Double delight for Chiang in Wiener Neustadt
After winning yesterday, Chiang became the first Challenger in the sport's history to win both races at a double-header weekend and moved himself from the bottom to the top of the Challenger Class Standings, knocking Luke Czepiela into second place. Daniel Ryfa, meanwhile, had a race he'll want to forget.
Chiang was first to fly and to give himself the best chance of winning, he knew he had to fly fast, smooth and clean. He did that, crossing the Finish Gate in 1:03.654.
Baptiste Vignes was second into the track and he was faster than his rival at the split time, but after the VTM was behind and just couldn't claw the time back. He finished 0.544s behind Chiang, but after all the pilots had flown, this was good enough to see him third and claim his second podium of the weekend.
New Challenger pilot Dario Costa was third into the track and was quicker than Chiang after the first split, but after he flew the VTM he lost a second in time and finished with a 1:05.816, which saw him finish fifth – a result he won't be happy with.
After the pilot change, Melanie Astles took to the sky and was smooth and clean, but could not improve on Chiang's time and finished fourth. That is Astles' fourth fourth-place finish of the season.
Luke Czepiela flew fifth and although he seemed to be getting the better of Chiang's time closing in on his rival, he ended his run 0.253s behind.
Challenger Cup title hopeful Daniel Ryfa flew clean, but was slow. After the first VTM the Swede was 1.4s behind Chiang and by the time he crossed the Finish Gate, he was 2.459s behind and finished sixth, collecting no points and denting his chances of claiming the title.
Chiang now leads the Challenger Class with 26 points with Luke Czepiela, also on 26 points, in second. Baptiste Vignes is now third overall and Daniel Ryfa has dropped to fourth.
The pilots will next be racing in Indianapolis on 05-06 October to try and claim their place in the final. Tickets are available, get yours HERE.