Perfect weather greeted German pilot Matthias Dolderer as he arrived for his home Red Bull Air Race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz this weekend on 3-4 September. Along with fellow Master Class pilots Kirby Chambliss of the USA, and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff, the current standings leader took a flight of the area ahead of the racing action.
The Red Bull Air Race returns to the motor racing track after a debut back in 2010, where the season final took place.
Among the sights they discovered in eastern Germany's Lusatian Lake District was the largest lake in the chain, the glittering Senftenberger See, which is symbolic of a proud dual heritage. Since 1844, the Lusatian region has been home to mining of lignite coal, which for years was a vital source of energy for Germany as well as jobs for the local population.
The EuroSpeedway Lausitz is the continent's only oval super speedway and was built on the site of a coal mine. With three races to go in the season, Dolderer is at the head of the World Championship standings. He's counting on the fans at the EuroSpeedway to help take him one step closer to the title by cheering him to a home win this weekend. Hoping to steal the victory as well as the hearts of the crowd, pilots such as Chambliss, Ivanoff and the two men currently in second and third overall – Austria's Hannes Arch and Australia's Matt Hall – have something distinctly different in mind.