Pilots get early glimpse of Rovinj before the race

The Master Class pilots of the Red Bull Air Race check out the track ahead of this weekend

Chambliss leads Arch and Dolderer over Rovinj

Two groups of pilots took to the skies over Rovinj, Croatia today to get an early view of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship track on the traditional Recon Flight ahead of the weekend's racing.

Kirby Chambliss led his rivals Nicolas Ivanoff and Pete McLeod on one Recon Flight taking in the breathtaking scenery of the historic town and the challenging race track set up just off the shore of one of the most picturesque towns on the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj. Chambliss then flew with last year's race winner, Hannes Arch and Matthias Dolderer for another fly-by, which included an aerial inspection of the iconic St John at Sea lighthouse and the stunning islands just off the coast from Rovinj, which is hosting the Red Bull Air Race for the second straight year.

Britain's Paul Bonhomme currently leads the world championship with 24 points from back-to-back wins in the first two races of the eight stop 2015 season. Bonhomme wants revenge in Rovinj after losing last year's race to Arch by eight one hundredths of a second – the narrowest margin of victory in the sport's history.

The race in Rovinj, the first of four European stops, pays tribute to the rich aviation tradition in the region that includes nearby Slovenia, Austria and Italy. For Dolderer and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic it is also a home race of sorts.

Tickets are still available for the Rovinj race taking place this weekend!