Following Saturday's Qualifying session for the Red Bull Air Race season finale, Matthias Dolderer was awarded the 2018 DHL Fastest Lap trophy and became the only two-time winner of the coveted honour.
Defining a new standard of speed in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship since 2016, the DHL Fastest Lap Award is presented to the pilot who flies the fastest single lap in Qualifying at each race. Then, at the season finale, the pilot with the most awards across the year is presented with the DHL Fastest Lap trophy.
Dolderer first clinched the DHL trophy in its inaugural season, on his way to sewing up the 2016 World Championship. His second trophy makes him the sole pilot to have taken it twice, with Canada's Pete McLeod the winner in 2017.
The feat wasn't an easy one for Dolderer, who won three DHL Fastest Lap Awards in 2018 Qualifying sessions at Abu Dhabi, Kazan and Wiener Neustadt. Two US pilots each earned a single award across the eight-stop calendar (Kirby Chambliss in Cannes and Michael Goulian in Chiba) and the Czech Republic's Martin Sonka piled on the pressure when he earned two (Budapest and Indianapolis) and then tied Dolderer by taking a third in Fort Worth Qualifying today.
When the tiebreak was decided by looking at the two pilots' other Qualifying laps across the season, the German pilot emerged the winner, and in a special ceremony Dolderer was presented with the DHL Fastest Lap trophy by Andy Scott, Dip CSMP, Head of Security & Operational Resilience, UK, IRE, Nordics & Baltics, DHL Global Forwarding (UK) Limited.
"Earning a second DHL Fastest Lap trophy is a great feeling, of course!" said an elated Dolderer. "It shows that we've got the speed, and it's excellent motivation. Going forward, we'll be looking to carry that Qualifying momentum to the podium."