French pilot Brageot flies into Air Racing season finale this weekend

There is only one more chance to watch Mika Brageot race in 2018, and it happens this Saturday and Sunday, when the French pilot and his #11RACING team take off for the season finale of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, USA. If Brageot can hold on to his current fourth place, he will clinch the best overall result of any graduate from the sport’s second competition category, the Challenger Class.

 

In 2017, Brageot blew away the record for any former Challenger Class pilot in a maiden World Championship season, accumulating 24 points and a spot in the top 10 overall. This year, however, the pilot from the Aquitaine has raised his game even higher, earning his first race podium (second place in Budapest) and leaping to fourth position in the overall standings at 36 points, with more on offer in Texas.

 

Brageot’s job in Fort Worth is to protect that position against pilots such as 2017 World Champion Yoshihide Muroya, just two points behind him in fifth place; Canada’s Pete McLeod, who was third in the World Championship last season; and two-time titleholder Kirby Chambliss, a Texas native who will enjoy home support at the speedway.

 

To that end, Brageot has intensified his training, adding a new running program to boost his endurance in the high-G environment of the racetrack and make his lean frame even a bit lighter. The team also arrived in Fort Worth early to do some test flights and make modifications to their raceplane.

 

“The modifications are small, so they won’t be obvious to the naked eye. But after the race we will be holding on to the plane to rebrand it, so our fans will definitely be able to spot some new changes in 2019,” Brageot hints.

 

The Frenchman is already a familiar face to the crowds in Fort Worth. He earned his very first Challenger Class win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014 and followed up by clinching another triumph in 2015, making him the first pilot in that category ever to win two races at the same venue.

 

“I have great memories from my Challenger Cup races in Fort Worth, and I’m happy to be back. But the level of competition in the World Championship is very different,” Brageot admits. “I’m very proud of what our team has already accomplished, and we’re going to fly all out to get as many points as possible in this final race. We are aiming to head toward next season with momentum.”

Mika Brageot and #11RACING will race at the USA’s Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, 17-18 November 2018. For tickets, updates and how to watch: www.redbullairrace.com.

 

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