Ben Murphy gets into final 8 of Abu Dhabi 2018

Ben Murphy gets into final 8 of Abu Dhabi 2018
Ben Murphy gets into final 8 of Abu Dhabi 2018

Britains Ben Murphy made into the final 8 of the first Masterclass Red Bull Air Race 2018 for The Blades Racing Team.

After qualifying 9th on Friday, Ben faced Spaniard Juan Velarde in the Round of 14 who posted a time of 56.428s with a 2 second Over G penalty. Ben posted a time 55.790s, also with a 2 second over G penalty seeing him into the Final 8.

The former leader of the Blades Aerobatic team was pitted against Japans Yoshihide Muroya and despite taking nearly second off his Round of 14 time, 54.860s wasnt enough to get him into the final with Muroya posting 53.981s.

Ben Scored 5 points for his finish, a result he said on twitter he was “super happy” with.

Muroya went on to finish 2nd with Michael Goulian the overall winner.

Round of 14 Results

Race Name Country Time Penalties Result
1 Kirby Chambliss USA 0:53.759 0:00.000 WIN
Francois Le Vot FRA 0:53.823 0:00.000 LOSE
2 Mika Brageot FRA 0:54.865 0:00.000 WIN
Cristian Bolton CHI 0:57.359 0:03.000 LOSE
3 Ben Murphy GBR 0:55.790 0:02.000 WIN
Juan Velarde ESP 0:56.428 0:02.000 LOSE
4 Yoshihide Muroya JPN 0:53.417 0:00.000 WIN
Pete McLeod CAN DNF 0 LOSE
5 Martin Sonka CZE 0:54.461 0:00.000 WIN
Petr Kopfstein CZE 0:54.928 0:00.000 LOSE
6 Michael Goulian USA 0:54.301 0:00.000 WIN
Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 0:56.168 0:00.000 LOSE
7 Matt Hall AUS 0:53.948 0:00.000 WIN
Matthias Dolderer GER DNF 0 LOSE

Round of 8 Results

Race Name Country Time Penalties Result
1 Michael Goulian USA 0:54.300 0:00.000 WIN
Matt Hall AUS 0:54.596 0:00.000 LOSE
2 Martin Sonka CZE 0:54.825 0:00.000 WIN
Francois Le Vot FRA 0:55.111 0:00.000 LOSE
3 Kirby Chambliss USA 0:54.980 0:00.000 WIN
Mika Brageot FRA 0:57.567 0:02.000 LOSE
4 Yoshihide Muroya JPN 0:53.981 0:00.000 WIN
Ben Murphy GBR 0:54.860 0:00.000 LOSE

Final 4

Rank Name Country Time Penalties
1 Michael Goulian – Winner USA 0:53.695 0:00.000
2 Yoshihide Muroya JPN 0:53.985 0:00.000
3 Kirby Chambliss USA 0:54.768 0:00.000
4 Martin Sonka CZE 0:54.650 0:00.000

The next Red Bull Air Race is Cannes, France on the 21-22nd April 2018.

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