Matt Hall, Yoshi Muroya, Martin Sonka. By the end of this weekend, one of these men will be the final Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
With the series approaching its last ever event in Chiba, Japan, this weekend, it is the last chance for Hall to win the championship title that has eluded him his entire career, and for Muroya and Sonka to add a second crown to their list of achievements.
It's a familiar place for Matt Hall; he has finished second in the championship three times and third once, but has never been able to lift the championship trophy despite having collected more points than any other pilot since 2014.
“This will be the fourth time I’ve been racing to be world champion and it feels a little more relaxed this time around to tell you the truth,” Hall said.
“I’m learning to deal with those emotions of fighting for a world championship, where you can’t control or worry about the what-ifs. You can only focus on yourself and do the best that you can.
"I’m in a good position, I’m four points off the lead, there are 28 points up for grabs this weekend and having won the last race, all we can do is what we do best, and we know we can do it.”
Hall's win over Lake Balaton in Hungary elevated him to second in the championship behind Sonka, with Muroya lurking only six points behind Hall. They are the only three that can take the title in this final, shortened season.
Chiba has been a happy hunting ground for Hall. In the four races held there since 2015, Hall has finished second once and won there last year, sensationally knocking out home-town hero Muroya in the Round of 14 when the Japanese pilot subjected his plane to an over-G chasing Hall's time.
The Australian knows that this year his team's reward for good performance is the ultimate prize at last.
"My whole race career has been about finishing on the top step, and now I am within reach of it one last time,” Hall said. “We can’t control the other guys, but we can get the best of ourselves, and our best is a race-winning team.”
The final Red Bull Air Race will begin with the knock-out Round of 14 at 3.00 pm AEST on Sunday. Should Hall win his heat, he will then progress to the Round of 8 at 5.00 pm AEST and then aim to go on to the Final 4.