Have you ever seen a professional surfer or snowboarder drop in on an intense line from an aircraft? Well, these pilots have gone pro just like the riders they carry. And the bad-boys of aviation are now honored in what’s known as the Red Bull Air Race. Established and accredited by the World Air Sports Federation, the race is widely recognized as one of the most exciting spectacles in motorsports.
Pilots from all over the world compete for Challenger Cup points and ultimately this high-octane show delivers some of the best performances you can find on earth! This year (2016) will include 14 aerobatic air display pilots proving that they have the skills to win the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class Super License. Those who achieve the license are able to qualify for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the Challenger Cup.
The format of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Race includes: free style practice, a qualifying session (best time wins), Round of 14 competitors in head-to-head heats, Round of 8 pilots and then the Final 4 contenders (best time wins).
Video of Epic Flying at the Red Bull Air Race
The format of the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup Race includes: Two practice sessions (before the competition), one practice session (on qualifying day), and then on race day, all Challenger Class pilots participate in at least three races – more are allowed but only the top three scores for each pilot will count towards their final score, and ultimately their overall ranking for the race.
Red Bull Air Race Standings
Here are the current standings of the Challenger Class:
1. Kevin Coleman, USA – 24 Points
2. Florian Berger, GERMANY – 16 Points
3. Daniel Ryfa SWEEDEN – 16 Points
4. Cristian Bolton, CHINA -14 Points
5. Luke Czepiela- POLAND- 8 Points
Master Class standings include:
1. Matthias Doldere, GERMANY – 30 Points
2. Kirby Chambliss, USA – 20 Points
3. Nicolas Ivanoff, FRANCE – 19 Points
4. Yoshihide Muroya, JAPAN – 18 Points
5. Hannes Arch, AUSTRIA- 17 Ppoints
Don’t miss the rest of the Red Bull Air Race! There’s still time to find out who the top 6 finalists will take part in the final event on the race calendar.
“We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history,” said Erich Wolf, general manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. “The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike!”
2016 Race Calendar:
• Budapest, Hungary: July 16-17
• Ascot, Great Britain: Aug. 13-14
• Lausitzring, Germany: Sept. 3-4
• Indianapolis: Oct. 1-2
• Las Vegas: Oct. 15-16