Abu Dhabi hosts Red Bull Air Race World Championship opener for eighth time

Abu Dhabi hosts Red Bull Air Race World Championship opener for eighth time

03.02.2015: Motorsport - Red Bull Air Race - World Championship - 1st Tourstop - Abu Dhabi Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion




Motorsport - Red Bull Air Race - World Championship - 1st Tourstop - Abu Dhabi


 
Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion Nigel Lamb will have past champions Paul Bonhomme and Hannes Arch breathing down his neck in the 2015 season opener in Abu Dhabi that will play host to the race for the eighth time, making the UAE capital the city that has hosted the largest number of races.


Britain’s Nigel Lamb will have his work cut out for him when the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship kicks off in Abu Dhabi on February 13/14. The reigning world champion will be pushed to the limits by the 2008 world champion Hannes Arch (AUT), who finished second overall last year and the two-time world champion Paul Bonhomme (GBR), who won last year’s season opener in Abu Dhabi and was third overall in 2014.


In what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields in the history of the world’s fastest motorsports series, Lamb will also be trying to stay on top of the expanded roster of 14 pilots in the high-speed, low-altitude sport. There were five different winners in the eight races last season as the gaps between victory and defeat dwindled to their closest ever, just a mere thousands of a second separating some heats and nine of the 12 pilots made it onto the podium at least once.


Created in 2003, officially the World Championship of air racing since 2005, the Red Bull Air Race is followed by millions of fans worldwide. The fastest motorsport series in the world features 14 of the best race pilots in a pure motor-sport 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 air-filled pylons 25 meters high. New since 2014 is the Challenger Cup, a competition which enables young talented pilots to work towards acquiring entry into the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.



Torben Heide- photo Red Bull

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