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           As as we were going to press, we received two additional news sto-  his first win of the season, beating Florian Berger and Melanie
           ries we wanted to share with our readers – the results of the Red Bull   Astles. Berger continues to lead the season Challenger Cup series,
           Air Race in Porto, Portugal and a brand-new piston aircraft speed   with Coleman now in second.
           record set by a successful Reno air racer.                   The series now moves to Lausitzring, Germany September 16-
                                                                      17 before wrapping up in Indianapolis October 14-15.
           ŠONKA SPECTACULAR IN RED BULL PORTO WIN
              The Czech Republic’s Martin Šonka claimed the second race   HINTON BREAKS PISTON SPEED RECORD
           win of his career at the Red Bull Air Race in Porto, Portugal on   Reno air racer Steve Hinton, Jr. flew a highly-modified P-51
           September 3. Canada’s Pete McLeod captured second place for the   Mustang to a new world speed record for piston engine propeller-
           third straight race, and Matt Hall of Australia clinched third.  driven aircraft on September 2 at Clarks Ranch in central Idaho.
              Šonka was the only pilot in the Final Four round who had   Flying Voodoo, the same Mustang he has raced numerous times
           never raced in Porto, but he went first and set the time to beat   at Reno, Hinton Jr. clocked an average speed of 531.53 mph for
           of 1:07.229. American Kirby Chambliss, the season points leader   four laps on the 3-kilometer course. His top lap was 554.69 mph.
           going into Porto, beat Šonka’s pace with a net time of 1:07.141,   Steven’s official record is for internal combustion engine               After years of flying, a little amplification
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           so is Muroya with 44.                                      held the same 3-km record from 1979 to 1989.
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