As I mentioned in a previous post, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship started its 2014 journey in Abu Dhabi, and the daredevils that entertained us pirouetting over our beloved Corniche are now off to Croatia.
Out of the 12 contestants, British pilot Paul Bonhomme has been crowned the winner of this first race, completing the course in only 56.439 seconds! Hannes Arch from Austria and Pete McLeod from Canada finished in second and third place.
I look forward to next year for another thrilling day on the beach!
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I am getting ready for blissful neck pain, as the Red Bull Air Race Championship arrives to Abu Dhabi!
This world championships starts in Abu Dhabi and continues in other 7 cities, with races held from February to November.
Competitors fly individually through the obstacle course, and the top nine fastest pilots earn points: at the end of the whole championship, the person with the most points is crowned the winner. Easier said than done!
Usually this race is over 2 days, the first of qualifications and the second of knock-out finals.
This weekend, the 28th February and 1st of March, the sky over our beloved Corniche will be full of champions of the air, keen to showcase their acrobatic prowess.
Some of the best daredevils in the world will use the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, trying to navigate a low-level aerial track made up of 25-metres-high air-filled pylons. Average speed is usually up to 370 Km/h!
Flying through the racecourse requires agility and incredible pilot precision, as the course has high-G turns and challenging corners, making for an amazing show to watch from the ground.
Apart from the flying acrobatics, another highlight of the weekend will also be the concert on February 28th, which will feature Arab popstar Nancy Ajram (whose hits include Akhasmak Ah and Aah W Noss) and Lebanese songwriter Ramy Ayach (whose hits include Khallini Maak and Ya Msahar Heini), supported by Egyptian pop rockers Wust El Balad (whose hits include Qol Lelmaleha and Arabeily2 ).
Tickets are available in Virgin megastores around the city, in special-made booths on the Corniche, and on the Redbull Air Race official website.
The concert will be free to all those who already have a ticket for the Red Bull Air Race, or can be purchased separately for 150 AED.
1PM – 6PM – Challengers Race and Masters Qualifying
8PM – 12AM – Concert (Doors open at 6PM)
1PM- 6PM – Masters Race