World Championship Air Race is set to commence in Q1 2022
Aurora’s work on WCAR is similar to its partnerships with Formula E and Extreme E, where it has helped to develop two new growing sports.
Managing director of Aurora Media, Lawrence Duffy, said: “Consumption habits continue to rapidly change, but the excitement of the live moment is still at the heart of sport, and this pioneering series suits our skill set. The revolution in mobility is as much in the sky as it is on the ground. We look forward to showcasing the technology and competition to create a brand new suite of content.”
The two race formats in World Championship Air Race
Aero GP1: Contested by top-ranking teams
· Initially limited to 12 teams
· Teams will be run by a Team Principal(TP)/Owner
· Each team will have one race pilot
· Pilots hold GP1 Class Super-licence
· Teams provide their own aeroplane. Innovations compliant with technical regulations
· Pilots can be hired, fired and transferred by teams as required at the end of the race season
· Teams also consist of: Technician (super-licence holder), Tactician, Team Co-ordinator (TC)
Aero GT: Contested by developing pilots
· Initially there will be 3 teams
· Teams will be run by a Team Principal(TP)/Coach
· Each team will have up to four race pilots
· Pilots hold GT Class Super-licence
· Three pilots per team race at each location
· Winning team has fastest cumulative time
· Teams provided with a WCAR aeroplane: Extra 300 – all team aircraft exactly the same specification
· Teams also consist of: Technician (super-licence holder), Non-racing pilots, filling tactician, and TC roles
WCAR race series director, Willie Cruickshank, added: “We need to re-imagine and evolve the established Air Race format as a sport that uses innovation and diversity to adapt to meet the expectations of different demographics and a sustainable future.
“The combination of unlimited content choice and availability of multiple media devices has changed the sports landscape, with younger demographics no longer tied to schedules and watching linear TV programmes. Our partnership with Aurora Media Worldwide will see World Championship Air Race move from a traditional TV experience to a multi-platform, multi-device experience to meet those expectations.
“Evolving technology allows live and non-live content to be captured, curated and shared on more screens than ever before so we are excited to be working with a truly world-class partner to bring our global community of fans an exceptional, authentic and interactive Air Race experience.”