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Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018

Race calendar: The 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship did span eight races on four continents with 14 Master Class pilots competing. Master Class pilots comprised 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), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Martin Šonka (CZE), Juan Velarde (SPA), as well as rookie Ben Murphy (UK) progressing from the Challenger Cup.
The Challenger Cup saw ten pilots flying the official race circuits on race day prior to the first round of the Master Class competition. The Challenger pilots comprised Mélanie Astles (FRA), Florian Bergér (GER), Kenny Chiang (HK), Kevin Coleman (USA), Luke Czepiela (POL), Daniel Genevey (HUN), Daniel Ryfa (SWE), and Baptiste Vignes (FRA). The two rookies Dario Costa (ITA) and Patrick Davidson (RSA) will complete the line-up.
Red Bull provided standardised Zivko Edge 540 V2 planes for the Challenger Cup. The six pilots with the best scores from four races, counted after the penultimate race, were invited to the season finale. The pilot with the best overall score at the season finale was to 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.
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 [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. Pulling more than 10 g for more than 0.6 seconds ('Over G', indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis) will result in a 2-second penalty instead of a DNF. 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.
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 (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), engine above 2,950 rpm 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
[83] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 02-03 February 2018 water Mike Goulian  USA Zivko Edge 540 V2 Florian Bergér  Germany
[84] Cannes, Croisette France 21-22 April 2018 water Matt Hall  Australia Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[85] Chiba, Makuhari Beach Japan 26-27 May 2018 water Matt Hall  Australia Zivko Edge 540 V3 Kenny Chiang  Hongkong *
[86] Budapest, Danube river Hungary 23-24 June 2018 water Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Luke Czepiela  Poland
[87] Kazan, Kazanka river Russia 25-26 August 2018 water Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Kevin Coleman  USA
[88] Wiener Neustadt, Airfield West Austria 15-16 September 2018 land Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Kenny Chiang  Hongkong
[89] Indianapolis, Motor Speedway United States of America 06-07 October 2018 land Mike Goulian  USA Zivko Edge 540 V2 Florian Bergér  Germany
[90] Fort Worth, Texas Motor Speedway United States of America 17-18 November 2018 land Martin Šonka  Czech Republic Zivko Edge 540 V3 Luke Czepiela  Poland
  * Rescheduled race which took place on 15-Sep-2018 at Wiener Neustadt in compensation for the Chiba race which had to be cancelled due to organisational reasons

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018 – Final Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3 4 80
2 Matt Hall  Australia AUS Zivko Edge 540 V3 2 75
3 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2 2 73
4 Mikaël Brageot  France FRA MXS-R   41
5 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3   40
6 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3   34
7 Ben Murphy  United Kingdom UK  Zivko Edge 540 V2   29
8 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3   27
9 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2   24
10 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   22
11 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V3   22
12 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3   17
13 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  Zivko Edge 540 V3   16
14 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI Zivko Edge 540 V2   12

RBAR Challenger Cup 2018 – Final Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Performance
1 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL  2 36*** 0.72
2 Florian Bergér  Germany GER  2 36 0.90
3 Kevin Coleman  USA USA  1 30 0.60
4 Baptiste Vignes  France FRA    28 0.60
5 Kenny Chiang  Hongkong HK  2 26 0.65
6 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  1 22 0.44
7 Patrick Davidson  South Africa RSA    20 0.35
8 Mélanie Astles  France FRA    16 0.40
9 Dario Costa  Italy ITA    14 0.32
10 Daniel Genevey  Hungary HUN    8 0.16
  * Best of four season races determined participation in the season finale; points from season finale were added to season score to determine the CC title
 ** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season end
*** With identical points on count back, oddly Czepiela's sixth place finish in Kazan (no points) decided the CC title to the disadvantage of Bergér who had flown one race less