Courtesy of Red Bull Air Race Media Service
Overall leader Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic led his World Championship rivals Yoshihide Muroya of Japan and Pete McLeod of Canada for a flight over the final stop of the Red Bull Air Race season at the USA’s holy grail of motorsport. Flying Bulls helicopter pilot Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz joined the action. The 2017 finale kicks off with Qualifying this Saturday and climaxes with Race Day on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA) – As excitement builds toward the first Red Bull Air Race season finale ever held at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Šonka, Muroya and McLeod are locked in the title fight, with only seven points separating the top 3. The aerial view offered a special perspective on the infield of the historic oval, where the Wright Brothers flew in 1910 and this weekend raceplanes will speed at 370kph/230mph, pulling as much as 10 Gs. When the race plays out on Sunday, one of the three pilots will be crowned a first-time World Champion – unless the USA’s own Kirby Chambliss, the only other contender with enough points to challenge for the championship, can pull off an upset.
Multi-time Freestyle World Champion Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz, the chief helicopter pilot of the famed Flying Bulls, joined the raceplane pilots in his BO105 (the only helicopter capable of performing the same maneuvers as conventional planes) for a first look over the racetrack before he performs with the lineup of side acts this weekend.
Seats are selling fast for the Red Bull Air Race season finale at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 14-15 October. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com
ABOUT RED BULL AIR RACE
Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.