June 9, 2015

by Josh Sweetman-Lemay, Sportsvibe UK
The event was the first ever air race to be hosted on the African continent, and the excited crowd in Monastir were not disappointed as Richard and his plane ‘Hot Stuff’ hurtled round the track at an average speed of 373KPH.
His victory was made even more impressive by the fact that he had to start at the back of the grid for the semi-final, having suffered issues with an overheating engine in Saturday’s qualification round.
Having negotiated his way from the back to easily win the semi, Richard then brought the local crowd to their feet with an impressive turn of speed that landed him his first victory of the season.
American Jay Jones claimed second spot in the race while fellow countryman Mike Mundell, who continues to impress having won Rookie of the Year in Reno in 2013, negotiated third.
Richard’s famous victory was a tribute to the hard work and energy displayed by his team who battled in vein to fix the problem with the aircraft on Saturday.
In the Silver Class, Philip Goforth came out on top in a race between three competitors, with Justin Philipson and Scottish pilot Des Hart finishing second and third respectively.
Goforth, or Pooder as he is known, battled hard against Philipson to win a tightly-fought contest, then stunning the Monastir crowd by producing a number of aerobatic stunts as he celebrated crossing the line.
Richard will now be hoping to continue his impressive start to the season as the World Cup travels to Barcelona at the end of June.
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