History was made eleven years ago when the Red Bull Air Race World Championship's very first race took place in Zeltweg, Austria. Zeltweg was the first and last time that the Red Bull Air Race touched down in Austria, but for 2014 the World Championship will once again return to its roots in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. The new addition to the race calendar will substitute for the postponed race in China, and bring the sport back to the country where all it all began.
"I think it's really great that the showdown for the 2014 season will be held in Austria," said Red Bull Air Race World Championship pilot Hannes Arch. "That corner of the world loves the race. We saw in Rovinj in April how many fans the sport has. It would be a dream come true for me if I can hold on to win the championship in my home country."
The Austrian is leading a tight battle for the World Championship title ahead of defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain, with Canada's Pete McLeod and British pilot Nigel Lamb both close behind in the current rankings.
The eight-stop 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship began in Abu Dhabi in March with subsequent stops in Rovinj, Croatia in April and Putrajaya, Malaysia in May. The remaining races will be held in Gdynia, Poland (July 26/27), Ascot, United Kingdom (August 16/17), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (September 6/7), and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 11/12), before the final in Spielberg, Austria – an iconic and sensational location for the motorsport series. The Spielberg stop will mark the 58th overall Red Bull Air Race, which has wowed fans in18 countries since it was launched in 2003.
Further information about the race and tickets can be found via www.redbullairrace.com