Air Race Japan FAQs

The final ever Red Bull Air Race takes place in Chiba, Japan this weekend and Australia’s Matt Hall is right in the hunt for the world title…the last one that will ever be awarded.

Standing in Hall’s way is championship leader – and reigning world champion – Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic, who holds a four-point lead. Right behind the Aussie is the 2017 world champion and hometown hero in Japan, Yoshihide Muroya.

Come this weekend, one of these three pilots will be crowned world champion, unless the unlikelihood of all three being eliminated in the early stages of the race occurs. If that were to happen, Great Britain’s Ben Murphy or America’s Michael Goulian will be ready to pounce, both remaining mathematical chances of stealing the crown.

To see every scenario worked out, CLICK HERE.

When and where to watch:

  • QUALIFYING: Saturday September 7: 3pm local/4pm AEST
  • RACE: Sunday September 8: 2pm local/3pm AEST (Round of 14); 4pm local/5pm AEST (Round of 8 – Final 4)

Fans all around the world can tune into the event live stream for qualifying and race day at this link: Additionally, Aussie fans can catch the race day action LIVE on:

  • Kayo Sports.
  • Fox Sports Australia channel 257 (HD)/503 (SD) for the Round of 14.
  • Fox Sports Australia channel 259 (HD)/505 (SD) for Round of 8 through to Final 4.

The contenders:

Five pilots might be a mathematical chance at being world champion, but the three below are the ones to watch come race day.

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Full World Championship Standings

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The track:

The playground that will decide who lifts the end of season trophy.

What happened last time out:

Last time we were in Japan it was a triumph for Matt Hall Racing! Japan has been a happy hunting ground, let’s hope our luck stays the same for one final race.


The pilots:

Count the 14 talented pilots that will put on one last show. These guys fly fast, precisely and in a way that boggles the mind of the everyday pilot, let alone the every-day person!