Red Bull Air Race 2015: Ascot Race Results and Rankings from Sunday

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2015

Britain's Paul Bonhomme with his EDGE540 V3 type plane flies during the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest on July 5, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Double world champion Paul Bonhomme smashed the field at Ascot to guarantee a British winner at his home Red Bull Air Race.

The winner clocked a penalty-free run in the Final 4 of 1:06.416, beating Matt Hall into second place after the Australian gained a two-second penalty. Japan's Yoshihide Muroya placed third to gain his second podium of his career.

Bonhomme is now eight points clear at the top of the championship, with Hall up to second in the standings with just three races left to go. 

Ascot's official Twitter account captured the legendary racer after his win:

Here are the race results from Sunday's Final 4:

Ascot Masters: Final 4 Race Results
RankPilotCountryRun TimePenalties
1Paul BonhommeGreat Britain1:06.416-
2Matt HallAustralia1:09.0240:02.000
3Yoshihide MuroyaJapan1:09.4260:02.000
4Nicolas IvanoffFrance1:10.8040:02.000
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(For a full set of Sunday's master class results, please click here)

Here are the current championship standings:

Red Bull Air Race - Master Class Standings
RankPilotCountryPoints
1Paul BonhommeGreat Britain46
2Matt HallAustralia38
3Hannes ArchAustria30
4Martin SonkaCzech Republic18
5Nigel LambGreat Britain17
6Pete McLeodCanada14
7Matthias DoldererGermany12
8Yoshihide MuroyaJapan11
9Nicolas IvanoffFrance11
10Michael GoulianUSA8
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Bonhomme's Class Unrivalled  

Spectators who gathered at Ascot over the past two days have desired to witness just one result at the famous horse racing arena: to see a Paul Bonhomme home win. And the Brit delivered in his inimitable style, destroying the Final 4 contestants with a perfect run from the first gate to last.

Bonhomme grabbed his 18th career win in the sport, achieving his 43rd podium of his career.

It seemed Hall would run the winner much closer, but his penalty in the final round scuppered his chances. 

Bonhomme now holds a comfortable lead going into the final three races—in Austria and an American doubleheader in Fort Worth, Texas, and Las Vegas.

British Paul Bonhomme with his EDGE540 V3 type plane flies over the Danube River at the Margaret Bridge during the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest on July 5, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTIL
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The Brit proved he is the greatest racer in the world's fastest motorsport, flying last in the Final 4 with the pressure firmly on his shoulders. 

Hall's failure still sees him move up the overall charts, as he gained his ninth overall podium of his career.

Bonhomme has found the head-to-head format undesirable, per RedBull.com, but in a straight race, he is lethal. His clean style was always going to give him the edge in the Final 4, and the racer is by far the most ruthless in air racing. 

Muroya's performance was one of the surprises of the day, with the head-to-head rounds aiding his progression to the Final 4. The Japanese racer matched Hall's quality and almost attained second place at Ascot, but he finished just outside the Australian's time.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 11:   (EDITORIAL USE ONLY)  Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain performs during the qualifying for the seventh stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on Octo
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It looks like Bonhomme will win his third world championship in the coming weeks, with his superiority in the cockpit evident from his current form. Hall is an impressive racer, and his aircraft looks in magnificent shape, but the Brit's experience in these tough situations will be of huge benefit. 

Hall might be the future of this format of motorsports, several years younger than 50-year-old Bonhomme, but as long as the Brit is in the air, he will dominate for years to come. 

The next edition of the championship is in Spielberg, Austria, on Sept. 5.