11 Jul 2018

Helicopter World Cup 2018: Crews Battle for 3rd Stage Places

The finely-honed skills of the crews participating in the Helicopter World Cup 2018 were put to the test once again at the third stage, held at Zielona Gora’s Przylep airfield (POL) on 28-30th June.

The challenging technical event saw 19 crews from four different countries compete in Fender and Slalom races in two classes: General and Masters.

Crews from three countries won medals in the General class: Russia won two gold, Belarus gained a silver and two bronze and Poland: one silver. Brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski of Poland are now in the leading position after this third stage competition.

In the Masters class, Yablokov Yury and Podoinitsyn Konstantin of Russia remain in the lead.

The fourth and final stage of Helicopter World Cup 2018 will take place in Minsk, Belarus on the 26-29 July. All crews have a good chance to improve their rankings in both classes, and competition will be intense as crews compete to take the highest place on the podium.


The detailed results can be found at the bottom of the page, in the Documents section.


General class:

  1. Tupikov Sergei - Pintelin Aleksei (RUS)
  2. Buhayeu Uladzimir - Rogonov Andrei (BLR)
  3. Tsenter AlexanderStriyonock Vladimir (BLR)


Masters class:

  1. Yablokov Yury - Podoinitsyn Konstantin (RUS)
  2. Degtyar Viсtor - Vasiliev Petr (RUS)
  3. Sotnikov Maxim - Aleh Puajukas (RUS)



General class:

  1. Tupikov Sergei - Pintelin Aleksei (RUS)
  2. Szamborski Marcin - Szamborski Michal (POL)
  3. Buhayeu Uladzimir - Rogonov Andrei (BLR)


Masters class:

  1. Yablokov Yury - Podoinitsyn Konstantin (RUS)
  2. Tupikov Sergei - Pintelin Aleksei (RUS)
  3. Sotnikov Maxim - Aleh Puajukas (RUS)


The overall leaders after 3 stages (sum of the crew’s two best results in two disciplines in stages 1-3) are:

General class: Szamborski Marcin - Szamborski Michal (POL)

Masters class: Yablokov Yury - Podoinitsyn Konstantin (RUS)




  • 53rd Russian Open Helicopter Championship - World Cup 2018, 1st Stage - Konakova, RUS, 16-20 May 2018
  • 2018 Heli UK Expo Cup (Forming a leg in the World Helicopter Races Cup 2018) - Wycombe Air Park, GBR, 14-16 June 2018
  • 2018 Helicopter World Cup Stage 3 Poland - Pryzlet, POL, 27-30 June 2018
  • 4th stage of Helicopter World Cup - Minsk, BLR, 26-29 July 2018


Image credit: Waldemar Kanikowski