Brageot clinches 4th in the 2018 World Championship in his Second ever Season in the Masterclass

In only his second season in the masterclass Mika Brageot of France impresses with a 4th place finish in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship ahead of last years World Champion Yoshi Muroya and two other previous victors.

Mikael Brageot of France prepares for his flight during the finals at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 18, 2018.

 

In the final race of the season today at Texas Motor Speedway Brageot finished in 6th securing an all important 5 points to sustain his place in the Championship. He finished just one point ahead of 2017 World Champion Yoshi Muroya of Japan, while also breaking a new record for the most successful Challenger graduate in their second year following on from a record in his first season in 2017.

Brageot flew against home race hero Kirby Chambliss in the Round of 14 where he clinched the win by 0.11 seconds – the third fastest time of the session and therefore he was handed the advantage to fly second against Ben Murphy in the next round. Murphy flew cleanly but 1.2 seconds slower than Brageot’s Round of 14 time, so there was every opportunity for Mika to advance to the final four.  Although, brimming with confidence, a few issues with the engine monitoring system meant Brageot flew into the track with a less than ideal set up resulting in a flight that was ‘off the boil’ and put him out of the competition.

“I felt comfortable in the plane, and in the racetrack the feeling was really great. I went through the Round of 14 to the Round of 8 and unfortunately didn’t do as well as I expected there, but I’m quite happy with the overall results. Being in the top part of the standings was one of our targets for the season, after having a very nice first year in the Master Class. We did a lot of work as a team, me as a pilot, and and on the aircraft and tactics, so the overall state of mind in our team has led us to have high targets. I think of it as a very, very good start towards 2019.”

The Championship title went to Martin Sonka, followed by Matt Hall, and Micheal Goulian in third place. Yoshi Muroya finished in 5th and Kirby Chambliss 6th. Ben Murphy had a Stella first season ending his debut year in 7th accruing 29 points and breaking the record set by Brageot in the previous year.

Brageot and his #11RACING team will be looking to the 2019 season now, the first race taking place in Abu Dhabi, with high hopes of continuing his rapid rise to the top, and another podium in his sights..

Mikael Brageot of France performs during qualifying day at the eighth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States on November 17, 2018.

 

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