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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