During a race do the pilots adjust their throttle settings to control speed, or do they leave the throttle wide open the entire time?


The only reference I could find is here (watch the video too):

Pilots keep throttle on full for racing.

It is a race. Only the fastest one wins.

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    $\begingroup$ "It is a race. Only the fastest one wins." That's a non-explanation. Car racing is also a race in which only the fastest one wins but there, you don't have your foot to the floor the whole time. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Mar 18 '15 at 8:41
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    $\begingroup$ Being the fastest is not enough. There are rules limiting load factor (and thus turn radius) and entry speed. Pilots may need to slow down to avoid penalties. $\endgroup$ – Manu H Mar 18 '15 at 9:46

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