What it will take to become 2018 World Champion

A look at who could be crowned champion

One of these three will be champion

As we head to the final round of the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season we know two things for sure: there will be a new World Champion after Fort Worth and it will be pilot that has never been crowned a champion before. But what do these pilots need to do to finish on top on Sunday 18 November?

The final chase is between three pilots – Michael Goulian, Martin Sonka and Matt Hall. Goulian is currently in the driving seat, sitting on 70 points, five points ahead of second place Sonka, and seven points ahead of Hall. Goulian has never been in a title race before and won't be able to draw on previous experience to cope with the pressure.

Sonka and Hall have been contenders for the title before. Both pilots have achieved runner up status in the past; Sonka lost out in the final round of the 2017 season and Hall finished second in both 2015 and 2016. All three pilots have a chance to take the title in Fort Worth, but their individual success relies on a number of factors.
Here's what each pilot needs to do to be crowned the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Champion...

Michael Goulian
If Goulian wins the Fort Worth race or finishes second, no questions asked, he will be World Champion. If he finishes in any other position here's what needs to happen for Goulian to claim his first title.
If Goulian finishes:
3rd – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't take the race win
4th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 2nd, or Hall doesn't win
5th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 2nd, or Hall doesn't win
6th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 2nd, or Hall doesn't finish 1st
7th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 3rd, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 2nd
8th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 3rd, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 2nd
9th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 4th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 2nd
10th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 5th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 3rd
11-14th – he will be champion if Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 6th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 3rd

Martin Sonka
If Sonka wins in Fort Worth he will become the 2018 champion – as long as Goulian doesn't finish in second. It would certainly make for a nail biting Final 4. If Sonka finishes in any other position here's what needs to happen for him to claim his first title.
If Sonka finishes:
2nd – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st or 3rd, or Hall doesn't win
3rd – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 6th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 2nd
4th – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 8th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 2nd
5th – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 9th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 3rd
6th – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 10th, or Hall doesn't finish 1st – 3rd
7th – he can't be World Champion

Matt Hall
Hall has the most work to do and needs the other pilots' results to go his way. Even if he wins the Fort Worth race Hall needs Goulian to finish out of the top three. If he wins and Sonka finishes second, and Goulian fourth, Hall will be World Champion by one clear point. If Hall finishes in any other position on Race Day, here's what needs to happen for him to claim his first title:
If Hall finishes:
2nd – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 6th, or Sonka doesn't finish 1st
3rd – he will be champion if Goulian doesn't finish 1st – 9th, or Sonka doesn't finish 1st – 4th
4th – he can't become World Champion

Find out who becomes World Champion in Fort Worth when the Red Bull Air Race touches down for the last time this season on 17-18 November. Tickets are available – get yours HERE.