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The Red Bull Air Race World Series

Updated on April 6, 2013

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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

2001

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.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2004

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).

2005

First official ‘Red Bull Air Race World Series’ is launched.

Ten pilots compete in seven races around the globe:

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Budapest, Hungary

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Longleat, UK

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Zeltweg, Austria

San Francisco, USA

American Mike Mangold is crowned World Champion notching up a total of five first place finishes throughout the season.

2006

Eleven pilots compete in eight races:

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Barcelona, Spain

Berlin, Germany

Istanbul, Turkey

Budapest, Hungary

Longleat, UK

San Francisco, USA

Perth, Australia

American Kirby Chambliss wins the title after four first place finishes during the season.

2007

Thirteen pilots compete in ten races:

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monument Valley, USA

Istanbul, Turkey

Interlaken, Switzerland

London, UK

Budapest, Hungary

Porto, Portugal

San Diego, USA

Perth, Australia

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

SHOOTING THE PYLONS
SHOOTING THE PYLONS

RED BULL AIR RACE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING

Training,

Qualifying,

Point One,

Super Eights,

Semi Finals,

3rd Place Fly-off

The Final.

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

KNIFE EDGE THROUGH THE PYLONS
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

SMOKING THROUGH THE GATE
SMOKING THROUGH THE GATE

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      I have been watching for a couple of years now and find it to be the most exciting racing sport anywhere. Those dudes are nuts...nuts I tell ya.

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      Nara White Owl 9 years ago

      Thanks for this lens 1 I do like to see the race on T.V. Thanks for schedule.