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Defending champion Šonka faces pilot rivals over eight global stops.
Red Bull Air Race returns for 2019 with two stops in Asia to help underpin another exciting battle in the skies around the globe. Here is all you need to know:
– Czech Republic pilot Martin Šonka claimed his first title from Australian Matt Hall and American Michael Goulian after a thrilling 2018 season.
– This year’s season opens up in Abu Dhabi on February 8-9 with a return to other iconic Air Race stops in Kazan, Budapest, Chiba and Indianapolis.
– One more European stop and one more Asian stop will give fans a taste of the aerial acrobatics before the November finale occurs in Saudi Arabia.
– With the 14 elite pilots racing at 370 km/h and stunning backdrops again like the Danube river, the 2019 season promises to be another action classic.
– The Air Race was developed in 2003 as the most advanced aerial challenge in existence with more than 90 races completed across five continents.
– Pilots must be in peak physical condition as they endure forces up to 12G, while navigating the technical racetracks made up of air-filled pylons.
– A Challenger Cup feeder series was introduced in 2014 with the goal of helping the development of the unique skills required for the Master Class.
Red Bull Air Race 2019 Calendar
February 8-9: Abu Dhabi, UAE
June 15-16: Kazan, Russia
July 13-14: Budapest, Hungary
September 7-8: Chiba, Japan
October 19-20: Indianapolis, USA
November 8-9: Saudi Arabia