Brageot blazes into the final four for the second time in his racing career

After a less than ideal final practice and Qualifying (11thplace) Mika Brageot turned it around on race day to come away with a fourth place finish and 34 Championship points to his name, which is more than double that of this time last year in his record breaking debut season.

 

There were many surprises in the Round of 14 none more so than that of American pilot Micheal Goulian who had been leading the Championship but made mistakes that saw him thrown out of contention for the race. Martin Sonka won the sixth round in epic style beating Yoshihide Muroya’s time by just 0.036s and in doing so, became the first pilot to win three races in a row since Hannes Arch in 2010.

 

This was one of the closest finishes to an Air Race ever with all four pilots finishing withing 0.8s of each other. Muroya flew first in the Final 4 and set a fantastic time of 59.324s – the fastest of the day up until that point. When Sonka entered the track it looked like Muroya had done enough for the win. Sonka was behind Muroya’s time at the split times, but they were shrinking with every advance, and when Sonka passed through the Finish Gate he had clawed the time back and pushed his Japanese rival into second place.

 

Mika Brageot, who had knocked out Canadian Pete McLeod in the Round of 8, flew cleanly and smooth, but wasn’t able to match his previous time and top the more experienced pilots. His time of 1:00.088, although penalty free, saw him finish fourth in the Final 4. This was the first time this season that all four pilots in the last round didn’t pick up any penalties.

Last into the track was Matt Hall who crossed the finish line just 0.083s behind the leader Sonka, which saw him finish third.

 

Mika now is tied in 4thplace in the Championship with Reigning World Champion Yoshi Muroya and with just two races left, both in the United States, it’s going to be an exciting climax to the 2018 season.

 

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