The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season kicks off in Abu Dhabi, UAE on March 26 and 27. Pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons, flying at speeds reaching 230 mph while withstanding forces up to 12 Gs. Each race is a two-day competition with a Qualifying and Race Day where pilots compete one at a time for the fastest time through the track.
What’s new this year:
- The Big Apple: On June 19-20, 15 of the world’s best race pilots will compete in the fifth leg of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship tour over the Hudson River. This is the first time a race will take place in New York. Past stops in the USA have included San Diego, Calif. (pictured above), San Francisco, Calif, Detroit, Michigan and Monument Valley, Utah.
- Plane & Pilot: Given the differences within the 15-pilot roster in height and weight, the sport this year has instituted a new rule that requires a minimum weight for each plane making the field more even.
- New Faces: Two new pilots join the 2010 line-up: Adilson Kindlemann (Brazil) and Martin Sonka (Czech Republic).
- TeamChambliss.com: Just launched is the redesigned online hub for racer #4, Kirby Chambliss. The new site, TeamChambliss.com, will offer fans an interactive gateway into Kirby’s travels on the World Championship tour as well as the last news and information about his #4 race team.
For more information: RedBullAirRace.com