Following a three-year break, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is set to return with full force, promising fans and lovers of the fastest motor sport series in the world the most thrilling performances ever! The 8-Stop season will once again take off from the UAE capital.
Under the sponsorship of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA), the season opener of the Red Bull Air Race World Tour 2014 will take off in the Emirates’ capital on February 28 and run across March 1 at the Corniche Breakwater. The selection of Abu Dhabi as the first stop in the World Tour reinforces the city’s leading position on the world map and continues the success of the previous rounds it has hosted.
The previous World Tour for the fastest series in motorsports fired up on Friday 26th of March, 2010. It was an opening round like no other: the change of wind speeds and rise in temperatures added to the challenges presented by the city known for constantly taking hosting to new heights, which required serious calculations adjustments from the participating teams.
Eventually, British Paul Bonhomme rightfully clinched the title with great results in speed and low flying between pylons. The double World Champion will seek this year a third consecutive win, competing against 11 elite pilots from 9 different countries.
Armed with high spirits upon his return to Abu Dhabi, Bonhomme says: “I’ve missed the flying in Red Bull Air Race because the competitive racing is just fantastic for the pilots. We’re all going to start afresh now. I’m already thinking about how to advance, how to win or even just do well to start with. I’ve got a lot of experience to fall back on, which I’ll be using going into the next world championship.”
“Speed fans can expect a thrilling weekend at the end of the month”, said Alberto Chahoud, Area Communication Manager for Red Bull Middle East & Africa. “With a series of upgrades, Red Bull Air Race vows to take racing to higher levels”. Chahoud thanked the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority for their valuable contribution and support in hosting the event.
Abu Dhabi will be hosting the Red Bull Air Race for the 7th time, following six consecutive years until 2010. The 2014 season will witness a host of technical improvements on the tracks with sky-rocketing competition levels. 12 elite pilots will compete in the world’s fastest motorsports, showcasing unparalleled skills in speed, precision and talent, on board of the lightest and most agile planes ever used and flying at speeds of up to 370 km/h between 25 meters high pylons.
The season opener’s aerial action will take place over the Arabian Gulf’s sparkling blue waters, before moving on to Rovinj, Croatia for the first time on 12th and 13th of April, then to Putrajaya in Malaysia on the 17th and 18th of May. The Red Bull Air Race World Tour will then continue to Gdynia, overlooking the Balkan sea in Poland on the 26th and 27th of July, before moving on to the home of Europe’s premier horseracing event – Ascot in Great Britain on the 16th and 17th of August. The Tour will carry on in two new US locations, Fort Worth, Dallas on 6th and 7th of September and Las Vegas on 11th and 12th of October before heading to the Final Round in China on the 1st and 2nd of November.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the fastest motorsport series in the world. It features twelve of the world’s best race pilots in a pure motor-sport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 25 meters high at speeds of up to 370 km/h. Several rules and safety changes have been applied since the last World Championship took place three years ago, but one thing remains the same: Red Bull Air Race is the most thrilling motor sports competition in the sky.