Yoshihide Muroya flew a scorching time in the Final 4 of the San Diego race to pick up the second win of his Red Bull Air Race career. The race was full of surprises but the biggest was Peter Podlunsek claiming his first podium finish of his career in second place.
Muroya was first to fly in the Final 4 and posted a blistering time of 58.529s, which was always going to be hard to beat. His smoothness and focus paid off.
Matthias Dolderer was second out of the blocks and was setting faster spilt times, but at Gate 14 he tried to take a too tight angle and clipped the left pylon giving him a three second penalty. Although it put him out of the running, it was enough to see him claim third on the podium.
Third into the track was American Kirby Chambliss. With the fans lining San Diego Bay to cheer on their pilot Chambliss wanted to perform. At the first split he was just 0.001s behind Muroya, but on his second lap he flew too high through Gate 10 and was penalised with two seconds, putting an end to his chance of a race win.
Last into the track was Peter Podlunsek. He must've been feeling the tension entering the Final 4 for the first time in his Red Bull Air Race career. He entered the track and flew smoothly, cleanly and most importantly, quickly. He couldn't quite get ahead of Muroya but due to flying penalty free was quick enough to take the second spot in the race.
With two races completed, we have seen six different pilots standing on the podium. The 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship is wide open.
San Diego 2017 Master Class Final 4 results
San Diego 2017 Master Class final result
Red Bull Air Race World Championship standings