Fans and pilots have been greeted with calm and sunny skies on Saturday as the Red Bull Air Race World Championship kicks off with training and qualifying sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
One of the fastest motorsport series puts 14 of the world's best race pilots on the planet to the ultimate test in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. The pilots fly the fastest, most agile and lightweight-racing planes and navigate a low-level aerial track made up of 80-foot-high air-filled pylons at speeds of up to 230 mph while enduring forces of up to 10G.
The aim is to finish in the fastest time, incurring as few penalties as possible. The series consists of eight stops spanning the globe, with Las Vegas as the deciding location where a champion will be named.
The finals on Sunday, Oct. 18 will air live on FS1 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. Tickets are available at www.redbullairrace.com.
As 14 of the world's best race pilots move into the final stop of the eight-stop series, Great Britain's Paul Bonhomme leads the Red Bull Air Race World Championship with 67 points after getting 12 for the win in Fort Worth earlier this month, while Australia's Matt Hall is still within striking range at 59 points.
Saturday, Oct. 17 | Qualifying
10:45-11:40 a.m. - Training Session Challenger Class
1:50-3:05 p.m. - Training Session Master Class
3:20-4 p.m. - Qualifying Challenger Class
4:05-5:15 p.m. - Qualifying Master Class
Sunday, Oct. 18 | World Championship Finals
9 a.m. - Gates open
11-11:30 a.m. - Challenger Cup
12:07-12:50 p.m. - Master Class Round of 14
1:45-1:50 p.m. - Prize Giving Ceremony Challenger Cup
2:05-2:30 p.m. - Round of 8
2:35-2:50 p.m. - Final 4
2:55-3 p.m. - Prize Giving Ceremony