Pete McLeod started the season in great form, claiming a podium at the opening race
McLeod couldn't keep the momentum and although he always looked like making the Final 4, he only achieved it once more
Matthias Dolderer stepped on to the podium in Chiba, claiming a well-earned third
The German pilot is popular with fans worldwide and always has time for them
At the season finale, Dolderer claimed another podium, which put him fifth in the World Championship standings – his highest finish
Yoshihide Muroya collected a new raceplane in Chiba and started improving straight away...
In a blustery Ascot he claimed his first podium of the season
And repeated the performance in Fort Worth, another pilot to record his best career finish
The pilot to go top of the class has to be Matt Hall
His season started brilliantly with a second place in Abu Dhabi, only 0.084s behind Paul Bonhomme
Always methodical, Hall kept his cool throughout the entire season, even when the pressure was on
His approach paid off in Spielberg when he claimed his first career win. He missed out on the World Championship by just five points!
The 2009 season saw Pete McLeod, Matthias Dolderer, Yoshihide Muroya and Matt Hall join the ranks of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship as Master Class pilots. This year all four pilots pushed themselves and made a huge impact to the title.
It was a breakout season for the pilots, and will make 2016 remarkable. Between the four pilots they made the podium 12 times and Matt Hall won two races. Hall's efforts saw him only moments away from becoming the World Champion. We look at the season all four have had...