Blades Racing Team finish 13th in a challenging race in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

17th September 2018

Having shown the world their potential in Kazan, finishing 5th the Blades Racing Team were confident that they could push even more here in Austria.

The build up to the race weekend looked promising with good results in Free Practice and a clear game plan for the track which featured the first standing start of the season. Technical and electrical issues with the race plane proved a real challenge during Qualifying and limited the team to an 8th place finish which them against previous World Champion, Kirby Chambliss.

Rectifying all the issues with the plane overnight, the team headed into the Round of 14 knowing that they had the raw pace to compete with Chambliss and were on the hunt for the second win against the US pilot this season.


A great start as Murphy entered the track quickly got away from the Brit as he came out of the Vertical Turning Manoeuvre and was penalised for sinking in the next gate. More disappointment followed for the Blades as another penalty was given for an incorrect level, completely dashing the team’s chances of a fourth top eight finish of the season.

“We were looking for another race like Kazan and felt confident that we could achieve more. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gone our way this race, so we forget this one and keep moving forward. Overall we have had a great season and we will take that momentum into the last two races in the States.”

The Team now have 3 weeks to regroup ahead of the next race in Indianapolis to maintain their astounding entry into the Red Bull Air Race Master Class and remain on track for one of the best debut seasons to date.


  • Martin Sonka
  • Matt Hall
  • Yoshi Muroya
  • Mika Brageot
  • Petr Kopfstein
  • Nicolas Ivanoff
  • Pete McLeod
  • Kirby Chambliss
  • Matthias Dolderer
  • Francois Le Vot
  • Juan Velarde
  • Michael Goulian
  • Ben Murphy
  • Christian Bolton


About Red Bull Air Race

Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has held more than 80 races around the globe. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370 kmh while enduring forces of up to 12G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.

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