Mélanie Astles said, “I will mostly enjoy the tremendous opportunity of sharing my passion with the crowds. I can’t hide the fact that for me it’s a real dream to join the 2016 Challenger Cup, I’m really looking forward to that great challenge.”

Ben Murphy also spoke of his delight about joining the Red Bull Air Race, “I’ve been lucky enough to have done some amazing flying in my career so far, but the Red Bull Air Race remains the ultimate challenge for me. The precision, skill and teamwork needed to succeed in the Master Class is second to none, and the Challenger Cup competition will give me the chance to build the experience required to compete at that level.”

The new pilots will be making their debut at the Red bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on 11/12 March.

Don’t miss out: Ticketing for the 2016 season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is underway. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com