What will it take to win the World Championship?

There’s just a single race left before the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion is crowned. Find out which pilots are still in the hunt, and what results will give one of them the season trophy

The World Championship Trophy

After seven intense races in seven countries, Martin Sonka, Yoshihide Muroya, Pete McLeod and Kirby Chambliss remain in the running for the 2017 title. Here's how the possibilities shape up for the Red Bull Air Race season finale at the holy grail of motorsport, the USA's Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

(To know: If there's a tie in the points, the World Championship is decided on race results. The pilot with the most 2017 race wins gets the title; or if both have the same number of wins, the trophy goes to the pilot with the most second-place results, and so on.)

Martin Sonka
(Currently 63 points with 2 wins, 2 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth, 1 ninth)

At the top of the standings, Sonka is the man to beat. He could – on paper, anyway – wear the crown even if he finishes last at Indianapolis. But his opponents aren't likely to give him that much help!
 Sonka will be World Champion if...

Position PointsWorld Champion if...
Win 78No ifs about it, the title is Sonka's
2nd75Sonka is also a lock with second place
3rd72Muroya doesn't win
4th70Muroya finishes third or lower, McLeod doesn't win
5th69Muroya finishes third or lower, McLeod doesn't win
6th68Muroya finishes fourth or lower, McLeod doesn't win
7th67Muroya finishes fourth or lower, McLeod third or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
8th66Muroya finishes fifth or lower, McLeod third or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
9th65Muroya finishes sixth or lower, McLeod third or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
10th64Muroya finishes seventh or lower, McLeod fourth or lower, Chambliss third or lower
11th-14th63Muroya finishes eighth or lower, McLeod fourth or lower, Chambliss third or lower

Yoshi Muroya
(Currently 59 points with 3 wins, 1 third, 1 sixth, 2 thirteenths)
The only pilot with three wins so far this season, Muroya is in a strong position only four points behind Šonka. But if he finishes lower than 7th place at the speedway, his chance for the championship is gone. 


Position PointsWorld Champion if...
Win 74Sonka finishes third or lower
2nd71Sonka finishes fourth or lower
3rd68Sonka finishes sixth or lower, McLeod doesn't win
4th66Sonka finishes eighth or lower, McLeod third or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
5th65Sonka finishes ninth or lower, McLeod third or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
6th64Sonka finishes 10th or lower, McLeod fourth or lower, Chambliss doesn't win
7th63Sonka finishes 11th or lower, McLeod fourth or lower, Chambliss third or lower

Pete McLeod
(Currently 56 points with 0 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, 1 fifth, 1 seventh, 1 tenth)
McLeod has been on the podium four times in 2017, more than any previous season in his career. To take the title for Canada, he must add one more race podium to that tally... and get a little help from his rivals.

Position PointsWorld Champion if...
Win 71Sonka finishes fourth or lower, Muroya third or lower
2nd68Sonka finishes seventh or lower, Muroya fourth or lower
3rd65Sonka finishes 10th or lower, Muroya sixth or lower, Chambliss doesn't win

Kirby Chambliss
(Currently 52 points with 2 wins, 2 fourths, 1 sixth, 1 eighth, 1 eleventh)

The odds are against the two-time titleholder, but another World Championship could still be on the cards if Chambliss finishes first or second and Lady Luck does the rest. 


Position PointsWorld Champion if...
Win 67Sonka finishes eighth or lower, Muroya fourth or lower, McLeod third or lower
2nd64Sonka finishes 11th or lower, Muroya seventh or lower, McLeod fourth or lower

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