BONHOMME RETAINS TOP SPOT

British favourite first in Red Bull qualifier

Paul Bonhomme was in a class of his own with a time of 1:03:95 in the qualifying round ahead of Friday's race.The 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Series opened on Thursday in Abu Dhabi. American Kirby Chambliss was a distant second, 3.30 seconds behind. Defending champion Mike Mangold of the United States took third, 3.84 seconds behind Bonhomme while Hungary’s Peter Besenyei was fourth, 4.10 seconds back.www.redbullairrace.com