Muroya makes it two from two with blistering Kazan triumph

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 RESULTS

Race finish Pilot Country Race points Final time Penalties Quali finish
1 Yoshi MUROYA JPN 25 1:03.496 4
2 Matt HALL AUS 22 1:03.681 9
3 Martin SONKA CZE 20 1:04.238 2
4 Francois LE VOT FRA 18 1:08.542 +4 3
5 Ben MURPHEY GBR 14 1:03.974 11
6 Cristian BOLTON CHI 13 1:04.095 7
7 Nicolas IVANOFF FRA 12 1:05.241 +1 10
8 Mika BRAGEOT FRA 11 1:06.611 +4 1
9 Pete MCLEOD CAN 5 1:04.226 +2 8
10 Michael GOULIAN USA 4 1:04.662 +1 6
11 Juan VELARDE ESP 3 1:04.711 +2 13
12 Kirby CHAMBLISS USA 2 1:05.089 +2 12
13 Petr KOPFSTEIN CZE 1 1:05.748 +2 5
14 Matthias DOLDERER GER 0 DNS N/A 14

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Position Pilot Team Country Total points Change
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