Vito And The Furious Seven

One new pilot will take on seven Challengers in two races

Vito Wyprächtiger will make his Air Race debut this weekend and he'll be going up against seven experienced pilots. Here’s how he’s feeling and what he’s up against…

Wyprächtiger is flying in both races of the double header. It will be the first race of his career in the Challenger Cup (he was part of Hannes Arch’s World Championship winning team in 2008), and he’s excited to get in the track. “I’ve flown a full track before at the training camp, but I’m very excited to fly here, the track looks fast, but for me I’m not going for the fastest time, I’m going to be safe,” he said. 

Wyprächtiger’s race rivals…

Melanie Astles: Race 1 and 2
Astles started her season well with a second place finish in Abu Dhabi, and away from Air Race she has been flying exceptionally well in the world of aerobatics, finishing second in the French Championships. She will be keen to get on that first step on the podium. Astles is racing on Saturday and Sunday, so has a good chance of finishing the weekend with a win. 

Dario Costa: Race 1 and 2
Costa is another pilot who hasn’t flown since Abu Dhabi and he was disappointed with himself after that race. He felt he should have done better than fifth. He is one of the most determined pilots in the series. If he can keep a cool head, he’ll do well. 

Luke Czepiela: Race 1
The current Challenger Cup Champion had a terrible race in Abu Dhabi and will want to get back on that top spot. He’s only racing on Saturday and thrives best under pressure, so this could be a good weekend for the Polish pilot. 

Patrick Davidson: Race 1
Davidson flew twice in Kazan and finished sixth and second, so his form is improving and with this race being less than a month since his last, he’ll be ready to take his first win.

Daniel Ryfa: Race 1 and 2
Ryfa has more race wins than anybody else competing this weekend. He has seven wins to his name and will be looking for two more so he can overtake his great friend and rival Florian Bergér. If anyone can take both wins, it’s Ryfa. 

Patrick Strasser: Race 2
Strasser flew both races in Kazan, having debuted in the Challenger Cup this year. He flew well and clean, but was unable to topple the more experienced pilots. Will he be able to get on the podium in his final race of the season? There’s no reason he can’t.

Baptiste Vignes: Race 2
Vignes just missed out on the podium in Kazan and will be keen to get back in the track and on the podium. He is only racing on the Sunday, but the French pilot knows what he needs to do and is more than capable of achieving it. 

The pilots have their first race on Saturday taking place at 14:45 local time. You can follow all the action right here on our website. 

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