Historic Red Bull Air Race debut in Russia on 22-23 July

Historic Red Bull Air Race debut in Russia on 22-23 July

The second half of the 2017 calendar will kick off with a milestone race at Russia’s sports capital: Kazan. It’s a first for the series – but for some pilots down in the points, it will also be the last chance to make a charge for this year’s World Championship.

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Ever since the Red Bull Air Race first took off in 2003, Russian fans have been clamoring for a stop in their home skies, and on 22-23 July they’ll get it, when the fifth race of the 2017 World Championship soars over Kazan. Set where the Volga and Kazanka Rivers meet 800km east of Moscow, Kazan is a tantalizing destination not only for its spectacular Red Bull Air Race track over water, but also for its prestige as Russia’s sporting capital and host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s a perfect setting for a gripping 370kph showdown among 14 of the world’s best pilots.

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Historic Red Bull Air Race debut in Russia on 22-23 July

With only four races to go in a wildly competitive season, the pressure is on. Any one of the international race teams still has a chance to win it all, but favorites are emerging, and tight skirmishes are shaping up within segments of the leaderboard as well. One triumph, or one devastating penalty for exceeding maximum G, could rock the standings.

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Historic Red Bull Air Race debut in Russia on 22-23 July

Two-time titleholder Kirby Chambliss of the with his technician and crew chief Jason Resop

Red Bull Air Race 2017 Calendar:
February 10-11:         Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 15-16:                San Diego, USA
June 3-4:                    Chiba, Japan
July 1-2:                      Budapest, Hungary
July 22-23:                  Kazan, Russia
September 2-3:         Porto, Portugal
September 16-17:     Lausitz, Germany
October 14-15:           Indianapolis, USA

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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.

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