Quotes: Red Bull Air Race Porto 2017

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Martin Sonka the Czech Republic prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Martin Sonka the Czech Republic prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017.

MARTIN ŠONKA, CZECH REPUBLIC
Master Class Pilot, winner of Red Bull Air Race Porto, World Championship leader after six of eight races
“I have to thank Porto. It was an amazing stay here, an amazing race. After the last three races where we got various penalties, it was simply time to fly again – and race again – and we won, so I’m really happy. Of course we would like to win the title, but the others are fast, and with two races left there are still a lot of points on the table. So nothing is decided yet, and we have to wait until the end of the season.”

Pete McLeod of Canada seen in his airplane after landing at the race airport prior the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on August 31, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

PETE McLEOD, CANADA
Master Class Pilot, second place at Red Bull Air Race Porto
“Wow, what a race! Porto is a cool location with the track being very scenic, and it’s an awesome spot to watch a race. It was close, and I put down a good time. Second is great. I got the points I needed to keep moving forward in the championship. It was no secret that I thought I was going to win here. I thought I was able to win the last three races. We’re still happy to smile with second, it’s good.”

Matt Hall of Australia prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

MATT HALL, AUSTRALIA
Master Class Pilot, third place at Red Bull Air Race Porto
“I feel like this is our rookie year again, and like this is our first podium. We’ve had a rough year, and it’s been an uphill battle. We’ve had changes in the plane, changes in the team. We said at the start of the season that the plan was to just build up throughout the year. I was happy to be in the Final 4, and it was good to be able to back off and secure a podium. Now we can move forward.”

 

Kirby Chambliss of the United States performs during training day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 1, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

KIRBY CHAMBLISS, USA
Master Class Pilot
“[A penalty in the Final 4] was unfortunate, we were trying to go fast. Everybody is right on the edge, and sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. The bear got us today.”

Mikael Brageot of France prepares to take off during training day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 1, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

MIKAËL BRAGEOT, FRANCE
Master Class Pilot
“It’s amazing to be out over the ocean here and then go over the bridge and dive into the narrow valley. We are feeling very good. We are knocking on the door of the Final 4 and we were just two-tenths of a second away, so it’s very promising. We are on target for our season’s plan, and we are super happy with our position today. It gives us a lot of confidence for what’s to follow.”

Yoshihide Muroya of Japan prepares to take off during qualifying day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 2, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

YOSHIHIDE “YOSHI” MUROYA, JAPAN
Master Class Pilot
“This is a really beautiful venue with tons of people. We were happy about the flight itself, it was really solid. But the flight start speed is tricky to set up right, and I lost some training time, so it made it difficult to find the proper setting. Missing a Final 4 is a big deal for the championship points, so we’ll see, but I think we’ll be able to be better in Lausitz. It’s going to be a good race in Germany.”

Petr Kopfstein of the Czech Republic prepares for his flight during training day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 1, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

PETR KOPFSTEIN, CZECH REPUBLIC
Master Class Pilot
“The track was really easy, not technical, and we like more difficult tracks where you have to think about it more. Here the faster airplanes were in front, and we also did some little mistakes, maybe pulling slightly late. We’re not happy with the result, but that’s life. There are 30 points up for grabs in the next races, and we think we can take some of them. We aren’t even thinking of being scared of these guys, so we’ll keep pushing. Our aim at the beginning of the year was to fly clean and consistent, and that’s what we are fulfilling. We want to still be in the top five at the end of the season.”

Matthias Dolderer of Germany prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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MATTHIAS DOLDERER, GERMANY
Master Class Pilot, defending World Champion
“The track is nice to fly – it’s very fluid. As it follows the shape of the river, it’s interesting. We’re going in the right direction. I improved a little bit here and I’m finding my groove again. I had a stall in one of the VTMs [Vertical Turning Maneuvers], which killed my time a little bit, but I’m still hoping for the next race. I’m looking forward to Lausitz – a home race is very special, especially in a stadium. Everything is so close together, I walk out of the hangar and the fans are right there. It’s like no other race.”

Peter Podlunsek of Slovenia seen in his airplane at the race airport prior the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on August 31, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

PETER PODLUNŠEK, SLOVENIA  
Master Class Pilot
“Of course I am a bit disappointed, because the flight was really clean but today we didn’t have the speed to beat Yoshi [Muroya] and advance to the Round of 8. Overall the venue has been great, and I’m happy that I had a chance to fly here. The track was really fast, and we enjoyed the flying.”

Michael Goulian of the United States prepares for his flight during training day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 1, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

MICHAEL GOULIAN, USA
Master Class Pilot “Porto is a super place, it’s a spectacle to fly here, it really is. And there were no mistakes in the flying. I did what I wanted to do and flew a clean run. In hindsight, it might have been a hair too soft in one of the VTMs, and that made the difference. We didn’t expect to be out in the Round of 14 and it’s disappointing to leave something on the table, but that’s the way it is and we just have to move on.

Nicolas Ivanoff of France prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

NICOLAS IVANOFF, FRANCE
Master Class Pilot
“Porto is really nice, and my friends told me they could feel the speed when they were watching the race. I’m not happy with my result for sure. I made an obvious mistake and pulled too late in the Vertical Turning Maneuver so lost a lot of time. Otherwise I think I can be a half-second faster. It’s hard, but we must focus on the next race.”

Cristian Bolton of Chile prepares to take off during race day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

CRISTIAN BOLTON, CHILE
Master Class Pilot
“It’s been a tough week, we had a lot of work to do on the airplane. We had an issue with the engine cowling composite and we missed Free Practice 1 and 2, and then an issue with my radio. So of course it’s not a good week, but it’s part of aviation sometimes. And we are happy because even though we didn’t have much time in the track, we had a good time in the Round of 14 that took four seconds off Free Practice 3. It’s a mix of emotions – every time I jump in the plane, I enjoy it, and I am so lucky to be part of this amazing sport.”

Francois Le Vot of France during qualifying day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 2, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

FRANÇOIS LE VOT, FRANCE
Master Class Pilot
“Here in Porto the track wasn’t very tactical, it was a question of being smooth. I must say that I enjoyed this race very much because I felt quite comfortable in the track – maybe too much. Evidently I was on holiday before the last gate! I was happy with my flight, however it’s a good reminder that I must be focused until the very end. But I’m on the right path.”

Juan Velarde of Spain prepares to take off during qualifying day at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 2, 2017. –
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Mihai Stetcu/Red Bull Content Pool

JUAN VELARDE, SPAIN
Master Class Pilot
“It was very nice to be in Portugal. I like this country very much and we are good neighbors. But I’m very, very disappointed, especially sad and frustrated [about being unable to race]. It’s my worst moment in the Red Bull Air Race so far. We’ll keep working with the raceplane this week in Spain, and I hope in the last two races of the season to have good results and enjoy it again.”

Petr Kopfstein of the Czech Republic talks with Race Director Steve Jones of Great Britain after the calibration flight during the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 14, 2016. –
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Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

STEVE JONES
Race Director for the Red Bull Air Race, former Red Bull Air Race Porto winner
“It’s just fantastic to be here again. I think it’s one of our most spectacular stops. You’re [flying] right down below most of the city, which makes it special, and I remember the first time racing here and seeing it crammed with spectators.”

Commentator and former world Champion Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain works during the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 17, 2016. –
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Daniel Grund/Red Bull Content Pool

PAUL BONHOMME
Three-time World Champion, Commentator for the Red Bull Air Race live broadcasts, former Red Bull Air Race Porto winner
“Porto is a great location. It’s so beautiful, and the river channels you into the city and you swarm around there like an angry bee for a minute and then head back out to the ocean.”

Challenger pilot Kevin Coleman of the United States poses for a photograph at the second stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, United States on April 14, 2017. –
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Andreas Langreiter / Red Bull Content Pool

KEVIN COLEMAN, USA
Challenger Class Pilot, winner of the Challenger Class race at Porto
“I really needed this. I haven’t had as good a season as I did last year, and I had worked so hard here. This is just what I needed to propel me towards the season finale in Indianapolis and hopefully to end up on the podium there. I hadn’t won since Ascot last year, so It feels good to be back up here on top.”

Challenger pilot Florian Berger of Germany prepares to take off during the qualifying day at the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 1, 2017. –
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Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

FLORIAN BERGÉR, GERMANY
Challenger Class Pilot, second place in the Challenger Class race at Porto
“Before this I’d only flown commercial aircraft in Porto, but it’s a great city, and I like the track a lot, it’s really cool. I was a little bit nervous going into the track because I had seen the times of the other pilots. I didn’t want to ruin it with a penalty, so I flew slightly conservatively – especially in the VTMs – and that cost me time. But I am happy and I’m happy for Kevin [Coleman] as well.”

Challenger pilot Melanie Astles of France poses for a photograph during a Media Hangar Walk at the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, Russia on July 23, 2017. –
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Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

MÉLANIE ASTLES, FRANCE
Challenger Class Pilot, third place in the Challenger Class race at Porto
“Porto is lovely, and it’s a great track. It was a hard day, but I felt very happy. I was happy in the track and had a strong mindset. However, I could have flown better – I know where I lost time, and I hope to have this corrected in time for my next race.”

Challenger pilot Daniel Genevey of Hungary prepares to take off prior to the rescheduled Challenger Cup from Chiba at the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, Russia on July 22, 2017. –
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Mihai Stetcu/Red Bull Content Pool

DANIEL GENEVEY, HUNGARY
Challenger Class Pilot
“Porto is really impressive. The track is very fast, and I needed to learn different things than I learned in Kazan and San Diego. My flight was good today – I did exactly what I wanted and I’m happy. I just wanted to be smooth, clean and safe. I know my time could be better, but I wasn’t looking at that. It wasn’t my goal for today.”

Challenger pilot Ben Murphy of Great Britain prepares to take off during practice day at the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, Russia on July 21, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

BEN MURPHY, GREAT BRITAIN
Challenger Class Pilot
“I normally prefer the land-based tracks for the sense of speed, but in Porto it’s perfect. You have the water, but you get that feeling of speed as the buildings and people fly by. It was a really frustrating day for me. Without that penalty [for climbing in a gate], I would’ve been on the podium, but I knew I’d made the mistake; I was hoping I’d gotten away with it. But never mind. The margins are so tight and you have to push – you don’t win if you don’t push.”

Challenger pilot Kenny Chiang of China prepares to take off prior to the rescheduled Challenger Cup from Chiba at the fifth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Kazan, Russia on July 22, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Mihai Stetcu/Red Bull Content Pool

KENNY CHIANG, CHINA
Challenger Class Pilot
“I love being in Porto and feel very privileged to fly here. The track is very fast. I wasn’t getting the VTMs right all week, and I just couldn’t perform today. I also knew I was high in the chicane. It was a minor loss in concentration, and it cost me greatly.”

Kevin Coleman of the United States (C) celebrates with Florian Berger of Germany (L) and Melanie Astles of France (R) during the Award Ceremony for the Challenger Cup at the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Porto, Portugal on September 3, 2017. –
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