Preparations under way for Red Bull Air Race World Championship at LVMS
Great Britain's Paul Bonhomme has a tense lead over Australia's Matt Hall as the finale of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17-18.
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 Fox Sports 1 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
One of the world's fastest motorsport series puts the 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.
Going into the final race, Bonhomme leads the championship with 67 points after getting 12 for the win in Fort Worth, Texas, while Hall is still within striking range at 59 points. The two have dominated the 2015 season, with Bonhomme racking up four wins to Hall's one.
"We have nothing to lose at the final race of the season, and we'll fight until the end for victory," says Hall. "Las Vegas is a very special place to race, not only because of the fast and challenging race track, but you can call it a battle in the heat in one of the most famous cities on planet earth. I can't wait to race there again!"
Last year, Red Bull Air Race's stop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a historic occasion, marking the first time an air race of any kind was held inside a motor speedway in the United States. More than 50,000 race fans witnessed elite pilots attack the speedway's 1.5-mile track with high-speed and low-altitude aerial racing.
For more information, visit www.redbullairrace.com or in person at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway box office (800-644-4444).
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship airs on FS1 as part of a stunning Red Bull global sports series that also includes the Crashed Ice World Championships, Cliff Diving World Series and X-Fighters World Tour.
THE RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Created in 2003, but officially a World Championship since 2005, the Red Bull Air Race is followed by millions of fans across more than 50 races held worldwide. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motor-sport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. The pilots use the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes to navigate a predefined, low-level aerial racetrack of air-filled pylons (Air gates) with the aim of finishing in the fastest time possible, incurring as few penalties as possible.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship schedule
Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. -- Gates at LVMS open
10:30-10:40 a.m. -- Calibration flight
10:45-11:50 a.m. -- Challengers division training
1:50-3:10 p.m. -- Masters division training
3:10-3:20 p.m. -- Opening ceremony
3:20-4 p.m. -- Challengers division qualifying session
4-5 p.m. -- Masters division qualifying session
Sunday, Oct. 18
9 a.m. -- Gates at LVMS open
10-10:10 a.m. -- Calibration flight
10:30-11:20 a.m. -- Challenger Cup
11:45 a.m.-Noon -- Opening ceremony
Noon-1 p.m. -- Round of 14
1:20-1:25 p.m. -- Challenger Cup prize-giving ceremony
2-2:30 p.m. -- Round of 8
2:30-2:50 p.m. -- Final 4
2:55-3 p.m. -- Masters division prize-giving ceremony