Czepiela conquers Challenger Cup in Budapest

The Polish pilot put on a perfect performance to take the win

Czepiela takes the win!

Luke Czepiela put in an unstoppable performance in the Challenger Cup race today and set a track record that was close to two seconds faster than any other pervious flight.

Czepiela set a time of 1:01.968 and flew, as he said, "in Bonhomme style," meaning he put very few inputs into the raceplane, causing smooth, faster flying which creates a lot less drag. Current Champion Florian Bergér was closest to the Polish pilot, but even the two-time World Champion could only post a 1:03.396, 1.428s behind Czepiela.

Daniel Genevey finished third, claiming his first career podium in the Challenger Cup. Genevey flies under the Hungarian flag, so to land on the podium in his home race will give him a huge boost for the rest of the season.

Melanie Astles flew cleanly but could only finish fourth. She was 1.952s off the pace and her fellow countryman Baptiste Vignes was fifth with a 1:03.999 run.

Kenny Chiang, in his first race since Porto last year, probably felt the pressure and in an attempt to fly well exceeded the start speed limit. He over-G'd giving him three seconds of penalties and placing him sixth.

With the third race of the season completed, Luke Czepiela is now sitting at the top of the standings with 18 points. Bergér is also on 18 points, and in second, Daniel Ryfa, who didn't race here is in third on 12 points. Baptiste Vignes is in fourth.

Next up for the Challengers is their fourth race of the season taking place in Kazan on 25-26 August.

Budapest 2018 Challenger Cup results

Challenger Cup overall standings