Challenger Class pilot Kevin Coleman has had a disjointed season so far. He raced at the season opener in Abu Dhabi back in February and then nothing until Kazan – six months later.
You'd expect anyone that hasn't been in a raceplane for that amount of time to be a bit race rusty. But not Coleman, he took the win in Kazan in fine style, setting a time of 58.316s, 0.144s faster than Patrick Davidson who was second.
"After the gap since Abu Dhabi I was little bit rusty in the first Free Practice," explained Coleman. "It was a matter of getting used to the raceplane and then getting used to the track."
After FP1, Coleman sat down and put together a plan for the following two sessions. "I thought I had a pretty good handle on the track after that. But I didn't qualify very well," said Coleman who was third in Qualifying, but was more than 1.3s off the pace of the winner.
But Coleman turned it around again, even though after his run he thought his time wasn't good enough to win. However, he'd done what he needed to do and after six months away from the track, the American was happy. "It's an awesome feeling winning again and it's a big deal being out of a plane for six months, so hopefully we can go to Austria for the next race and win there," he exclaimed.
Coleman joined the Challenger Class in 2016 and so far in his career has won one race per season. He would like to be the Challenger Champion, but it's not his end game. "It'll be awesome to win a Challenger Class Championship, but right now, I'm just going to race and try to do my best. I'm just trying to be as fast as I can be and also be consistent," Coleman said. "Of course the ultimate goal for me is to be in the Master Class, and I hope to one day be there," he concluded.
Coleman's next race is at Wiener Neustadt on 15-16 September. Get your tickets HERE.