Aerial Aces: Rising Stars

Part 3 of our Master Class recap

Rising star Yoshihide Muroya

Now we come to the Rising Stars of our Master Class recap. These are the guys making the difference, pushing the other pilots and challenging for those podium places. These are the guys to look out for:

Martin Sonka
Race Number: 8
Former Czech Air Force pilot Martin Sonka joined the World Championship in 2010 and has been on an upwards trajectory ever since. He claimed his first podium finish in the last race of 2014 and has moved it up a gear for this season. He has claimed a third and second place so far, which has seen him growing in confidence. His calm approach to racing should see him on top of the podium before long.

Matthias Dolderer
Race Number: 21
The German pilot has everything in his locker to become the World Champion; a great team, a smooth, flowing style of flying and a great raceplane. The only thing he needs to change is his mindset. He needs to believe in himself and there is no telling what he could achieve. He can rock up and post the fastest time of the week, but then collect penalties when it counts. Change this and he'll be a title challenger.

Nicolas Ivanoff
Race Number: 27
Ivanoff is one of the most experienced rising stars and can amaze rivals and fans alike with his flying style, which has seen him effortlessly win races. But when he is off his game he can collect penalties and post slow times. He has four race wins to his name already and if he can gain some consistency he'll find himself a lot higher up the rankings.

Yoshihide Muroya
Race Number: 31
Muroya has had a turbulent start to the 2015 season. The class of '09 graduate faced extra pressure at his first ever home race. He also took delivery of a new raceplane after the season had begun. The race at Ascot saw him on the podium for the second time in his career but Muroya was quick to point out that it wasn't a fluke and with his new aircraft, computing systems and analysis it's something that he believes will happen more frequently.

Pete McLeod
Race Number: 84
The youngest pilot in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has a flying style so aggressive that it can see him win races or lose out in the Round of 14. McLeod has a no-holds-barred approach and he will go on the attack in every run. Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn't. He hasn't enjoyed the 2015 season so far with only one podium finish. He already has one eye on the 2016 World Championship and will want to get back to winning ways.