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|
|1||Paul Bonhomme||Great Britain||1:06.416||-|
(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|
|1||Paul Bonhomme||Great Britain||46|
|4||Martin Sonka||Czech Republic||18|
|5||Nigel Lamb||Great Britain||17|
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.
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.
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.