The 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship has been one of the most exciting seasons so far. We've seen the closest finish to a race ever, eight pilots have made it into the Final 4, with six standing on the podium, and it's only halfway through. So, how is the championship shaping up?
Looking at the standings, there are three front-runners; Paul Bonhomme, Hannes Arch, and Matt Hall. All three separated by only five points. But you can't count anyone out.
The four races remaining will be familiar to the majority of the pilots as they were all on the 2014 calendar. If we take the scores from last season, it makes for very interesting reading. Paul Bonhomme will win the title with 56 points, Nigel Lamb will rise up to second with 49 points, and Hannes Arch and Matt Hall would finish joint third (Arch will take third due to his two race wins) with 40 points.
Ask any pilot though and they'll tell you last year was last year and it counts for nothing. With four races remaining every pilot has the potential to gain 48 extra points, so there's everything to fight for.
Paul Bonhomme is currently in the driving seat, five points clear at the top. He'll be looking to keep the top spot and has the advantage going into Ascot. He won there last year, it's the same track, and he's only been off the podium once this season. So he might be able to extend his lead.
Hannes Arch is on top form at the moment and will not want to think about what happened at Ascot last year. The Austrian will be looking to achieve his third win in a row at the UK round, but he knows how to deal with pressure, and won't let it put him off his racing.
The entire racing world (apart from his rivals) wants to see Matt Hall get his first career win. He has been on top form this season and been pipped to the post each time. Everyone will be flying faster in the cooler climate, and the familiar track could help him gain that momentum to his first win and that championship title.
The pack behind the three leaders consists of Martin Sonka, Pete McLeod, Nigel Lamb and Matthias Dolderer could all take the Championship if they can start winning races and other results go their way, any one of them could take the title, but it's a long shot.
What ever happens from here on it begins at Ascot. Tickets are still available, can you afford to miss it?