Aerobatic pilot Peter Besenyei retires
According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, Peter Besenyei announced his retirement in Los Angeles on Sunday’s closing day of Red Bull Air Race aerobatic championship. The pilot, who is one of the founders of Red Bull Air Race and the 2003 champion as well, would like to spend more time with his family.
Sunday’s Las Vegas battle was won by the Australian Matt Hall, followed by the British Paul Bonhomme, but the latter obtained the champion title. Peter Besenyei finished 13th and 12th overall. According to the official website of the series, the 59-year-old pilot competed in the field featuring the world’s best aerobatic pilots for 10 years, he reached podium 22 times in 66 races. He finished second in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and he finished third overall in 2007.
This is how Peter Besenyei says goodbye: “From the beginning, I have been the member of the team, I was at the founding of Red Bull Air Race, I made the decision a few days ago that it is my last season. This is a wonderful event and I am very happy that it has become so successful through the years.”
Peter Besenyei flies since the age of 15, he is a professional pilot since the age of 22. He spent thousands of hours on different aircraft types in the air. At the age of 20 he participated in his first competition – with a glider – and he finished second. In his first international aerobatics race – the Austrian National Championship in 1982 – he won all contests. From then on, he has been the most successful Hungarian pilot in every world and continent championship.
based on the article of szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu
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