Although James May was the out-and-out favorite with a scheduled arrival time a full half-hour ahead of Jeremy, Mother Nature conspired against him and Jeremy Clarkson eked out a win onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.
James' connecting flight, EK 412 from Dubai to Sydney, suffered a 1-hour departure delay which was likely caused by weather and congestion at Sydney Airport after a major thunderstorm rolled through the area. Naturally, Jeremy gloated with a tweeted photo (below) of him hopping their helicopter transfer, sans James.
Above: Jeremy's final leg, from Singapore to Sydney
Final flight details:
Jeremy Clarkson *winner*
SQ 321 London - Singapore (travel time: 12h 40m)
1h 55m layover in Singapore
SQ 221 Singapore - Sydney (travel time: 7h 55m)
Sydney scheduled arrival time: 7:30am Thursday
Sydney actual arrival time: 7:22am Thursday
[Photos of the Singapore A380 Biz Class]
EK 6 London - Dubai (travel time: 6h 45m)
1h 30m layover in Dubai
EK 412 Dubai - Sydney (travel time: 13h 45m)
Sydney scheduled arrival time: 7:00am Thursday
Sydney actual arrival time: 7:30am Thursday
[Photos of the Emirates A380 Biz Class]
Looks like I won after all... pic.twitter.com/Etjj5K2Trl— James May (@MrJamesMay) March 5, 2014
This was really quite a nail-biter with an 8-minute difference, and even James admitted to getting more and more excited as the #RacetoSydney hashtag picked up steam and the A380s flew nearly nose-and-nose. Hopefully these exploits earn at least a mention on a future episode of Top Gear, or at least a live rematch!
[Images: FlightAware screenshots & Twitter]