Red Bull Air Race 2009
The skies of Barcelona were the backdrop of a daring display of aerial acrobatics this weekend as the final meeting of the Red Bull Air Race 2009 World Championships took place over the Mediterranean on Bogatell beach.
A record crowd of 800,000 (1.2 million over the whole weekend) gathered on the beachfront in the October sun to watch 15 hotshots battle it out for the podium, swooping low over the sea to navigate intimidatingly-narrow gates with precision Tom Cruise could only dream about.
Since it was the last Red Bull-sponsored Air Race of the season, the event would also decide who would be crowned champion for 2009. And it was Brit Paul Bonhommme who triumphed in the skies! He went into the race with a four point advantage over rival Hannes Arch, but ensured the Austrian had no chance of creeping back by putting in a superb race-winning performance in the final outing of the day. It was well deserved for Bonhomme who had been runner up in 2008 and 2007. Thanking Barcelona over the intercom the aerial ace proceeded to light up the sky with a celebratory display of loops and rolls. Let's hope the Red Bull Air Race returns to Barcelona in 2010!