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Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019

Race calendar: The 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will span eight races on three continents with 14 Master Class pilots competing. Master Class pilots comprise Cristian Bolton (CHI), Mikaël Brageot (FRA), Kirby Chambliss (USA), Matthias Dolderer (GER), Michael Goulian (USA), Matt Hall (AUS), Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), Petr Kopfstein (CZE), François Le Vot (FRA), Pete McLeod (CAN), Ben Murphy (UK), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Martin Šonka (CZE), and Juan Velarde (SPA).
The Challenger Cup will see six pilots flying the official race circuits on race day prior to the first round of the Master Class competition. The Challenger pilots will comprise Mélanie Astles (FRA), Florian Bergér (GER), Kenny Chiang (HK), Kevin Coleman (USA), Dario Costa (ITA), Luke Czepiela (POL), Patrick Davidson (RSA), Daniel Ryfa (SWE), and Baptiste Vignes (FRA). The three rookies Sammy Mason (USA), Patrick Strasser (AUT) and Vito Wyprächtiger (SUI) will complete the line-up.
Red Bull will provide standardised Zivko Edge 540 V2 planes for the Challenger Cup.
Race format: Fastest time from two qualification runs defines ranking for race day. Seven winners of head-to-head races in the Round of 14 proceed to the next stage, plus the fastest loser. The Round of 8 again sees heats with the pilots being reseeded based on the times they clocked in the Round of 14. The fastest from the previous round races against the slowest, and so on. The four winners proceed to the Final 4 where they race against the clock. However, if both pilots in a heat do not post a valid time, another lucky loser will proceed to the next round based on clocked time. This rule change applies to Round of 14 as well as Round of 8. The Challenger Class race will take place before the Round of 14 contest.
Standard engines (Lycoming Thunderbolt AEIO-540-EXP), propellers (Hartzell composite 3-blade 'The Claw') and exhaust systems to be employed by all pilots.
Pylons (air gates) are kept 25 m high for safety reasons. Knife edge flying through gates and the quadro gate remain removed from the race format.
Scoring: The fastest in qualifying will get 3 points, the second 2 points, and the third 1 point. The winner on race day will get 25 points, the second 22 points, the third 20 points, and the fourth 18 points. Pilots advancing to the Round of 8 will receive a five-point bonus: the fifth 14 points, the sixth 13 points, the seventh 12 points, and the eighth 11 points. The ninth will get 5 points, the tenth 4 points, down to 1 point for thirteenth place. However, any pilot collecting a DQ in any round will receive no points at all.
Penalties: 3 seconds each for the first two pylon hits in a run; 2 seconds for flying too high or too low, as well as incorrect level flying; 1 second for missing smoke, for entry speed between 201 kn [181 kn] (372.3 km/h | 335.2 km/h) and 201.99 kn [181.99 kn] (374.1 km/h | 337.1 km/h), as well as for operational violations specific to a given race track such as incorrect vertical turning manoeuvre. Pulling more than 11 g but under 12 g ('Over G', indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis) will also result in a 1-second penalty. The general entry speed limit of 200 kn (370.4 km/h) may be reduced by the race committee to 180 kn (333.4 km/h) under certain circumstances.
Did not finish (DNF): Third pylon hit in a run, pulling more than 12 g (Master Class) and 11 g (Challenger Class), respectively, indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis ('Exceeding maximum G'), entry speed above 202 kn [182 kn] (374.1 km/h | 337.1 km/h), excessively incorrect turning manoeuvre, as well as deviation from the course.
Disqualification (DQ): Uncontrolled flying (e.g. closer than 10 m to the ground), crossing the safety line, engine above 2,950 rpm limit (indicated via post-flight analysis), as well as missing the post-flight minimum weight of 696 kg.
  Location Country Date flown Winner Aircraft Winner
        over Master Class   Challenger Class
[91] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 08-09 February 2019 water Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Florian Bergér  Germany
[92] Kazan, Kazanka river Russia 15-16 June 2019 water      
[93] Zamárdi, Lake Balaton Hungary 13-14 July 2019 water      
[94] To be announced [Europe]          
[95] Chiba, Makuhari Beach Japan 07-08 September 2019 water      
[96] To be announced [Asia]          
[97] Indianapolis, Motor Speedway United States of America 19-20 October 2019 land      
[98] To be announced Saudia Arabia 08-09 November 2019        

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 – Preliminary Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3 1 28
2 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3   22
3 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2   21
4 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   18
5 Matt Hall  Australia AUS Zivko Edge 540 V3   14
6 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2   13
7 Mikaël Brageot  France FRA MXS-R   12
8 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3   11
9 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3   5
10 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  Zivko Edge 540 V3   4
11 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3   3
12 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V3   2
13 Ben Murphy  United Kingdom UK  Zivko Edge 540 V2   1
14 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI Zivko Edge 540 V2   0

RBAR Challenger Cup 2019 – Preliminary Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Performance
1 Florian Bergér  Germany GER  1 10 1.00
2 Mélanie Astles  France FRA    8 0.80
3 Kevin Coleman  USA USA    6 0.60
4 Sammy Mason  USA USA    4 0.40
5 Dario Costa  Italy ITA    2 0.20
6 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL    0 0
Kenny Chiang  Hongkong HK       
Patrick Davidson  South Africa RSA       
Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE       
Patrick Strasser  Austria AUT       
Baptiste Vignes  France FRA       
Vito Wyprächtiger  Switzerland SUI       
  * Six pilots per venue will compete in races throughout the season; the CC title race at the season finale held in previous years has been abandoned