Kevin Coleman saved his best for Race Day in Russia as he won the Challenger Cup race in spectacular fashion. The American pilot, who hasn't raced since Abu Dhabi back in February, was second into the track and set an unbeatable time of 58.316s.
2018 Challenger Class rookie, Patrick Davidson, claimed his first career podium finishing second, just 0.144s behind Coleman. This was only Davidson's third race and he was last in the track. He showed nerves of steel to stay calm and post his time of 58.460s.
Kenny Chiang, who won here last year, was the first pilot into the track and claimed the final place on the podium. In his post-race interview Chiang said he thought there was more he could've done, but it was better that he flew clean – that tactic paid off.
Melanie Astles missed out on her first podium of the year by just 0.016s. The French pilot will be feeling the frustration as that's her third fourth place finish of the season.
Dario Costa, the other 2018 entrant to the Challenger Class, collected a penalty for an incorrect level at Gate 4 and those two seconds saw him drop to fifth on the timesheet. Luke Czepiela made a similar mistake at Gate 3. Both pilots would've finished on the podium if they hadn't made that tiny mistake.
After the race Czepiela maintains top of the leaderboard, but Coleman has moved up to third after his win today. All the Challengers will now be focusing on the double header in Wiener Neustadt next month.
Kazan 2018 Challenger Cup results
Kazan 2018 Challenger Cup final result
Challenger Cup Standings