After winning seven Unlimited National Championship Air Racing titles in the past eight years — an engine problem put him out of contention in 2015 — Steve Hinton Jr’s neardominance of the series was thwarted this year when ex-US Navy fighter pilot James Consalvi took advantage of lapped traffic to slip past him on the last lap of the 2017 Reno National Championship Unlimited Gold Race on 17 September.

Consalvi, who claimed pole position for this year’s event at 481.340mph, took victory in Bill ‘Tiger’ Destefani’s P-51D Mustang Strega with an average speed of 481.349mph. Hinton finished second in P-51D Voodoo at a 480.744mph average. Hinton won his first four championships in Strega before being invited to fly Voodoo when Destefani temporarily retired his Mustang in 2013.

James Consalvi taking Strega to victory in the closely fought Unlimited Gold Race at Reno on 17 September.