Abu Dhabi (UAE) — In the start to the 2017 Red Bull Air Race season, the Czech Republic’s Martin Sonka clinched his first race win since he joined the World Championship in 2010.
Rising winds that brought the racetrack alive Feb. 11 didn’t affect Sonka, whose time of 53.139 blew away his opponents by more than a second.
Spain’s Juan Velarde was content with his 54.166, which turned what was already Team Velarde’s first-ever appearance in the Final 4 into its first podium finish. Canada’s Pete McLeod continued the momentum he’d showed at the end of 2016 in taking third. [Read more…]
LAS VEGAS – In a wild and windy season finale, pilot Matthias Dolderer was crowned Germany’s first Red Bull Air Race World Champion in Las Vegas on Oct. 16, 2016.
Australia’s Matt Hall, the only pilot able to challenge Dolderer’s dominance in the final stages of the season, shared the champagne from the second step of the podium. Third place was confirmed for Austria’s Hannes Arch, the former winner whose dynamic season was cut short when he perished in a private helicopter accident in early September. [Read more…]
More than 62,000 fans witnessed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway transform into an airfield as Red Bull Air Race touched down at the iconic speedway for the first time.
German Pilot Matthais Dolderer won the debut Indy race, clinching his first World Championship in the process.
Englishman and 2014 World Champion Nigel Lamb finished second, and Canadian Pete McLeod earned the third spot on the coveted podium. [Read more…]
While he appreciated our coverage following SUN ‘n FUN of the first-ever Red Bull Air Race demo at a fly-in, Jeff Lee of LiveAirShowTV says he’s got something better: The official video that was shown on the Jumbotrons at the airshow. Check it out here to see Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian race through the air gates at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport. [Read more…]
Germany’s Matthias Dolderer beat the elements, the obstacles and 13 of the world’s best pilots to become the first German ever to win a Red Bull Air Race at the second stop of the 2016 season in Spielberg, Austria.
Despite gusts nearing 25 knots, Dolderer made the notoriously tricky track in Spielberg look easy and clocked a winning time of 56.996, with the crowd going wild for Austria’s own Hannes Arch less than four-tenths of a second behind him in in second place. The 2014 World Champion Nigel Lamb finished a strong third. [Read more…]
SPIELBERG, Austria — The second stop of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship marked a literal high point: At 677 meters above sea level, the famed Red Bull Ring claims the top elevation of the eight-race season.
Ahead of training at the state-of-the-art Formula One track, home-country hero Hannes Arch took Czech pilots Martin Šonka and Petr Kopfstein even higher with a personal tour of the mountains he calls home.
An added thrill: Joining the flight was the historic Chance Vought F4U-4 “Corsair” aircraft — one of only about 15 Corsairs left in the world — that’s part of the vintage fleet curated by The Flying Bulls organization at the Hangar-7 aircraft museum in Salzburg. [Read more…]
The season kickoff of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship turned expectations upside down, including the favorite finishing ninth and the bottom-ranked pilot earning his first-ever podium.
In the first race of the season, held March 11-12 in Abu Dhabi, Nicolas Ivanoff’s time of 58.550 was barely a tenth of a second faster than Matthias Dolderer of Germany in second place (58.660).
François Le Vot of France, who is beginning only his second season and was ranked 14th, captured his first career podium with 1:02.281 for third place. [Read more…]