Florian Bergér seems to have one hand on the 2017 Challenger Cup championship trophy after taking his second win of the season in Budapest today.
Bergér smashed the track record, knocking almost two seconds off the time when he crossed the Finish Gate in 1:09.946 in testing conditions.
The wind had changed direction so the pilots had to adjust their lines and Bergér was the one able to adapt the most effectively – this was even despite a last-minute change of raceplane as Challenger 1 had technical issues.
Luke Czepiela of Poland was second, but he was still more than 3.5s behind the German pilot, who is the man to beat in this season's Challenger Cup.
Daniel Ryfa was a little bit perplexed after having to also change raceplanes and it seemed to put him off his focus. The Swedish pilot picked up a two second penalty for incorrect level flying, but still managed to do enough to get third and a place on the podium.
Baptiste Vignes was the best of the 2017 Challenger Class entrants, finishing fourth with a clean time of 1:15.048, Both Kenny Chiang and Daniel Genevey picked up four seconds worth of penalties for incorrect level flying. That was too much to see them compete for podium positions and they will be disappointed after their fantastic performances yesterday.
After three Challenger Class races so far, Flroian Bergér is the clear frontrunner on 28 points, but there's still all to play for, especially with the Kazan double header coming up in just a few weeks.
Budapest 2017 Challenger Cup results
Challenger Cup 2017 standings