Newcastle's Matt Hall takes out first world championship title

They were the two words Matt Hall had been dreaming of - and now they sit alongside his name.

World champion.

The Newcastle pilot had been a runner-up in the Red Bull Air Race world championship three times.

Heading into the recent final round in Chiba, he just needed to finish third to hold off Japanese star Yoshihide Muroya, who was chasing his second title.

With the 2019 series the final year of the championship, it was his last chance.

And with it all on the line, Hall delivered the goods, finishing third to turn the dream into reality.

"There was pressure there today, I have been through this multiple times before," Hall said.

SMILES ALL ROUND: Matt Hall celebrates with his crew after winning the Red Bull Air Race world championship in Japan on Sunday.

SMILES ALL ROUND: Matt Hall celebrates with his crew after winning the Red Bull Air Race world championship in Japan on Sunday.

"But there was even more pressure this time because it was the last chance to do it, with the race ending."

The win lifted a huge weight from his shoulders.

In 2015 he was eight points behind Paul Bonhomme and almost clinched the title by winning the final race of the season in Las Vegas.

Last year it was Martin Sonka who got the better of Hall in the last moments of the final race to beat him by 0.3 seconds and snatch the title.

"It is an absolutely huge relief, I was so worried that I would become the most famous bridesmaid in history, so to actually finally get it is huge. It was becoming so frustrating. I feel we have earnt it," he said.

"I try not to say that I deserve stuff, but we have always been there, and we have always been pushing the championship leaders.

"To be on the podium five times for the championship and not get one would have been something you don't get over for the rest of your life. I can finally say I'm a world champion."

Hall is only the 10th racer to take home the world championship and his win means he is the last Red Bull Air Race world champion.

"I'm gonna be having a beer when I'm 90 and still telling everyone I'm the reigning champion," Hall said.

Ready for take-off

Ready for take-off

Hall is back in Australia this week where he and the team will travel to Parkes for the AirVenture Australia airshow this weekend.

With no other immediate plans for the future, Hall plans to focus on his joy flights business at Lake Macquarie airport.

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