Sensational Sonka makes it three wins in a row

Hat-trick hero Martin Sonka leads the World Championship after winning in Wiener Neustadt

Czech pilot took the win in Austria

Martin Sonka won the sixth round in epic style beating Yoshihide Muroya's time by just 0.036s and in doing so, became the first pilot to win three races in a row since Hannes Arch in 2010.

This was one of the closest finishes to an Air Race ever with all four pilots finishing withing 0.8s of each other. Muroya flew first in the Final 4 and set a fantastic time of 59.324s – the fastest of the day up until that point. When Sonka entered the track it looked like Muroya had done enough for the win. Sonka was behind Muroya's time at the split times, but they were shrinking with every advance, and when Sonka passed through the Finish Gate he had clawed the time back and pushed his Japanese rival into second place.

Mika Brageot, in only his second Final 4 appearance, flew cleanly and smooth, but wasn't able to top the more experienced pilots. His time of 1:00.088, although penalty free, saw him finish fourth in the Final 4. This was the first time this season that all four pilots in the last round didn't pick up any penalties.

Last into the track was Matt Hall. He was behind Sonka in the split times, but was gaining at the halfway point where he was just 0.021s behind Sonka and was looking to catch the Czech pilot. But he was unable to, and crossed the finish line just 0.083s behind the leader, which saw him finish third.

This result sees both Martin Sonka and Matt Hall leapfrog over Michael Goulian with Sonka on top of the standings on 64 points and Hall six points behind on 58. Goulian now finds himself nine points off the leadership.

With two races left, both in the United States, it's going to be an exciting climax to the 2018 season.

Wiener Neustadt 2018 Master Class Final 4 results


Wiener Neustadt 2018 Master Class final result


Master Class overall standings