Abu Dhabi to Host the Red Bull Air Race Season Opener

Abu Dhabi to Host the Red Bull Air Race Season OpenerIn February, the season opening round of the official Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) 2015 will be taking place again (as it did in 2014) over the Arabian Gulf at Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This extreme air race is set to take place Feb 13 – 14 (qualifying and race day respectively) and is sure to attract a crowd near the beachfront.

“The return of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship further underlines Abu Dhabi’s capacity to stage world-class sporting events,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Director, Events Bureau, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the RBAR World Championship’s local organizer.

Erich Wolf, CEO Red Bull Air Race GmbH said the RBAR World Championship brings the very best pilots in the world who will battle in the air for points leading towards the World Championship title. This is a series of races with the participation of 12 pilots at each race. The pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

Returning to the RBAR series will be defending World Champion Britain Paul Bonhomme, the most successful pilot in the history of the Red Bull Air Race, and Britain’s Nigel Lamb who won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Among other pilots, France’s Nicolas Ivanoff and Austrian pilot Hannes Arch will participate to the event. In addition, Canadian professional aerobatic pilot Pete McLeod, which is the youngest of the elite pilots, is believed to be a major contender with tremendous promise to put on an incredible show at Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi. All pilots set to return to the skies of Abu Dhabi are undoubtedly some of the most exciting, successful Red Bull pilots.

This kind of aerial show of midair extreme sports filled with adrenaline-rushing action gives fans unrivalled views of lightweight aerobatic plane flying sideways and passing in between the air gates. Pilots fly at the speed of up to 370 km/h between 25 meters high pylons The objective for the pilots is to navigate an aerial racetrack going through a specially designed course of inflatable ‘air gates’ that remain stationary in the water;  the plane has to pass through pylons with the wings vertical or horizontal. If hit by accident, the gates will instantly break apart without impacting the pilot or plane

In this pure motor-sport competition, the inflight session offers high-speed, low-altitude racing with the pilots taking their small, one-seated aircraft executing exhilarating daredevil displays. In fact, this international motorsport competition brings some of the best race pilots in the world who are judged based on their high-flying aerial action of speed, precision and skill as they go through a low-level inflight racetrack individually.

Abu Dhabi’s beachfront air race is sure to attract many sports enthusiasts. Many will enjoy taking  photos of the fast-moving airplanes as the pilots fiercely fly them through the obstacle course performing impressive aerodynamics within the rules set by the FAI Air Sport Commission. The winner will be determined by a combination of flight characteristics of the aircraft and individual skills and talent of the pilots themselves.

For the UAE round, the admission is free of charge. Spectators have access to follow the race (free standing only; no seating available) at the famous Corniche beachfront where there will be a purpose-built race village set to sell food and drinks; a giant screen will also be available. Those who prefer a seat can reserve theirs for € 39,00. To be in a privileged position with unique views of the race track, two exclusive hospitality areas are available: the Race Club and the exclusive Sky Lounge. Each can provide the best possible experience at the venue, but for a ticket price (via virginmegastore.me or other points of sale) from € 170, 00 to be at the club to € 660,00 to be at the lounge.

More details of the RBAR can be found at www.redbullairrace.com; otherwise, for further information on hospitality packages, send an email with your request to hospitality@redbullairrace.com.

Abu Dhabi to Host the Red Bull Air Race Season Opener

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