Brageot's Texas triumph

French pilot claims second win of the season

Brageot prepares to fly in Fort Worth

The French Challenger pilot grabs victory in the Challenger Cup, while Germany's Florian Berger celebrates his first ever podium finish.

"I'm really comfortable in these races over land where you have marks on the ground and other reference points to target in lining up for the Air Gates, although it's far from easy because there are obstacles that you don't have when flying over water," said Brageot. "I'm feeling really great heading toward the season finale, but it'll be a clean slate in Las Vegas, and the winner there will be the champion. The most important thing now is not to get over-confident just because I've won two races in row," he added.

The Challenger pilots set the scene for Race Day in Fort Worth today as they battled it out in the skies for those last precious points before the final Challenger Cup race in Las Vegas next month.

Chilean Air Force pilot Cristian Bolton and France's Mika Brageot had been swapping places on the timesheets throughout the Training sessions earlier in the week, with Czech pilot Petr Kopfstein hot on their heels and an ever-present Race Day threat.

But it was Petr Podlunsek who really set the pace in Fort Worth with a faultless performance and a competitive 1:07.822 on the clock. Brageot remained cool and collected as he put in a clean, smooth and error-free run, scrubbing off 0.208s from Podlunsek's time and grabbing a first place on the timesheets. A clash with Gate 8 resulted in a pylon hit for Kopfstein, effectively ending his podium hopes as he opted for a Safety Climb Out (SCO).

Bolton remained as the only pilot ready and able to take the Fort Worth crown from Brageot, but another run-in with Gate 8 brought the Challenger Cup battle to a swift and very conclusive end, with Brageot, Podlunsek and Berger grabbing the penultimate 2015 podium places. As a newcomer to the Challenger Cup class, Germany's Florian Berger will be celebrating his first ever podium finish at this first US stop.

The Fort Worth results bring Brageot, Kopfstein and Ryfa 28 points apiece and first, second and third place respectively in the overall standings.

Here are the official Fort Worth Challenger Cup results: