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The Red Bull Air Race World Series
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Welcome to the Red Bull Air Race where pilots will experience 10 g's of force. The Red Bull air race world series is constantly changing. Now in the beginning its 5th season, this event is going to be even more exciting and challenging than previous years.
The Red Bull Air Race World Series was conceived in 2001 and for two years Hungarian pilot Peter Besenyei worked with Red Bull's sports think tank before its final conception.
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RED BULL AIR RACE HISTORY
Idea for the Red Bull Air Race is conceived. Two years spent planning and developing. Peter Besenyei a Hungarian pilot works with Red Bull Air Race team to develop concept.
Development of first ‘Air Gate’ prototype begins. Air-filled inflatable pylons of special material are designed which will be the obstacles that the pilots must fly between. The Red Bull Air Race team start working on the rules of the new sport. Peter Besenyei speaks to fellow pilots about the concept of the race. "I didn't have to say much to convince them - they were immediately enthusiastic", says Besenyei.
Besenyei successfully completes first test flight through the Air Gates.
First Red Bull Air Race is introduced at the AirPower show in Zeltweg, Austria in June.
A second Red Bull Air Race is organized at Tkl Airport near Budapest, Hungary in August.
New cone-shaped pylon design is completed for the Air Gates.
Three Red Bull Air Races take place in Kemble (UK), Budapest (Hungary) and Reno (USA).
First official ‘Red Bull Air Race World Series’ is launched.
Ten pilots compete in seven races around the globe:
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Rock of Cashel, Ireland
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
San Francisco, USA
American Mike Mangold is crowned World Champion notching up a total of five first place finishes throughout the season.
Eleven pilots compete in eight races:
Abu Dhabi, UAE
San Francisco, USA
American Kirby Chambliss wins the title after four first place finishes during the season.
Thirteen pilots compete in ten races:
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Monument Valley, USA
San Diego, USA
Four million spectators turn out to watch the races worldwide. After a close battle throughout the season between Mangold and Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, Mangold reclaims the World Series title.
SHOOTING THE PYLONS
RED BULL AIR RACE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING
3rd Place Fly-off
There will be some changes for the 2008 series. First the great news is that the format of previous years will still remain in place for the Semi Finals, 3rd Place Fly-Off and Final. What has changed is - the new race format will include all the elements to ensure nail-biting, non-stop action. Safety is paramount in the Red Bull Air Race and pilots will now only fly a maximum of three times each day. This will eliminate the danger that has been seen because of pilot fatigue. The great part of this change will be that spectators will now get to see all the pilots perform on race day.
RED BULL A RACE OF SPEED AND SKILL
The Red Bull Air Race World Series features the world’s best pilots in a motor sports competition based on speed, precision and skill.
Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial race track made up of air-filled pylons, reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour while withstanding forces of up to 10 Gs.
Touching down in ten cities worldwide in 2008, each Red Bull Air Race is unique. From the heart of the city to the open countryside, over land or water, a Red Bull Air Race can take place almost anywhere. Spectacular backdrops and jaw-dropping action guarantee that spectators experience one of the most innovative and exciting new sports competitions around today.
KNIFE EDGE THROUGH THE PYLONS
THE RED BULL AIR GATE
The Red Bull air race course is set up using inflatable pylons or "Air Gates". These gates make the course look extremely dangerous, yet after extensive testing they have proven to be extremely safe. The pylons were tested using a car with wings attached and tested more than 60 times at the speed reached by the aircraft. Last year I got to see a pylon actually struck by a plane and it just came apart doing very little damage to the plane that landed safely.
2008 RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Twelve pilots will compete in ten races.
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates april 10th and 11th
San Diego California may - 3rd and 4th
Detroit Michigan - May 31st and June 1st
Stockholm Sweden - July 5th and 6th
Rotterdam - Netherlands - July 19th 20th
London England - August 2nd and 3rd
Budapest Hungary - August 19th and 20th
Porto Portugal - September 6th and 7th
Spain - to be confirmed - September 27th and 28th
Perth Australia - November 1st and 2nd
SMOKING THROUGH THE GATE
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