Ben Murphy ends up 11th in Chiba Air Race

Result leaves Ben Murphy 11th Overall in 2018

Ben Murphy crossing the finish line in Chiba Japan (Samo Vidic)
Ben Murphy crossing the finish line in Chiba Japan (Samo Vidic)

Britain’s Ben Murphy has ended the weekend in 11th place in the Red Bull Air Race in Chiba, Japan.

After a qualifying 14th due to technical issues, the Blades Racing Team member lost out to Micheal Goulian in the round of 14 with the American putting in a time of 0:56.422 compared to Ben’s time of 0:57.560.

The race is the first one of the 2018 championship where Ben has failed to score a point.

Speaking after the race Ben said: “We had technical issues in Qualifying and then we were facing Goulian today, the same as Cannes. The gameplan was to fly a clean run and try to get around the track without penalties. We learned a lot this week, and that’s what this first year is all about, so we’re pretty happy. Budapest? I have never raced there before, so for us it’s a brand new racetrack. We were pretty happy with our new winglets here and will be looking at making a few more minor adjustments.”

We are sure Ben will return to points-scoring ways in Budapest on the 23rd & 24th June.

Red Bull Air Race Chiba Results

Rank Pilot Name Country Time Penalties Points
1 Matt Hall – Winner AUS 0:56.376 0:00.000 15
2 Michael Goulian USA 0:56.695 0:00.000 12
3 Martin Sonka CZE 0:58.443 0:02.000 9
4 Pete McLeod CAN 0:58.639 0:02.000 7
5 Mika Brageot FRA 0:56.694 0:00.000 6
6 Francois Le Vot FRA 0:57.226 0:00.000 5
7 Juan Velarde ESP 0:57.578 0:00.000 4
8 Matthias Dolderer GER 0:59.845 0:04.000 3
9 Petr Kopfstein CZE 0:56.864 0:00.000 2
10 Cristian Bolton CHI 0:57.003 0:00.000 1
11 Ben Murphy GBR 0:57.560 0:00.000 0
12 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 0:57.671 0:00.000 0
13 Kirby Chambliss USA 0:58.567 0:02.000 0
14 Yoshihide Muroya JPN DNF 0 0
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