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Champion of the world!

Last race diary of our Red Bull air ace

World champion! It’s a title I worked my whole racing career to achieve and on Sunday September 8, I realised the dream. It took me eight seasons to stand atop the podium and along the way there were three times where I came so close to achieving my dream. I must admit, the thought did cross my mind that I could have ended up being the guy that never got the championship but was always second if I didn’t win it this time.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. While I would love to go into the detail of how it feels to be the Red Bull Air Race World Champion it is something that will be saved for the next edition of Australian Aviation. As I write this column two days after the race, in the breakfast room of my hotel in Tokyo, the feeling of what this achievement means is still sinking in. It’s an odd feeling to have now realised a major career goal.
So, instead, I want to give you a short look into what an air race looks like from inside the team. I had travelled in Japan with an odd feeling, knowing that it was the final ever Red Bull Air Race and that there would be emotions involved with saying goodbye to a project we had all worked so hard on. But I also arrived knowing I needed to focus on the job at hand. This was my last chance to claim the holy grail of our sport.

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