Ryfa roars to Lausitz triumph

In one of the most tense races in Challenger history, Daniel Ryfa takes the win

Ryfa races to win

The Challenger pilots had everything to fight for in Lausitz if they wanted to ensure their place in the season finale.

Daniel Ryfa flew one of his fastest times of the week to take the win with a lightning quick run of 59.931s. His great friend and rival Florian Bergér was closest to Ryfa and was only 0.013s behind the Swedish pilot.

Luke Czepiela was first to fly as he was bottom of Qualifying due to his DQ, and set a time of 1:01.590 , which although wasn't quick was enough to see him take the third step on the podium – this means the final will be a close run thing as only six points separate the top three.

Melanie Astles will be kicking herself as she became only the second pilot this week to hit a pylon. This three second penalty saw her finish fifth, but that was all she needed to claim her berth in the Final.

Daniel Genevey also picked up penalties and set a time of 1:08.132, this meant Ben Murphy still had a lot to do to guarantee his place in the final, the British pilot needed to finish fourth or above. He was looking good for a possible podium finish, but at Gate 10 he was penalised for incorrect level, which meant the pressure was on. Murphy crossed the Finish Gate in 1:03.249, which saw him in fourth place, but only by 0.145s. It was later proved that Genevey exceeded the G-limit in his run, so he was given a DNF in the final standings.

This result means the final six heading to Indianapolis will be Florian Bergér, Daniel Ryfa, Kevin Coleman, Luke Czepiela, Ben Murphy and Melanie Astles.

Challenger Cup Results

Challenger Cup overall Standings