Kopfstein takes first ever Challenger Cup win in Spielberg

Czech pilot Petr Kopfstein builds on training success to take inaugural title

Petr Kopfstein is the first ever Challenger Cup winner!

Petr Kopfstein of the Czech Republic won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship's Challenger Cup competition on Saturday with an exciting victory in a winner-take-all season final showdown in Spielberg, Austria with Malaysia's Halim Othman taking second place and France's Mikael Brageot finishing third.


Kopfstein was cheered on by a crowd of 15,000 spectators on a brilliant day for flying, posting a title-winning time of 1:05.799 on the track set up in the infield of the Red Bull Ring in front of one of the largest crowds for a Challenger Cup competition seen this year.

"Everything went as planned and It feels great to win," said Kopfstein. "I went smooth and as fast as possible but also safe. I tried to be smooth and stay away from the trees. I tried to keep the energy up. That's the most important thing up there because of the challenge of the elevation change."

Othman stopped the clock in 1:06.900 to win second place in the competition, which was held a day before the season finale of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship's master class on Sunday, and Brageot had a time of 1:08.112 to take third place.

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