When Kenny Chiang arrived in Wiener Neustadt for race week he was sitting bottom of the Challenger Class standings. Two race wins later - he's leading.
It was the first time in the sport's history that a pilot has won both races in a double header, and although Chiang made it look relatively easy, it was anything but.
It was the first race over land for the 2018 season and also the first standing start – which the pilots will have to repeat in Indianapolis.
So why was Chiang so dominant? How did he get race ready so much quicker. "Getting used to the standing start was difficult, I'd never done that before," stated Chiang. "But by the time FP2 was finished, I was getting more comfortable with it. The key is to get the 'to do' list sorted, but the most important thing is being G-ready. You sit in the raceplane and then you're in the track pulling high-Gs early on, you don't get that anywhere else," he explained.
Even though Chiang is the only Challenger pilot this season to win two races, he's modest about the fact and talks only of what his goals were for the race and the season. "The focus for the weekend was to be clean and consistent in my runs and see if the other pilots make mistakes. I just wanted to be penalty free, which I was, so I'm happy." He said.
It's hard to stay focused when winning a race and then coming back a month or so later. To have to refocus the following day to see if you can win again must have been tough, but Chiang didn't seem to have any issues. "The conditions were completely different on the Sunday, so I had to forget about Saturday's race, the focus was how to improve on Saturday's time," he said. "I think I left a little time on the track on Sunday, but I was happy with my clean run, and that's what I'm aiming for for the rest of the season," he added.
Even though Chiang worked hard and deserved those wins, he still stated that he wasn't imagining it would happen. "I didn't expect to be taking two trophies home before the race week began, but luckily my parents were travelling with me so they put them in their hand luggage," he joked.
Next up for Chiang is another standing start race in Indianapolis. He currently sits joint top with Luke Czepiela, but the Polish pilot isn't racing in Indy, so this is his chance to go into the season finale on top. The next race is 06-07 October, don't miss out, tickets are still available. Get yours HERE!