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Success in Budapest for Blades Racing Team

RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador Ben Murphy steered the Blades Racing team to an excellent result in the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest.

Ben Murphy

The team were delighted to profit from Ben Murphy's smooth, fast and consistent flying which secured them a place in the Round of Eight against 13 of the world's most elite pilots.

For the third time in three races, aerobatic pilot Ben Murphy faced-up against the current championship leader Michael Goulian to see who would proceed into the Final Four.

Unfortunately, in the Round of Eight, Ben received two penalties for climbing in Gate Seven and 18, the vital gates for the VTM (Vertical Turning Manoeuvre), which proved to be the make or break element of the track.

Ben said: "Arguably with the benefit of hindsight, I may have pushed a little too hard against Mikey Goulian, but we knew we had to just go for it and set down a quick time, to try and encourage Mikey to risk a penalty.

"Budapest was a wonderful experience there were a lot of firsts this week. Flying under the Chain Bridge, which was absolutely amazing and we got through to the Round of Eight again – which is 50% of our races so far.

"We secured more World Championship points and we are happy with that."

Kazan is the next stop on the championship tour, the sports capital of Russia.

To race as part of the Master Class series there will be another first for the Blades Racing Team in their premier season. The team has settled nicely into a rhythm and is building consistency and confidence, which will ideally now translate into results and higher World Championship standings as they enter the second part of the season.

The RAF Benevolent Fund and the Blades aerobatic flying team are entering their fifth year of working together. The arrangement sees the team of pilots, many of whom are former Red Arrows, fundraise for the charity and also spread the word about its mission when visiting air shows and events throughout the summer.

Results Master Class, Budapest 2018: 1. Martin Sonka (CZE), 2. Mika Brageot (FRA), 3. Matt Hall (AUS), 4. Michael Goulian (USA), 5. François Le Vot (FRA), 6. Cristian Bolton (CHI), 7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 8. Ben Murphy (GBR), 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 12. Pete McLeod (CAN), 13. Juan Velarde (ESP), 14. Matthias Dolderer (GER)

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