Overall leader Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic led his World Championship rivals Yoshihide Muroya of Japan and Pete McLeod of Canada for a flight over the final stop of the Red Bull Air Race season at the USA’s holy grail of motorsport. Flying Bulls helicopter pilot Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz joined the action. The 2017 finale kicks off with Qualifying this Saturday and climaxes with Race Day on Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS (USA) – As excitement builds toward the first Red Bull Air Race season finale ever held at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Šonka, Muroya and McLeod are locked in the title fight, with only seven points separating the top 3. The aerial view offered a special perspective on the infield of the historic oval, where the Wright Brothers flew in 1910 and this weekend raceplanes will speed at 370kph/230mph, pulling as much as 10 Gs. When the race plays out on Sunday, one of the three pilots will be crowned a first-time World Champion – unless the USA’s own Kirby Chambliss, the only other contender with enough points to challenge for the championship, can pull off an upset.

Multi-time Freestyle World Champion Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz, the chief helicopter pilot of the famed Flying Bulls, joined the raceplane pilots in his BO105 (the only helicopter capable of performing the same maneuvers as conventional planes) for a first look over the racetrack before he performs with the lineup of side acts this weekend.