Poland’s Luke Czepiela won the 2018 Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup in Texas on Sunday, 18 November, in a thrilling race that saw race favourite Florian Bergér (DE) lose by a mere 0.052 seconds.
The Polish pilot won the day’s racing ahead of Bergér in the Challenger Cup – but the win meant both pilots scored 36 points overall for the season.
That led to a “count-back” in the results, which saw Bergér lose out.
Under the rules of the Red Bull Air Race a draw or count-back situation both pilots have their results compared.
In this case both pilots had two wins and two second-places over the course of the eight-date Red Bull Air Race in 2018. But Bergér, 29, who took time out in the middle of the season for family reasons, had only flown four races – leading to an automatic win for Czepiela. Kevin Coleman of the United States was third.