The third race of this year’s air racing World Championship will be staged in Rovinj, Croatia. The stop in Rovinj will replace Sochi, Russia, which unfortunately cannot be conducted due to financial and organizational challenges.
“It would have been great to host the first Red Bull Air Race in Russia this year, but due to the current situation with the international capital markets, our partners in Russia are facing extremely high exchange rates. This makes it impossible to set up an infrastructure fulfilling our high standards and also to provide our fans with tickets at affordable prices,” said Erich Wolf, General Manager, Red Bull Air Race.
“To secure a well-organized eight-race season, we have been forced to make a decision at this stage and believe this change was necessary. However, this gives us the chance to return to Croatia, where we had a spectacular race last year. Nevertheless we still hope to stage a race in Sochi in the future.”
The eight-stop 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship began in Abu Dhabi in February and is now preparing for the first ever stop in Chiba, Japan. After Rovinj, Croatia the remaining races will be held in Budapest, Hungary, (July 4/5), Ascot, United Kingdom (August 15/16), Spielberg, Austria (September 5/6), Fort Worth, Texas, USA (September 26/27), and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 17/18).
2015 Race Calendar:
Abu Dhabi, UAE (13/14 February)
Chiba, Japan (16/17 May)
Rovinj, Croatia (30/31 May)
Budapest, Hungary (4/5 July)
Ascot, United Kingdom (15/16 August)
Spielberg, Austria (5/6 September)
Fort Worth, Texas, United States (26/27 September)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (17/18 October)
World Championship Standings:
1. Bonhomme (12 points), 2. Hall (9), 3. McLeod (7), 4. Arch (5), 5. Lamb (4), 6. Muroya (3), 7. Besenyei (2), 8. Ivanoff (1), 9. Dolderer, 10. Sonka, 11. Le Vot, 12. Goulian, 13. Velarde, 14. Chambliss
For more information, please visit www.redbullairrace.com
THE RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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 talented pilots to work towards acquiring entry into the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.