PUBLISHED: 17:03 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 10 October 2012

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.

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