Pilots get thrill ahead of Spielberg

Three Master Class pilots take a tour of the Austrian mountains

The traditional Recon Flight

Austria's Hannes Arch led fellow pilots Nicolas Ivanoff and Kirby Chambliss on an aerial tour of a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, just days before the kickoff of the Red Bull Air Race in Spielberg, Austria.

The trio flew over Arch's native Styria to view the Dachstein massif, with its craggy mountainsides and breathtaking, 2,700-metre-high glacier. The Dachstein has inspired Arch, a passionate mountaineer, since his youth. The Alpine setting was a reminder of the challenging terrain that awaits all 14 competitors when they return to Spielberg's Red Bull Ring.

With only three stops left in the battle for the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, the pilots will be pushing the limits at the prestige motorsport circuit.

The race holds special significance for Arch, Ivanoff and Chambliss. For the Austrian, currently third in the standings, it's a pivotal chance to make up ground on his rivals in front of his home fans. For the Frenchman, it's an opportunity to repeat his triumph of 2014, when the Red Bull Air Race first came to Spielberg. And the American is keen to build momentum before the series heads to the United States for its final two stops.

The action begins with Qualifying on Saturday, September 5, followed by Race Day on Sunday.

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