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Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017

Race calendar: The 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will span eight races on four continents with 14 Master Class pilots competing. Master Class pilots comprise Cristian Bolton (CHI), 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), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Peter Podlunšek (SLO), Martin Šonka (CZE), Juan Velarde (SPA), as well as Mikaël Brageot (FRA) progressing from the Challenger Cup. The Challenger Cup will see nine pilots flying the official race circuits on race day prior to the first round of the Master Class competition. The Challenger pilots comprise Mélanie Astles (FRA), Florian Bergér (GER), Kevin Coleman (USA), Luke Czepiela (POL), Ben Murphy (UK) and Daniel Ryfa (SWE). The three rookies Kenny Chiang (CHI), Daniel Genevey (HUN) and Baptiste Vignes (FRA) will complete the line-up.
Red Bull will again provide standardised Extra EA-330LX planes for the Challenger Cup. The six pilots with the best scores from four races, counted after the penultimate race, will be invited to the season finale. The pilot with the best overall score at the season finale will be crowned the Challenger Cup champion.
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.
Amended scoring: The winner on race day gets 15 points, the second 12 points, the third 9 points, the fourth 6 points, the fifth 5 points, down to one point for ninth 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, as well as incorrect level flying; 1 second for missing smoke, for entry speed between 201 kn (372.3 km/h) and 201.99 kn (374.1 km/h), as well as for operational violations specific to a given race track. Pulling more than 10 g for more than 0.6 seconds (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis) will result in a DNF.
Note. The general entry speed limit of 200 kn (370.4 km/h) had been reduced by the race committee to 180 kn (333.4 km/h) for both Master Class and Challenger Cup races in Porto.
Disqualification (DQ): Uncontrolled flying (e.g. closer than 10 m to the ground), third pylon hit in a run, crossing the safety line, pulling more than 12 g (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis), entry speed above 202 kn (374.1 km/h), engine RPM above limit (indicated via post-flight analysis), as well as missing the post-flight minimum weight of 698 kg (with a tolerance of -5 kg).
  Location Country Date flown Winner Aircraft Winner
        over Master Class   Challenger Class
[75] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 10-11 February 2017 water Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[76] San Diego, Bay United States of America 15-16 April 2017 water Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Florian Bergér  Germany
[77] Chiba, Makuhari Beach Japan 03-04 June 2017 water Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Luke Czepiela  Poland *
[78] Budapest, Danube river Hungary 01-02 July 2017 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540 V3 Florian Bergér  Germany
[79] Kazan, Kazanka river Russia 22-23 July 2017 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540 V3 Kenny Chiang  China
[80] Porto / Gaia, Duoro river Portugal 02-03 September 2017 water Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Kevin Coleman  USA
[81] Lausitz, EuroSpeedway Germany 16-17 September 2017 land Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[82] Indianapolis, Motor Speedway United States of America 14-15 October 2017 land Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Mélanie Astles  France **
  * Rescheduled race which took place on 22-Jul-2017 at Kazan in compensation for Chiba race which had to be cancelled due to organisational reasons
 ** CC competition had to be canceled due to bad weather; qualifying results counted

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017 – Final Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3 4 74
2 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3 2 70
3 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3   56
4 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3 2 53
5 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  Zivko Edge 540 V3   43
6 Matt Hall  Australia AUS Zivko Edge 540 V3   40
7 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3   39
8 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2   37
9 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2   28
10 Mikaël Brageot  France FRA MXS-R   24
11 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   16
12 Peter Podlunšek  Slovenia SLO  Zivko Edge 540 V2   14
13 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI Zivko Edge 540 V2   9
14 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V3   9

RBAR Challenger Cup 2017 – Final Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Performance
1 Florian Bergér  Germany GER  2 38 0.84
2 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  2 34 0.62
3 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL  1 34 0.62
4 Kevin Coleman  USA USA  1 27 0.49
5 Mélanie Astles  France FRA  1 23 0.45
6 Ben Murphy  United Kingdom UK    19 0.38
7 Baptiste Vignes  France FRA    14 0.28
8 Kenny Chiang  China CHI  1 12 0.24
9 Daniel Genevey  Hungary HUN    12 0.24
  * Best of four season races determined participation in the season finale; points from season finale (only 50% points for qualifying, due to bad weather) have been added to season score to determine the CC title
 ** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season end