Meet the Challengers: Ben Murphy

The Challenger flying the flag for Britain

Murphy in the Abu Dhabi track

Ben Murphy is one to watch in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class. Now in his second season, the Brit is hoping to kick on and make his mark on the Championship.

Murphy is a very experienced pilot, a former Team Leader of the prestigious RAF (Royal Air Force) Red Arrows he was responsible for more than 100 personnel and has logged more than 3,800 flying hours. Away from the Air Race he is also part of the aerobatic display team, The Blades.

He joined the Challenger Class in 2016 and impressed with a methodical approach to his flying in the series. In his six races he stood on the podium three times, including a second place in the Budapest race (held in Lausitz, due to bad weather), he only missed out on taking his first win by 1.376s.

The former fast jet pilot finished sixth over all in 2016, and being the tough competitor that he is, Murphy kept pushing himself through that season and threatened to come back in 2017 to challenge for the title.

Murphy has only competed in one race so far this season. He flew in Abu Dhabi and it showed how tough the competition was going to be for the Brit this year. He finished fourth but was quite off the pace compared to the race winners.
After the race Murphy said: "I'm a bit disappointed with my performance today, I was two seconds slower than yesterday. The raceplane felt sluggish in the track."

Murphy hasn't raced since Abu Dhabi so will be desperate to get back in the track and back on the podium and looking for that first win of his Red Bull Air Race career.

Murphy's next race will be in Budapest on the 01-02 July, you can get your hospitality tickets HERE!