The FAI at the heart of the "Red Bull Air Race 2017"
Losanne, Switzerland - The top three pilots on the podium: Yoshihide Muroya (1), Martin Sonka (2) and Pete McCleod (3)
The FAI, World Air Sports Federation, congratulates the winners of this season’s "Red Bull Air Race 2017". The Red Bull Air Race World Championship ended in superb style this year, with three winners celebrating long after the final week-end’s racing had finished in Indianapolis, USA. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya won the race in Indianapolis, 14-15 October 2017, and the overall title of Red Bull Air Race World Champion 2017. Battling poor conditions and wind in Indianapolis that saw many pilots clipping a pylon and adding time penalties, Muroya flew a fast, final round to seize the trophy. In the Challenger Class, Germany’s Florian Bergér won the overall Challenger Cup for the 2017 season. It was his second win in a row, having won the "Challenger Cup" in 2016 too. Also in the "Challenger Class", French pilot Melanie Astles became the first woman ever to win a race in the Red Bull Air Race. She scored the fastest time in Qualifying on the Saturday, and when the Challenger Cup race was cancelled due to bad weather on the Sunday, that meant she took the win. FAI President Frits Brink was on hand to award FAI medals to new "Red Bull Air Race World Champion" Yoshihide Muroya. He presented FAI medals to the top three pilots on the podium: Yoshihide Muroya (1), Martin Sonka (2) and Pete McCleod (3).
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