Challengers Battling For The Final Trophy
This weekend the final Challenger Cup race will take place and six of the best pilots will be looking for that final race win. Out of the six pilots racing, four have won races and two have been crowned Challenger Cup Champions. Here is the lineup for Sunday’s finale…
With eight race wins and two titles to his name, Bergér has to be the favourite going into the Chiba race. The German pilot is fresh from the World Aerobatic Championships and ready to race. He has also won his two previous races this season, so he could be unstoppable. He also has the advantage of being one of three pilots that have flown in Chiba before.
Chiang has stated that Chiba feels almost like a home race for him, as it’s so close to his home and one where he isn’t jetlagged. Aside from Bergér he is the only pilot to compete in Chiba that has won a race this season. The pilot who flies under the flag of Hong Kong will be looking to add to his tally of four wins but he’s got stiff competition.
In his Challenger Class career, Coleman has won a race every season he's competed in, except this year. He has the advantage of racing in Chiba before and finished second, so he’ll want to build on that success. Since his last race in June he has been keeping G-fit with airshow flying, but he’ll be keen to test that fitness in the track.
The current Challenger Cup holder is the third pilot racing in Chiba that has previous experience of the location and finished third here in 2016. He hasn’t had the best season so far, but when the pressure is on, Czepiela performs, so the other pilots will be checking his lines to see if they spot anything that might help.
This will only be Wyprächtiger’s third race in his Challenger career and he is up against a tough pack, but the Swiss pilot will be competitive and a thorn in the side of the other, more experienced pilots.
In his Air Race career Vignes has collected four third place finishes and a second. He’ll be going all out for the win in Chiba. Since his last podium finish in Lake Balaton, Vignes has been busy flying in the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships and won gold as coach of the French Advanced team, so he’ll be looking to add to that tally of first places!
The Challengers will be flying in Free Practice today with Qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday, you can follow all the action right here!