Courtesy of Red Bull Air Race Media Service
In the concluding race of a Challenger Cup double-header on 13-14 July, Red Bull Air Race pilot Daniel Ryfa of Sweden triumphed to become the first Challenger Class pilot ever to clinch three race victories in the sport’s spiritual home of Hungary. In Sunday’s six-pilot showdown in the Lake Balaton resort town of Zamárdi, where 100,000 spectators thrilled to the weekend’s flying, Saturday’s winner Dario Costa of Italy captured second place, while Baptiste Vignes of France was third.
Tension was high as Costa and Ryfa were both flying in their last race
of the season. Costa, who had taken his career-first Red Bull Air Race
win in Saturday’s Challenger Class opener over Lake Balaton, started the
proceedings with a clean run of 1:04.447, just slightly over his
winning time from Saturday despite another day of windy conditions.
Having finished second to Costa in Saturday’s battle, Ryfa went all out.
A one-second penalty for Over G at Gate 9 looked like it might crush
the Swede’s chances, but he made up the time to finish a slim 0.197s
ahead of the Italian (1:04.250). At 1:04.830, Vignes was the only other
pilot to break 1:05.
– Ryfa is the only pilot to have
participated in every Challenger Cup season since the inaugural year of
2014. He previously won in Hungary at the Budapest races in 2015 and
2016, and his career win tally is now eight. Costa, meanwhile, joined
the sport in 2018, and before Lake Balaton his best race finish had been
third, so his results in the double-header round out a complete set of
podium medals. Vignes, who joined the sport in 2017, boosted his medal
count to five.
– The official feeder category of the Red Bull
Air Race, the Challenger Cup was introduced to help the next generation
of talented pilots build their skills. Also flying in Challenger Cup
Lake Balaton 2 on Sunday were Patrick Strasser of Austria, Mélanie Astles of France, and Vito Wyprächtiger,
who made his Challenger Class debut over the weekend as the first pilot
from Switzerland ever to contend in the Red Bull Air Race. Twelve
Challenger Class pilots are competing across the season, with three
– Next up: The Red Bull Air Race reaches its
climax at the season finale, with racing for the Challenger Class as
well as the World Championship’s Master Class in Chiba, Japan on 7-8
Daniel Ryfa (SWE): “A fantastic day at Lake Balaton, I’m very happy with all my flying here. I had been fighting in my previous flying with Over G penalties, so I was trying very hard not to Over G. And I didn’t do it in the gate where I planned not to do it, but I did it in the other end of the track! But I won, so it’s all good. Besides, this was my last race, though I would prefer to continue. It’s the coolest motorsport ever on the planet. There will be nothing like it, and I will miss it for sure, but I’m very happy. I’m overwhelmed.”
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Results, Challenger Class 2 Lake Balaton 2019: 1 Daniel Ryfa (SWE) 1:04.250, 2. Dario Costa (ITA) 1:04.447, 3. Baptiste Vignes (FRA) 1:04.830, 4. Patrick Strasser (AUT) 1:05.324, 5. Mélanie Astles (FRA) 1:06.042, 6. Vito Wyprächtiger (SUI) 1:11.883
Red Bull Air Race 2019 Calendar
8-9 February: Abu Dhabi, UAE
15-16 June: Kazan, Russia
13-14 July: Lake Balaton, Hungary
7-8 September: Chiba, Japan
About Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aerial motorsport series that demands a combination of speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, high performance raceplanes, pilots compete in iconic locations over water and land. The high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability required make it accessible only to the world’s most exceptional pilots.
Flying just metres from the ground,
14 Master Class pilots race against the clock whilst reaching speeds of
up to 370 km/h, requiring a combination of precision and skill unmatched
in the world of aviation. Pilots must be in peak physical condition as
they endure forces up to 12G while navigating the technical racetracks
made up of air-filled pylons.
The Air Race was developed in
2003 and is accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
(FAI), with more than 90 races completed across five continents. As the
most advanced aerial challenge in existence, competing in the Red Bull
Air Race World Championship is the highest accolade for elite pilots. A
Challenger Cup feeder series was introduced in 2014.
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