to the third round of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Series. In 2008, Detroit was the host city with Windsor looking on...

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  22. Red Bull Air Race: Peter Besenyei's Close Call and Other News From Windsor

    A really close call this week as the first real scare of 2009 occurred on Tuesday as Peter Besenyei's MXS fell out of the sky. According to Nigel Lamb's blog, when cruising at around 2000 feet (approx...

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  23. Red Bull Air Race: It's Not Just a Tower, It's a Nerve Centre!

    The Race Tower in the Red Bull Air Race is the nerve centre of the sport. Big decisions are made here and races are won and lost...

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  24. Correspondent's Thoughts: Can McLeod Keep His Cool in Windsor?

    It's almost a given in motorsports: the hometown hero in his first race will inevitably make a mistake somewhere, thus dampening the hopes of the home crowd. We saw it with Lewis Hamilton in the 2007 British Grand Prix...

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  25. The Cross-Border Classic: Red Bull Air Race Windsor Preview

    Windsor, Ontario is the southernmost city in all of Canada. However, it tends to be dwarfed by its much larger American cousin: Detroit...

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