What Will It Take to Win the World Championship?

Courtesy of Red Bull Air Race Media Service

The trophy seen at the eighth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on October 24, 2014. –
Photographer Credit:
Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

There’s just a single race left before the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion is crowned. Find out which pilots are still in the hunt, and what results will give one of them the season trophy.

After seven intense races in seven countries, Martin Šonka (CZE), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Pete McLeod (CAN) and Kirby Chambliss (USA) remain in the running for the 2017 title. Here’s how the possibilities shape up for the Red Bull Air Race season finale at the holy grail of motorsport, the USA’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (To know: If there’s a tie in the points, the World Championship is decided on race results. The pilot with the most 2017 race wins gets the title; or if both have the same number of wins, the trophy goes to the pilot with the most second-place results, and so on.)

Martin Sonka the Czech Republic poses for a photograph with his team prior to the second stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, United States on April 13, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

Martin Šonka
(Currently 63 points with 2 wins, 2 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth, 1 ninth)
At the top of the standings, Šonka is the man to beat. He could – on paper, anyway – wear the crown even if he finishes last at Indianapolis. But his opponents aren’t likely to give him that much help!

Result at Indy Total Points Wins World Championship If…
Win:  78   (No ifs about it, the title is Šonka’s)
2nd:  75   (Šonka is also a lock with second place)
3rd:   72   Muroya doesn’t win
4th:   70   Muroya finishes under 2nd, McLeod doesn’t win
5th:   69   Muroya finishes under 2nd, McLeod doesn’t win
6th:   68   Muroya finishes under 3rd, McLeod doesn’t win
7th:   67   Muroya finishes under 3rd, McLeod under 2nd, Chambliss doesn’t win
8th:   66   Muroya finishes under 4th, McLeod under 2nd, Chambliss doesn’t win
9th:   65   Muroya finishes under 5th, McLeod under 2nd, Chambliss doesn’t win
10th: 64   Muroya finishes under 6th, McLeod under 3rd, Chambliss under 2nd
11th-14th:   63   Muroya finishes under 7th, McLeod under 3rd, Chambliss under 2nd

Yoshihide Muroya of Japan smiles after the race at the seventh round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Lausitzring, Germany on September 17, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Daniel Grund/Red Bull Content Pool

Yoshihide Muroya
(Currently 59 points with 3 wins, 1 third, 1 sixth, 2 thirteenths)
The only pilot with three wins so far this season, Muroya is in a strong position only four points behind Šonka. But if he finishes lower than 7th place at the speedway, his chance for the championship is gone.

Result at Indy Total Points Wins World Championship If…
Win:  74   Šonka finishes under 2nd
2nd:  71   Šonka finishes under 3rd
3rd:   68   Šonka finishes under 5th, McLeod doesn’t win
4th:   66   Šonka finishes under 7th, McLeod under 2nd, Chambliss doesn’t win
5th:   65   Šonka finishes under 8th, McLeod under 2nd, Chambliss doesn’t win
6th:   64   Šonka finishes under 9th, McLeod under 3rd, Chambliss doesn’t win
7th:   63   Šonka finishes under 10th, McLeod under 3rd, Chambliss under 2nd

Pete McLeod of Canada poses for a photograph with his team prior to the second stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, United States on April 14, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Pete McLeod
(Currently 56 points with 0 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, 1 fifth, 1 seventh, 1 tenth)
McLeod has been on the podium four times in 2017, more than any previous season in his career. To take the title for Canada, he must add one more race podium to that tally… and get a little help from his rivals.

Result at Indy Total Points Wins World Championship If…
Win:  71   Šonka finishes under 3rd, Muroya under 2nd
2nd:  68   Šonka finishes under 6th, Muroya under 3rd
3rd:   65   Šonka finishes under 9th, Muroya under 5th, Chambliss doesn’t win

Kirby Chambliss of the United States poses for a photograph with his team during the qualifying day at the third stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Chiba, Japan on June 3, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Kirby Chambliss
(Currently 52 points with 2 wins, 2 fourths, 1 sixth, 1 eighth, 1 eleventh)
The odds are against the two-time titleholder, but another World Championship could still be in the cards if Chambliss finishes first or second and Lady Luck does the rest.

Result at Indy Total Points Wins World Championship If…
Win:  67   Šonka finishes under 7th, Muroya under 3rd, McLeod under 2nd
2nd:  64   Šonka finishes under 10th, Muroya under 6th, McLeod under 3rd

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About Red Bull Air Race:

Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship

Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic performs during the qualifying day at the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 1, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool
Yoshihide Muroya of Japan performs during race day at the seventh round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Lausitzring, Germany on September 17, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Kirby Chambliss of the United States performs during practice day at the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, Russia on July 21, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Mihai Stetcu/Red Bull Content Pool

 

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