Arch readying for Ascot

Can Hannes Arch make it three in a row?

Arch on top form

In Rovinj everyone was talking about Paul Bonhomme and whether he could make it three race wins in a row. Two races later and it's Hannes Arch's turn to be asked the question.

Arch started the week in Rovinj badly, but regained composure quickly to take the win. He had a similar story to tell in Budapest. After the Training sessions Arch was bottom of the rankings, but wasn't worried, "I was behind the game today, I made all the mistakes but I now know what I need to do," said the Austrian pilot.

True to his word Arch turned it around by Race Day and took the win. That result now sees him sitting joint second in the rankings with Matt Hall, just five points behind Bonhomme.

Arch has won three races in a row once before – back in 2010. The only other pilot to achieve that in a single season is Mike Mangold. So will Arch prepare for Ascot any differently? "I learned a lot in Rovinj about mental and physical preparation," he said. "I'm doing lots of sport to keep in shape and I'm busy flying, but I'm not doing anything different in my preparation," added Arch.

Arch will now be looking towards Ascot. Last year it was the race where his season unravelled. There was confusion between him and the Race Director over entering the track and he finished bottom in the Super 8.

Before that Ascot race Arch was leading the championship by 13 points. After the UK round he saw his title hopes disappear behind the consistency of Nigel Lamb. Arch puts that down to a loss of focus in the second half of the season. This year he is in a different position and relishes being one of the hunters in the pack, rather than the front runner. "I think I've just got to go back on the attack. We're all pretty much at the same point level now. There's no room for tactics," he said.

Ascot is a month away, and Arch is the pilot in top form at the moment, all eyes will be on him. You can be there to watch the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot by getting your tickets HERE.