Kirby Chambliss is one of the pilots who has been in the Red Bull Air Race since the early days of the series. He has claimed the title twice in his career and achieved eight race victories.
Chambliss openly admits that recent seasons haven't gone so well for him, but three races in to the 2016 World Championship he's sitting second in the standings and looks to be back on winning form. "It's been a good season for us so far," said Chambliss. "Everyone has been making a big deal about it, but we're only three races in and as we've already seen this year, anything can happen. But we've been consistent and what I've found is that if you win all the time, you win the World Championship," he added.
But it hasn't been easy for Chambliss and his team; they've put in lots of work to get the pilot where he is this season. "We're still trying to make the raceplane faster. We know for a fact that we don't have the quickest raceplane, so working on improvements is a constant battle," explained Chambliss.
With the dip in form in recent seasons and now that he is high up the standings with points on the board, does he feel more relaxed coming to Budapest? "I wouldn't say I'm relaxed, I'm not as frustrated. You're only as good as your last race," he said. "You can be 0.2s off the pace and be a loser or 0.2s faster and you're in the Final 4, the margins are that tight. You can go from hero to zero in an instant," he explained.
Chambliss is ready for the Budapest race and is hoping to build the momentum he created with his third place finish in Chiba. "My goal, as always is to make the podium, but we're going to take it round by round. I would love to have that first place. It's going to be a very fast track here in Budapest. I think we'll see a lot of over Over-Gs this weekend – I just hope it's not me," concluded Chambliss.