Bergér crowned champ and Astles takes win after Challenger Cup race is cancelled

History is made in Indianapolis today

Astles claims first

Melanie Astles and Florian Bergér both made history today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race that had to be cancelled due to weather. 

Due to unfavourable weather conditions, specifically low clouds and rain, the Race Committee has been forced to cancel the final of the Challenger Cup here in Indianapolis.

"Safety for the Red Bull Air Race is of the utmost priority and due to low clouds and rain, we cannot proceed with the Challenger Cup race. At the moment, the race track is not safely operational. We are monitoring the weather and expect it to improve before the Master Class race begins," says Race Director Steve Jones.

The Indianapolis Challenger Class podium will be based on the Qualifying results and pilots will be awarded 50% of the total available points.

This means that Melanie Astles will make history as the first female pilot in the Red Bull Air Race to take a race win as she was fastest in yesterday's Qualifying session. Luke Czepiela claims second place with Ben Murphy in third.

And due to only half points being awarded it means Florian Bergér also makes history by becoming the first pilot to win back-to-back Challenger Cup Championships.

Daniel Ryfa and Luke Czepiela both finish the season on 34 points overall and take second and third on the overall standings. Ryfa takes second due to two race wins, one more than Czepiela.

Kevin Coleman finishes fourth overall with Astles in fifth and Murphy in sixth.

Challenger Class Indianapolis race results

Challenger Cup Championship standings