Motoring Presenter James May takes on G-Flight at Season Finale

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James May might have earned the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ but he was anything but as he took to the skies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship finale weekend on November 18 in Texas at speeds of 200mph. The TV presenter, former Top Gear co-host and co-founder of DriveTribe was flown around the course by Dario Costa, the Italian Challenger Class pilot. May is himself a qualified pilot but he was not prepared for the speed and agility of the planes in the series as they cut through the 25-metre-high pylons at top speed. // Motoring presenter James May attends a G Flight Experience at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 18, 2018 // Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com
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‘Captain Slow’ hits speeds of 200mph at Red Bull Air Race

James May might have earned the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ but he was anything but as he took to the skies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship finale weekend in Texas at speeds of 200mph.

 

James May
James May might have earned the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ but he was anything but as he took to the skies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship finale weekend on November 18 in Texas at speeds of 200mph. The TV presenter, former Top Gear co-host and co-founder of DriveTribe was flown around the course by Dario Costa, the Italian Challenger Class pilot. May is himself a qualified pilot but he was not prepared for the speed and agility of the planes in the series as they cut through the 25-metre-high pylons at top speed. // Motoring presenter James May attends a G Flight Experience at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 18, 2018 // Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

The TV presenter, former Top Gear co-host and co-founder of DriveTribe, who is also a qualified pilot, was flown around the course by Dario Costa, the Italian Challenger Class pilot. Here is all you need to know:

– May is himself a qualified pilot – owning an American Champion Scout – but he was not prepared for the speed and agility of the planes in the series as they cut through the 25-metre-high pylons at top speed.

 

James May
James May might have earned the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ but he was anything but as he took to the skies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship finale weekend on November 18 in Texas at speeds of 200mph. The TV presenter, former Top Gear co-host and co-founder of DriveTribe was flown around the course by Dario Costa, the Italian Challenger Class pilot. May is himself a qualified pilot but he was not prepared for the speed and agility of the planes in the series as they cut through the 25-metre-high pylons at top speed. // Motoring presenter James May attends a G Flight Experience at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 18, 2018 // Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

– He also talked at length with three-time world champion Paul Bohomme and visited the hangar of current British entrant Ben Murphy.

– May said: “It was remarkable because to begin with I thought it was a comfortable flight. But then the pylons became a bit alarming because you think the plane isn’t going to fit – and I’m sure someone moved them closer in the night for a laugh. As a pilot, it’s not natural to fly towards things, you’d avoid it at all costs. You have to be made of proper stuff to do that.”

 

James May
James May might have earned the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ but he was anything but as he took to the skies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship finale weekend on November 18 in Texas at speeds of 200mph. The TV presenter, former Top Gear co-host and co-founder of DriveTribe was flown around the course by Dario Costa, the Italian Challenger Class pilot. May is himself a qualified pilot but he was not prepared for the speed and agility of the planes in the series as they cut through the 25-metre-high pylons at top speed. // Motoring presenter James May DriveTribe attends a G Flight Experience at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 18, 2018 // Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

– Of the series itself, he added: “The thing I find interesting about it is that you have practice, qualifying and then the race, and each session can be a completely different track. The Fort Worth track had one track in qualifying and, in the race, it’s as if someone has changed the track overnight.”

– As for any hopes of him entering the 2019 championship, he said: “I would be racing but my pilot licence has lapsed!”

 

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