Yoshihide Muroya’s record-breaking performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 14-15 October meant Japan was crowned the winner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017. After facing elimination in his opening heat, Muroya flew a new track record of 1:03.026. Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic took second place overall, with Canada’s Pete McLeod placing third. All three pilots were taking their place on the podium for the first time. “It was the tightest championship ever, with the four of us close right up until the end,” declared Muroya. “We were behind at the start of the season, so it was the long way and the hard way, but we made it.” During the final race weekend in Indianapolis, the pilots made their way through 1100 US gallons (4158 litres) of fuel, which was used across four track introduction flights, seven sessions of flying involving 16 aircraft and the fly-out of 13 planes! During the three-day event 129 instances of refuelling took place. Air BP was honoured to be the official Fuel and Carbon Reduction partner for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017.