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Swedish pilot wins round one of Air Race 1 World Cup

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Thom Richard claims victory in front of thousands of spectators
Thom Richard of Sweden has claimed victory in the first round of the Air Race 1 World Cup held in Monastir, Tunisia, in front of thousands of spectators.
Richard flew across the finish line ahead of the pack at an average overall speed of 373km/h in his unique airplane Hot Stuff to win the first-ever air race in Africa in what is described as the formula one air racing class.
Richard had some difficulties with an overheating engine in the qualifying heat race on Saturday, but the Hot Stuff pit crew worked out the problem and he was able to fight his way forward in the semi-final, gradually overtaking some of the other favourites in a nail-biting finish to gain pole in the final round.
Local crowd favourite Jay Jones came in second showing off a series of innovative enhancements to his aircraft and relative newcomer Mike Mundell placed third.
“It was a hard fought contest on an unfamiliar circuit in a demanding new environment,” Richard said. “All the teams out there today were hungry to win this first race in the Air Race 1 World Cup series and there were many contenders to watch out for.”
TTG Nordic

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