The Challengers of Budapest

Six of the 10 Challengers will face off over the Danube

Czepiela and Bergér

The Challengers will be itching to get back out into the track after not having a race since April, with some Challenger pilots having experienced an even longer wait. Here's how the line up is looking for the third race of the 2018 Challenger Cup...

Melanie Astles
This will only be Astles' second race of the season and her first time flying in Budapest. The French pilot will be eager to get back in the track. There was a lot of pressure at her last race in Cannes, as it was her home race and she was the centre of attention. She handled that pressure well, but here in Budapest she can focus on her flying.

Florian Bergér
The current Challenger Cup Champion has also only flown once so far this season, back in February in Abu Dhabi. Even with only one race under his belt, he sits joint second in the standings. And without Daniel Ryfa flying, Bergér has a chance to pull ahead in the rankings. Budapest will also bring back fond memories to the German, as he took the win here in 2017.

Kenny Chiang
If there's one pilot who will want to get back in the track and get into that race mentality, it's Kenny Chiang. He hasn't raced since Porto last year, nine months ago. Although he flew in Budapest last year, it will be a completely new experience as he races in the new Challenger Edge 540s. Chiang is quick to adapt and won in only his fourth career race, so you can expect good things from him.

Luke Czepiela
Czepiela last raced in Abu Dhabi, where he took second place. He also finished second in Budapest last year, so the Polish pilot will be returning to Hungary full of confidence. Without series leader Daniel Ryfa flying, Czepiela will be hoping for a podium finish in Budapest.

Daniel Genevey
Genevey hasn't had the greatest start to his season. He's raced in both Challenger locations so far this season and has yet to score a championship point. However, last year Genevey was quickest in Budapest's Challenger Qualifying, and he'll be able to build on that success. This could be the stop that kickstarts his season.

Baptiste Vignes
Vignes competed in his home race in April and finished second on the French Riviera. Cannes was his first race of the year and he seems to have adapted to the new Edge 540 exceptionally well. Vignes was fourth in Budapest last year – his debut season – so he'll be another pilot flying into this race full of confidence.

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