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11 March 2017




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Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017 – Race calendar

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, every 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.
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      
[77] Chiba, Makuhari Beach (Tokyo Bay) Japan 03-04 June 2017 water      
[78] Budapest, Danube river Hungary 01-02 July 2017 water      
[79] Kazan, ? Russia 22-23 July 2017 water      
[80] Porto / Gaia, Duoro River Portugal 02-03 September 2017 water      
[81] Lausitz, EuroSpeedway Germany 16-17 September 2017 land      
[82] Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway United States of America 14-15 October 2017 land      
  

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017 – Preliminary Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points*
1 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3 1 15
2 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2   12
3 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3   9
4 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3   7
5 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   6
6 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2   5
7 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI Zivko Edge 540 V2   4
8 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   3
9 Mikaël Brageot  France FRA MXS-R   2
10 Matt Hall  Australia AUS Zivko Edge 540 V2   1
11 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3   0
12 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  Zivko Edge 540 V3   0
13 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3   0
14 Peter Podlunšek  Slovenia SLO  Zivko Edge 540 V2   0

RBAR Challenger Cup 2017 – Preliminary Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Performance
        index**
1 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  1 10 1.00
2 Florian Bergér  Germany GER    8 0.80
3 Mélanie Astles  France FRA    6 0.60
4 Ben Murphy  United Kingdom UK    4 0.40
5 Kevin Coleman  USA USA    2 0.20
6 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL    0 0
7 Baptiste Vignes  France FRA    0 0
Kenny Chiang  China CHI     
Daniel Genevey  Hungary HUN     
  * Best of four season races will determine participation in the season finale; points from season finale will be added to season score to determine the CC title
 ** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season end