Taking The Rough With The Smooth

It was a race day to learn from for Mika Brageot and his #11RACING team as they failed to reach their goal of a consecutive podium place in Russia on Sunday, despite having shown a consistently good performance throughout training sessions earlier in the week.

As 128,000 Red Bull Air Race fans watched on in the sunshine, French pilot Mika Brageot accrued a 2 second penalty for over an G (over 10 G for more than 0.6 seconds), giving the 13 other masterclass pilots a chance to claim all important world championship points at round 5 in Kazan, before launching his title bid in Austria next month.

After Qualifying in the top half of the table in 6thBrageot had everything to play for, but the experienced Australian and current Championship leader Matt Hall, flying first in their heat on race day, found his form and laid down a blistering time. Brageot answered back with a sharp, fast and accurate start, but with the over G penalty in gate 8 his hopes were quickly dashed and Hall went through ahead. It was the end of the road and no Championship points for the French ace and his team.

Mika comments; “We are obviously disappointed to come away from here without Championship points, but that’s racing you know. We have won every Round of 14 heat since Porto last year, so I know what we are doing as a team works, it just wasn’t our day today.”

“We were a little slow to adapt to the new G measuring process they are using for this race, which came in at the same time as they corrected a long-standing error in the same area, and due to other complications from the week we were not fully on top of it,” says Brageot’s analyst, Max Lamb.

#11RACING will regroup in the coming days before they head to Wiener Neustadt, with new experience and an ever-stronger wish to reach their goal of a Championship podium at the end of the season.

Martin Šonka captured his second race victory in a row. In second place, the USA’s Michael Goulian regained the top of the overall leaderboard, while fellow American Kirby Chambliss repeated on the Kazan podium, this time in third after Yoshi Muroya was disqualified for over RPM in the round of 8.

The Russian result boosts Goulian, the most consistent pilot of the season with four race podiums and five Final 4 appearances, back to the top with 55 points, while Šonka and Hall are now tied for second in the points at 49. Standout Brageot and Muroya managed to hold tight in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, but have seen the points gap to the leaders widen.

Next, the Red Bull Air Race goes back to its roots with the first Austrian stop since 2016. The showdown at Wiener Neustadt will also mark the last race in Europe before the World Championship moves to the United States for the final two stops of the season.

Grab a seat! Tickets for the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship – including the sport’s debut in Wiener Neustadt, Austria – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com

 

Results Master Class, Kazan 2018:  1. Martin Šonka (CZE), 2. Michael Goulian (USA), 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 4. Juan Velarde (ESP), 5. Ben Murphy (GBR), 6. François Le Vot (FRA), 7. Matt Hall (AUS), 8. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 11. Pete McLeod (CAN), 12. Mika Brageot (FRA), 13. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 14. Cristian Bolton (CHI)

World Championship standings after five races:1. Michael Goulian (USA) 55 points, 2. Martin Šonka (CZE) 49 pts, 3. Matt Hall (AUS) 49 pts, 4. Mika Brageot (FRA) 27 pts, 5. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 22 pts, 6. François Le Vot (FRA) 20 pts, 7. Kirby Chambliss(USA) 19 pts, 8. Juan Velarde (ESP) 16 pts, 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 15 pts, 10. Ben Murphy (GBR) 15 pts, 11. Pete McLeod (CAN) 11 pts, 12. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 10 pts, 13. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 6 pts, 14. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 6 pts

 

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