This weekend will see Matt Hall return to the site of his first win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship – one of the many high points from his 2015 season that saw the Australian finish as runner up.
Hall had a stellar season in 2015 finishing on the podium in all but one race, a consistency that saw him enter this season as the favourite to take the title. But his 2016 campaign did not get off to a great start when the Australian clipped a pylon in the Round of 14 in Abu Dhabi, pushing him out of the race for a podium finish with just two points.
But as the championship returns to the site of his maiden win, Hall is confident he can bounce back in Spielberg. "We didn't start the season with the result we wanted and on paper it doesn't look great, but we won Qualifying and I was on my way to the fastest time in the Round of 14 when I hit the pylon... so I know we are fast," Hall said.
"Spielberg has brought the best and worst results of my career, and this week we are hoping to emulate what we did here last season. With the Spielberg round moved forward in the season it's exciting to have the chance to come back so soon after the win and race here again. We have very fond memories of this place."
Hall said while he was aiming for the best possible result in Spielberg, he would resist the temptation to go all out for victory in a bid to chase lost points from Abu Dhabi. "I see this World Championship as a marathon not a sprint and if I were to focus on trying to chase points right away, rather than concentrate on what it takes to fly well each and every flight, the risk for error is greater," Hall said.
"We are not panicking because of one error and we will try perform well here and that will help to slowly but surely catch the guys in front of us."