Brageot Pays the Penalty on Raceday

After a line of stellar performances all week, including his first ever Qualification win, Brageot finished his Kazan campaign in 8th place after penalties put him out of contention in the Round of 8.

As Dolderer was unable to fly today after unrepairable damage on his aircraft in Quali, Mika had a free pass just needing to post a time around the track in the first round. He flew a very competitive time however (4th fastest) which matched him with 2017 World Champion Yoshi Muroya in the Round of 8, who’s time in the Round of 14 was 0.192 slower than Brageot’s.

Yoshi flew first and posted a respectable 103.049 – A time Brageot knew he could improve on if he stuck to the plan.. As he carved through the track with incredible speed progressively pulling away from Japans Muroya he incurred 2 penalties (4 seconds) for being just shy of wings level in both gate 3 and 16 putting him out of contention for the rest of the contest.

Mikael Brageot of France prepares for his flight during the finals at the second round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Kazan, Russia on June 16, 2019.

Although disappointing, particularly given his current form, Mika is upbeat about the last half of the season, walking away in 5th place in the Championship (26 points) and a chance to put things right in Hungary next month.

“It’s one of the most disappointing results I’ve ever had in my Air Racing career because we had such a good week with amazing timings. I just went through the track with two penalties that I wasn’t really looking for, and here we are. The good things are that we were super fast, the plane works perfectly and the team is super strong. We will push everything in for the next race.”

Mikael Brageot of France performs during the finals at the second round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Kazan, Russia on June 16, 2019.

Yoshihide Muroya went on to make it back-to-back wins so far for the 2019 season with a win in the final 4, posting a time of 1:03.496.

Matt Hall came closest to knocking Muroya off his perch. He was behind in the splits then gaining on the Japanese pilot, but as he crossed the Finish Gate he was still 0.185s behind, which saw the Australian take second and his first podium of the year.

Current World Champion Martin Sonka followed Muroya into the track, but in his first VTM he went high and was soft in the pull up losing time in his run and he just couldn’t make that loss up in the remaining time he had in the track.

François Le Vot was the third pilot to fly and went into the track with an all-or-nothing attitude. He went all in but collected a two second penalty at Gate 3 and another two at Gate 16. His four seconds of penalties saw him cross the Hamilton Finish Gate more than five seconds behind the winner.

Next up is the 3rd race at Lake Balaton in Hungary (13th – 14th July), followed by the season and red Bull Air Race closing finalé in Chiba Japan in September.

 

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