Sonka storms to emotional victory in Budapest

Czech pilot wins one of the best races the Hungarian capital has ever seen

Sonka wins in fine style

Martin Sonka showed that you should never count him out by taking a fantastic win in Budapest with a time of 57.502s. Mika Brageot was second, Matt Hall third and Michael Goulian fourth.

Brageot was the first pilot to fly into the track and set one of the quickest times of the day. His time of 57.849s looked like it would be enough to make the podium. When he returned to the Race Airport he had already discovered that he was on the podium and was visually emotional and unable to speak as he was so happy.

Sonka flew second and was in front of Brageot for all the split times. The Czech pilot has had a mixed season so far, but he now looks back to his 2017 best. Michael Goulian, who has been in every Final 4 this season, had his worst run in a long time, collecting seven seconds in penalties, including a pylon hit. Those mistakes saw him fourth – without those, his net time was fast enough that he would've won.

Hall was last to fly and would have loved to have made it three wins in a row, but he could not keep up with Sonka and could only post a 58.163s time, which was 0.661 off of Sonka's time and behind Brageot.

Matt Hall now leads the World Championship standings on 45 points, with Michael Goulian just two points behind and Martin Sonka in third on 34 points. Mika Brageot's incredible result has seen him move up to fourth.

Budapest 2018 Final 4 results

Budapest final results

World Championship Standings