For 2016 the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season will make a debut at one of the world's most famous cities for motorsport – Indianapolis. It will also be making a welcome return to the famed Lausitzring in Germany.
The eight-race season will span seven countries over three continents. Its established locations will once again captivate spectators, having already become firm favourites in the calendar. Its two new locations are already established motorsport venues and can only improve the high speed, low altitude experience.
It all kicks off on March 11-12 with the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the ninth straight time. Next up, the action is back at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria – one of the highlight venues in the Formula One calendar – on April 23-24.
The series then makes a welcome return to Japan, following the overwhelming success of the debut race in 2015 that sold out completely.
The Championship then moves to Budapest, Hungary on July 16-17 where the racetrack's pylons are set up in the heart of the city along the Danube. There, the pilots traditionally start the race by flying under the Chain Bridge.
On August 13-14, the setting is Ascot, Great Britain. The renowned horse-racing track has proven to be one of the all-time favourite stops in the history of the sport. The series then makes the highly anticipated return to the Lausitzring on September 3-4, where fans will be able to savour the first race in Germany since 2010 and cheer on local hero Matthias Dolderer.
2016 race locations
Once again the final two races of the season will be in North America. First, on October 1-2, Indianapolis will make its debut. Indianapolis is a sport-loving city in the country's heartland where motorsport is king. The season finale happens on October 15-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the new World Champion will be crowned at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"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."
Ticketing for the 2016 season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will begin this month.
2016 Race Calendar:
Abu Dhabi, UAE (March 11-12)
Spielberg, Austria (April 23-24)
Chiba, Japan (June 04-05)
Budapest, Hungary (July 16-17)
Ascot, Great Britain (August 13-14)
Lausitzring, Germany (September 3-4)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (October 1-2)
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 15-16)
The 2016 Red Bull Air Race