Plane & Pilot
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Red Bull Air Race Returns In 2014


Reigning champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain, who won the last two world championships in 2009 and 2010, will be looking for an unprecedented third straight title in 2014. But he will be up against 2008 champion Hannes Arch of Austria and American Kirby Chambliss, who won the world title in 2004 and 2006. The rest of the pilots in the field include: Nigel Lamb (GBR), Matt Hall (AUS), Peter Besenyei (HUN), Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), Michael Goulian (USA), Matthias Dolderer (GER), Yoshi Muroya (JPN), Pete McLeod (CAN) and Martin Sonka (CZE).

"We like doing things no one expects. I think the thing that will be so appealing to motorsports fans and gearheads is that this is a real competition," said Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway. "Red Bull Air Race is truly a head-to-head, nose-to-nose competition on the clock, where these pilots are running through the Air Gates to see who can turn in the best time."

"We tend to draw people who love high-performance vehicles, and certainly these airplanes are high-performance vehicles," Said Chris Powell, President and General Manager, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Yes, it's a bit of a new wrinkle for us at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to be staging air racing, but fans who love performance are very much going to love watching these planes race."

The 2014 Race Calendar
1. Abu Dhabi, UAE Feb. 28 – March 1
2. Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya, MAS May 17 - 18
3. Gdynia, POL July 26 - 27
4. Ascot, GBR August 16 -17
5. Dallas /Fort Worth, USA September 6 - 7
6. Las Vegas, USA October 11 - 12
7. Kunshan, CHN November 1 - 2

About The Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of airfilled pylons 80 feet high. There are several rules and safety changes compared to the last race three years ago, but one thing remains the same: The Red Bull Air Race is the most thrilling motorsports competition in the sky. More info at www.redbullairrace.com.



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