This weekend in Wiener Neustadt the Challenger Class pilots will compete in two races – one on Saturday, and one on Sunday. As the sixth stop of the season, it's not long until the final Challenger Cup lineup or the season finale in Fort Worth will be decided. Here's the lowdown on who's competing this weekend...
Wiener Neustadt race 1*
Saturday's race will be a tight affair. Five of the six pilots have stepped onto the podium in their last races, so everyone will be fighting for the coveted top spot in Austria. Both Kevin Coleman and Daniel Ryfa won their previous races; Coleman in Kazan, and Ryfa in Cannes. Ryfa hasn't raced since April, but the ice-cool Swede never seems to lose form and will want to start making a charge on the season. Coleman hit top form in Kazan and with this race so close to the last, he'll be looking for a back-to-back win.
Patrick Davidson claimed his firs career podium in Kazan and will be hoping for a similar result again here in Wiener Neustadt. It's set to be Davidson's first race over land, so will be interesting to see how he performs.
Kenny Chiang and Daniel Genevey were third in their last races. Both of these pilots have been steadily improving since entering the Challenger Class last year and will be hoping to push on here. Chiang is racing on the Sunday as well, so he'll be working hard to make this weekend worthwhile.
Baptiste Vignes is another pilot racing twice this weekend. Budapest was his last race, where he finished fifth, but the French pilot has had success this season and will try to build on his form here.
Wiener Neustadt race 2
The Sunday race will play host to Challenger pilots clamouring for a spot in the season finale. Chiang, Ryfa and Vignes are all competing in both races, which could potentially give them a slight advantage as they have one more session in the track... but as they say, anything can happen in racing.
Melanie Astles will race on Sunday, and has already predicted her own fourth place finish finish, based on her placement in her three previous races. But the French pilot will be hoping to get back to her race-winning best. Being in Austria is perfect timing for the French pilot – last time she raced over land, she won!
Dario Costa has been pushing hard this year and is notoriously harsh on himself when he doesn't perform well in races. In Kazan he was disappointed to finish fifth, but if he focuses on his successes, there is every chance the Italian pilot could pick up some substantial points.
Poland's Luke Czepiela will be one pilots trying to forget his last race. He finished last in Kazan, but he still sits on top of the leaderboard, so knows he can win. This race could turn into battle between him and Ryfa.
The action kicks off tomorrow with Free Practice. Follow it all HERE.
* Florian Bergér was scheduled to race in the Challenger Cup Wiener Neustadt 1 but due to personal reasons has taken the decision to withdraw from this weekend's racing.