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Brits Paul Bonhomme, Nigel Lamb to double victory in Ascot

Ascot (UK): Britain's Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse, sending a sell-out home crowd of 29,000 spectators into a frenzy with thrilling performances in challenging windy conditions.

Paul Bonhomme
Paul Bonhomme 

The win helped him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season. Arch finished eighth at Ascot.

Bonhomme stopped the clock in the Final Four with a sensational time of 1:11.579 while Lamb, celebrating his 58th birthday, was a close second with a time of 1:11.750, which was good enough for 10 points that also put him into the thick of the championship battle with 35 points overall.

"I think this has to be the greatest escape yet — it's a great win," said Bonhomme, who had a dismal performance in Qualifying and was nearly eliminated in the first round of 12 when he was beaten by Germany's Matthias Dolder, who finished fourth overall.

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