As soon as Kevin Coleman entered the Challenger Class last year he showed his potential and muscled his way into the top of the leader board.
He finished second in his first ever race in the championship and followed that up with two more second place finishes in his next two races. Coleman then went on to win his first race at Ascot in 2016. After his win Coleman said: "Finally! I have a friend back home that keeps telling me that I'll always be the bridesmaid, well not today. After three second places, I've taken the win. I struggled in Free Practice, but we have really great coaches in the Challenger Class and they worked with me, showed me where I could be more aggressive and I went out there and won."
Coleman finished third in the 2016 Challenger Cup, an impressive result in a debut season. Coleman is the youngest competitor currently in the sport and has a lot of support from the Master Class pilots. Due to his air show and aerobatic past he has known Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian for many years and can often be found talking to the two experienced pilots and learning as much as possible. Coleman always expresses his gratitude from being able to learn from these two legends of the Air Race.
This season hasn't gone as well for Coleman as he would've hoped – so far. In Abu Dhabi he finished fifth and was well off the pace and finished more than four seconds behind the winner.
At Round Two in San Diego, it seemed as if Coleman was going to be far behind, but he worked hard and was back on the podium where he feels he belongs. "It was good in the track. I'm glad I've got the monkey off my back of flying well in the US, and now I'm looking forward to the next race," Coleman said after the race.
Coleman has two goals in the Red Bull Air Race, the first is to be Challenger Cup Champion and the second is to get into the Master Class, he has the tenacity, time will tell...
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