The Challengers that can win in Cannes

Six of the 10 Challenger Class pilots are racing in Cannes, here’s who’s competing in the French Riviera

Astles is ready

Race two is here and the Challenger pilots will be beside themselves with excitement to get back out into the track to try and win in Cannes. There will be six pilots taking part in the first French race, here's how they line up...

Melanie Astles
This will be Astles' first race of the 2018 campaign – and what a first race to have. The French pilot grew up in the surrounding area so she will have thousands of fans cheering her on. At the final race of 2017 Astles took the win and after a tough winter training regimen she'll be full of confidence and hoping to start her season in the best possible way – with a win over home soil!

Dario Costa
Costa is the first Italian to compete in the Red Bull Air Race and this is his debut season. He had a mix of emotions after the first race of his career in Abu Dhabi. He was happy to be part of the series and competing, but disappointed to miss out on the podium by finishing fourth, just 0.422s behind third place Kevin Coleman. Costa will want to claim that first podium soon – and Cannes might just be the place.

Patrick Davidson
Davidson is another pilot who made his debut in Abu Dhabi and will be looking to improve in Cannes. He flew strongly in the UAE but a penalty in the race saw him drop to sixth. His net time however was quick enough that it would've seen him finish in third, if it wasn't for his incorrect level flying through Gate 4. This will give him great confidence going into his second race.

Daniel Genevey
Genevey is now in his second season as a Challenger Class pilot, but with the new raceplanes this year he'll feel as if he's starting again. He finished last in Abu Dhabi and will be eager to get back in the air and get more track time in the Edge 540s that the Challengers are now flying. Genevey will be hoping that he can improve on his time and be competitive.

Daniel Ryfa
Ryfa is the most experienced Challenger Class pilot and will go all out to win in France. The Swedish pilot was so close to taking the win in Abu Dhabi until he clipped a pylon at the penultimate gate. He knows what he needs to do to win here to start climbing the leaderboard, and also has the ability to do it. All eyes will be on Ryfa's time to see what he can do in Cannes.

Baptiste Vignes
This will be Vignes' first race of the 2018 season. The last race he took part in was Kazan back in July 2017 and he finished second. With such a long break between races he'll be hoping he's not too rusty when he gets in the track. It'll be his first race in the Edge, so that's another thing he'll have to contend with. However, he'll have the advantage of it being his home race and thousands of fans supporting him as he flies through the Start/Finish Gate.

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