After a two-year absence, the new dimension of motorsport will return to the Texas Motor Speedway in a big way on 17-18 November 2018, for the first Red Bull Air Race World Championship final ever held in Fort Worth, USA.
Texas is famed as a place where everything is enormous, and the motorsport mecca of the Metroplex region – Texas Motor Speedway – will serve up a whopper of a welcome for the biggest battle of the Red Bull Air Race season. Two days of heart-pounding action set in the infield of the 1.5-mile oval, at eye level with spectators, is perfect for the pilots and their final push to clinch the World Championship.
While Texas Motor Speedway is typically the playground of stars from NASCAR and IndyCar racing, the superspeedway has hosted the Red Bull Air Race twice previously, in 2014 and 2015. Odds are strong that this time, American fans will finally see a home favourite donning the traditional cowboy hat on the race podium: two-time titleholder and Texas native Kirby Chambliss is a perpetual threat in the lineup, and Massachusetts-born Michael Goulian is having the season of his career, making the Final 4 in every race through the calendar's midpoint.
As for the pilots who will claim the World Championship podium in the Lone Star State, with four races of the eight-stop season yet to come, and 14 of the world's best race pilots in contention, it is still too soon to call. Matt Hall, hungry as a two-time overall runner-up (2015, 2016), holds the top of the leaderboard only two points ahead of the confident Goulian. But the second-place finisher from 2017, Czech ace Martin Šonka, is closing in fast at third, while dazzling young Frenchman Mika Brageot has surpassed all expectations in leaping up to fourth. On their heels are two powerful forces – defending World Champion Yoshihide Muroya of Japan and 2016 title-winner Matthias Dolderer of Germany – both poised to make a move.
"The people of Fort Worth have been wonderful hosts in the past, and we're delighted to be able to shine a global spotlight on the Metroplex region by crowning our 2018 World Champion at Texas Motor Speedway," says Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. "As the margins of victory get tighter and tighter, the Red Bull Air Race season finale only becomes more thrilling. Last year the title came down to the final seconds of the final round, and we can't wait to see what happens this November."
"This is probably the most unique event we have ever hosted," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "You sit in the stands and look down to see the planes race through the track of pylons. We appreciate the Red Bull Air Race 's faith in us by awarding the final 2018 Championship race to Texas Motor Speedway."
Also reaching their season climax in Texas will be the pilots of the second competition category of the Red Bull Air Race, the Challenger Class, where US charger Kevin Coleman of Louisiana hopes to make a bid for his career-first Challenger Cup.
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