KAZAN | The Japanese ace Yoshi Muroya has tightened his grip on the Red Bull Air Race title race with a second consecutive victory.
Muroya, the 2017 world champion, had been unstoppable all week, winning all three Free Practice sessions, coming fourth in Qualifying and beating Matt Hall for the win by two tenths of a second. Martin Sonka came third.
The French pilots also performed strongly: Mika Brageot won qualifying with a track record but had to settle for eight overall after a penalty-ridden Round of 8 performance against Muroya. Francois Le Vot, who came third in Qualifying and fourth on race day, enjoyed his best result since 2016.
Ben Murphy of the UK had a weekend to remember as well, drawn against Yoshi Muroya in the Round of 14 but progressing as fastest loser. He had to face Martin Sonka in the Round of 8, but was again the fastest loser of the round and finished in fifth.
2016 world champion Matthias Dolderer was left lamenting his Qualifying performance as he was forced to sit out of the race – a major pylon hit in the chicane during Qualifying had caused serious damage to his plane and he had to settle for fourteenth.
The Red Bull Air Race moves to the third and penultimate race of the season in Hungary next month.
|Race finish||Pilot||Country||Race points||Final time||Penalties||Quali finish|
|4||Francois LE VOT||FRA||18||1:08.542||+4||3|
|1||Yoshi MUROYA||Team Falken||JPN||53||=|
|2||Martin SONKA||Red Bull Team Sonka||CZE||44||=|
|3||Matt HALL||Matt Hall Racing||AUS||36||⇧|
|4||Nicolas IVANOFF||Team Hamilton||FRA||30||=|
|5||Mika BRAGEOT||#11RACING Team Eyetime||FRA||26||⇧|
|6||Michael GOULIAN||Team Goulian||USA||25||⇩|
|7||Francois LE VOT||FLV Racing Team 12||FRA||21||⇧|
|8||Juan VELARDE||Team Velarde||ESP||16||⇩|
|9||Ben MURPHY||The Blades Racing Team||GBR||15||⇧|
|10||Cristian BOLTON||Cristian Bolton Racing||CHI||13||⇧|
|11||Kirby CHAMBLISS||Team Chambliss||USA||13||⇩|
|12||Pete MCLEOD||Cashback World Racing||CAN||10||⇩|
|13||Petr KOPFSTEIN||Team Speilberg||CZE||5||⇩|
|14||Matthias DOLDERER||Matthias Dolderer Racing||GER||3||⇩|