Four races remain – four unique challenges

Four races left… so what’s in store in each location for the pilots?

Kazan is up next

The fifth race of the season is often seen as "make or break" for the pilots of the Red Bull Air Race. With four races left, can the leaders pull away, or will the hunting pack catch up? Only time will tell, but here's a useful lowdown on the remaining races.

Race five – Kazan 25-26 August

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returns to Russia this month for its second visit. Last year Kazan broke the record for the most pylon hits at a race – 67 in total. The technical track over the Kazanka River can change every day, as we learned last year when conditions were different for each flying session. This caused the pilots to have to rethink their lines each time they were out in the track. If the same happens this year, it could be anyone's race.

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Race six – Wiener Neustadt 15-16 September

If there's one race that could level the playing field, it's Wiener Neustadt. It's a completely new venue, so not one pilot has gained extra track time over their rival. Wiener Neustadt is also the first race of 2018 to be hosted over land. Some pilots prefer flying over land, whilst others favour water. It's a point of preference, but could be a game changer; flying over land is better for reference points, and there is a greater sensation of speed. Out of the five previous races in Austria, three pilots have claimed their first career win – could it be history in the making again in 2018?

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Race seven – Indianapolis 06-07 October

The home of US motorsport has always delivered epic encounters when it has hosted the Red Bull Air Race in the past. In 2016, Indy was the penultimate race of the season and where Matthias Dolderer claimed his World Championship title. In 2017, the season finale took place in Indy, when the fight for the title went all the way to the wire as Yoshihide Muroya and Martin Sonka battled it out all the way to the Final 4. This year the track is staying the same and the pilots will be ready to win. The famous brickyard will host another race to remember.

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Race eight – Fort Worth 17-18 November

Texas returns to the Red Bull Air Race calendar for the first time since 2015. It has twice hosted races, with Nicolas Ivanoff winning in 2014 and Paul Bonhomme victorious the following year on the way to his third title. This super-quick track can face turbulent weather conditions due to the vast openness of the surrounding area – nothing's big like Texas big! There is also the rule that the pilots have to fly vertical in one of the VTMs due to hotels either side of the circuit. This will be the Texas Motor Speedway's first time hosting the final race of the season, which could add pressure to those leading the championship...

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