Historic first flight over Kazan

As we gear up for round 5 our pilots take to the skies to see what's in store

Kazan's Ministry of Agriculture from the air

Red Bull Air Race pilots Martin Šonka and Nicolas Ivanoff enjoyed their first aerial view of Kazan, Russia ahead of the historic Red Bull Air Race debut in the country this weekend – a rare and spectacular opportunity.

In their raceplanes, the pilots soared above the city's wide variety of landmarks including the popular Kazan Family Center that symbolizes love and fidelity, the majestic Kremlin, a World Heritage Site with onion domes and spires that are emblematic of the city's heritage and the Ministry of Agriculture. The World Championship stop in Kazan kicks off with Qualifying on Saturday, 22 July, followed by the dramatic climax of Race Day on Sunday, 23 July 2017.

Catch all the action over the weekend here.