Meet the Challengers: Francis Barros

Francis Barros is a very experienced pilot. He has more than 8,500 flying hours in his logbook and has been the Brazilian National Aerobatic Champion. However nothing could compare with his first Red Bull ir Race Challenger Cup experience.

"It was an amazing feeling to fly between the pylons for the first time," said Barros. "I'm really looking forward to flying the next race."

Now back in his native Brazil, Barros will spend as much time as possible between now and Chiba practising. "I've developed a training programme to help me adapt for the next race. It's not easy because I don't have any pylons, but I'm going to use my imagination!" explained Barros.

In Abu Dhabi, Barros was unfortunate to be given a DSQ (Disqualification) for low flying on Race Day, but up until that point he was really enjoying his flying. "It was an awesome experience. I just flew too low, the water was really calm on Race Day and I just dropped. But I learned a lot, I was really focused to fly as safe as possible. I was just imagining the perfect lines and angles to fly," said Barros.

With his first race completed, Barros has set out his goals for the rest of the season. "I'm not looking towards the top results," he said. "I'm just looking to learn how to fly a good race.

"The Challenger Cup is a training programme to develop and learn how to race. My main task right now is to learn from my mistakes and fix them. I also want to learn how to save seconds and get the right angle. I'm not expecting much, but I'm also expecting everything because it's in my training. I want to win," Barros added.

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