The eight-race 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will feature two new stops in Japan and Russia along with a return to Budapest in Hungary, announced organisers of the world's fastest motorsport series on 26 November at an official press conference in Chiba, Japan. The competition will also return to five popular locations in its eighth season, with rounds in Abu Dhabi, Ascot, Spielberg, Fort Worth and Las Vegas.
The new 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season will kick off on 13-14 February with the traditional opening round in Abu Dhabi. The inaugural race in Japan will then land in Chiba, on the edge of Tokyo Bay, on 16-17 May. The World Championship moves next to another new location in Russia, with an eagerly awaited stop in the sports-focused city of Sochi on 30-31 May. The beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary marks the start of the European leg on 4-5 July, returning to the calendar, having previously hosted seven races between 2003 and 2009.
The second half of the 2015 season begins on 15-16 August in Ascot, Great Britain, before it returns to Spielberg, Austria on 5-6 September. The season concludes with two stops in the United States – in Fort Worth in Texas on 26-27 September, followed by the season finale on 17-18 October in Las Vegas.
"We're always making efforts to bring the sport to our fans and we're delighted that we can now officially announce that Red Bull Air Race will visit two new countries in 2015. We will race in Japan and Russia, nations full of enthusiastic motorsport and aviation fans, and once again Hungary, where the Red Bull Air Race has a great fanbase," said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH.
Ticketing for the 2015 season will start on 28 November.
2015 Race Calendar
1. Abu Dhabi (13/14 February)
2. Chiba, Japan (16/17 May)
3. Sochi, Russia* (30 /31 May)
4. Budapest, Hungary (4/5 July)
5. Ascot, Great Britain (15/16 August)
6. Spielberg, Austria (5/6 September)
7. Fort Worth, Texas, United States (26/27 September)
8. Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (17/18 October)
*To be confirmed
The population of Chiba city is approximately 1 million, and it is known as one of the 12 major cities in Japan. The steel industry has developed along the coastal area from early on, and Chiba city continues to grow in the field of international information services, bio technology, and medical science.
The city is located in Tokyo metropolitan district, and the city itself intervenes right in the middle of Japan's biggest international airport: Narita and Haneda International Airport. 20 minute ride by car from Narita International Airport will take you to Chiba city. Hence, wherever country you come from, getting started with your work or sightseeing within an hour is possible.
Chiba city is not only known for its amassed urban function, but also blessed with nature such as greenery and beach.
Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji was registered on the World Heritage List in 2013 and Chiba's coast is known as one of the confined location where Mt. Fuji can be seen over the sea. It is the only city among Tokyo Bay area where you can view Mt. Fuji over the blue.
Makuhari New Urban Center, where the Air Race venue takes place, is located in the northwest part of Chiba city and has compact and functional feature. Various faculties are cumulated and there are 6 official hotels with 2735 rooms in total that will support your visit within walking distance.
Japan's representative complex convention: Makuhari Messe has international exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, there are European style housing district, and Japan's biggest artificial marine beach that's spread over 4,320 meter (2.7 mile). Free WiFi is set around stations and hotels to support our visitor's business and sightseeing.
Moreover, full range of Shopping malls and restaurants are located near the KaihinMakuhari Station. Japan's largest Mall "Aeon" opened in December 2013, and has become one of the enjoyments to stay in Chiba/Makuhari.