Lukasz in the sky with trophies

Łukasz Czepiela triumphed in the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, winning the coveted Challenger Cup. He bettered Germany’s Florian Berger by 1.42 seconds in the final round. Czepiela advanced to the first place in the general ranking, drawing with Berger. It was the Pole's first win this season and third in his whole career in the most prestigious air racing cycle.

"I couldn’t believe that I managed to achieve such a good time. I approached the race relaxed, calm and I enjoyed my flight. My tactic was to fly economically -- I tried to avoid unnecessary movements of the yoke, which cause a lot of resistance and slow the plane down. I made very slow turns and it paid off. What makes me even happier, is that Florian Berger and I flew one of the slowest planes we had at our disposal and we still came first and second. It shows we had a good weekend,” commented Łukasz Czepiela after the race.

The Polish pilot has four more Red Bull Air Races ahead of him this year: August 25th-26th, in Kazan, Russia; September 15th-16th, in Wiener Neustadt, Austria; and October 6th-7th, in Indianapolis, United States. The location for the last one in November remains undecided. With luck, he might be the first Pole ever to win the prestigious cycle.