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ABOUT

WHAT IS THE AIR RACE?

Building on the legacy of the hugely popular Red Bull Air Race, the Air Race World Championship hopes to bring back the fastest, three-dimensional motorsport on the planet but create a challenging environment where competitors embrace the latest technological developments in Green Power and Advanced Aerial Mobility to push the envelope of the global Aviation Revolution.

Endorsed by the World Air Sports Federation, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), and with a commitment to Innovation, Sustainability and Education, the Air Race will make its season debut in 2022. 

Each event will look to include various classifications of competition.

Concepts for classifications:

ELITE XR/1

A top tier competition involving 12 race teams competing in an elimination format across three rounds of racing. 

AERO SR/2

A feeder competition involving 3 teams of multiple pilots competing in a Le Mans style of relay race with cumulative time determining the final results and allocation of world championship points awarded by the FAI.

JETPACK JP/1

A future classification that will introduce jet-powered race aircraft with a vertical take off and landing capability.

VTOL E/1

A future classification that will introduce electrically-powered race aircraft with a vertical take off and landing capability.

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THE HISTORY

BUILDING ON THE LEGACY

 

Established in 2003, the official FAI endorsed Air Race World Championship was created by Red Bull GmbH as an international series of air races in which the fastest pilots in the world compete in a sprint competition to navigate a challenging course of air gates in the fastest time. 

After presiding over 14 highly successful seasons of exhilarating air racing at iconic city locations all over the world, Red Bull took the decision to withdraw completely from organizing the sport in 2019 and no longer has any involvement in producing the race series.

2022 brings the long-awaited return of the official FAI endorsed Air Race World Championship with a possible 15 year contract from the World Air Sports Federation to produce the series.  Still involving some of the best pilots and race teams in the world, this new series hopes to bring together air racing legends from on and off the track to develop the sport and take air racing to new heights. With our new team we aim to start our first event in 2022.  

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94 RACES, 21 COUNTRIES, 35 CITIES (TBC)

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12

SEASONS 

9

WORLD CHAMPIONS 

19

WATER TRACKS

70

AIRCRAFT USED IN THE TRACK

24M+

SPECTATORS 
(estimated)

16

LAND TRACKS

46

PILOTS FROM

24 NATIONS

94

RACES IN 35 LOCATIONS ACROSS 21 COUNTRIES

500+

HOURS OF

TV BROADCAST

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HISTORIC STANDINGS

Historical results of the official FAI endorsed Air Race World Championship from 2003-2019

SEASON
CHAMPION
SECOND
THIRD
FOURTH
2003
PÉTER BESENYEI
KLAUS SCHRODT
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
JURGIS KAIRYS
2004
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
PÉTER BESENYEI
STEVE JONES
KLAUS SCHRODT
2005
MIKE MANGOLD
PÉTER BESENYEI
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
KLAUS SCHRODT
2006
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
PÉTER BESENYEI
MIKE MANGOLD
PAUL BONHOMME
2007
MIKE MANGOLD
PAUL BONHOMME
PÉTER BESENYEI
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
2008
HANNES ARCH
PAUL BONHOMME
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
MIKE MANGOLD
2009
PAUL BONHOMME
HANNES ARCH
MATT HALL
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
2010
PAUL BONHOMME
HANNES ARCH
NIGEL LAMB
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
2011-2013
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
2014
NIGEL LAMB
HANNES ARCH
PAUL BONHOMME
NICOLAS IVANOFF
2015
PAUL BONHOMME
MATT HALL
HANNES ARCH
MARTIN ŠONKA
2016
MATTHIAS DOLDERER
MATT HALL
HANNES ARCH
NIGEL LAMB
2017
YOSHIHIDE MUROYA
MARTIN ŠONKA
PETE MCLEOD
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
2018
MARTIN ŠONKA
MATT HALL
MICHAEL GOULIAN
MIKAËL BRAGEOT
2019
MATT HALL
YOSHIHIDE MUROYA
MARTIN ŠONKA
BEN MURPHY
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HISTORIC STANDINGS

Top 10 Results of the FAI endorsed Air Race World Championship 2019

POSITION
NAME
COUNTRY
POINTS
1
MATT HALL
AUS
81 PTS
2
YOSHIHIDE MUROYA
JPN
80 PTS
3
MARTIN SONKA
CZE
68 PTS
4
BEN MURPHY
GBR
48 PTS
5
KIRBY CHAMBLISS
USA
48 PTS
6
PETE MCLEOD
CAN
48 PTS
7
NICOLAS IVANOFF
FRA
47 PTS
8
MIKA BRAGEOT
FRA
44 PTS
9
MICHAEL GOULIAN
USA
42 PTS
10
JUAN VELARDE
SPA
39 PTS
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INNOVATION

RACING INTO THE FUTURE

 

The Air Race hopes to work with a dream team of aerospace industry partners from around the world to ensure it brings the latest technological innovations resulting from the green aviation revolution to transform championship air racing.

 

As part of the Air Race's ambitious sustainability strategy that targets a net-zero carbon footprint by season 5, third-generation biofuels will play a major part in the championship.  Starting the 2022 season with conventionally powered, legacy race-planes such as the Zivko Edge and the MXS, the Air Race is working with aerospace energy technology partners to embrace the latest developments in alternative, low-emission, renewable aviation fuels with a view to get to a 100% advanced, sustainable solution as soon as possible.  

The Air Race hopes to evolve its race aircraft through the staged evolution of advanced, sustainably powered drivetrains and the introduction of Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities to have an Electric-VTOL race classification competing in the series by Season 5.

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After spending most of my life in the cockpit of 'conventional' planes, it is clear to me that we are now on the cusp of a defining  new era in aviation; the most significant development since the invention of the jet engine in 1937. With the bringing together of advancements in green propulsion with developments in aerodynamics, avionics, flight control and autonomy, the enduring fantasy of a 'flying car' is now a reality and the Green Aviation Revolution has the potential to provide unprecedented accessibility to aerial utility transport for the masses, whether carrying commuting executives across downtown Manhattan or delivering medicines and aid to remote tribes in Papua New Guinea. The air race, with its unrivalled demand for high speed, high G-force, hyper-agile air vehicles provides a unique arena in which to put these innovations to the test and the Air Race will use the racetrack to push the limits of aviation and the technology around it for the benefit of every man.

Fully embracing the Green Aviation Revolution, the Air Race will grow with the sector and, as the FAI endorsed motorsport world championship, it will be at the cutting edge of aviation technology as the aerospace industry, regulators, operators and consumers transform the way people think of flying for ever. As the Race Series Director, I will be working with my hugely experienced and talented air race production team to make sure we use the series to adopt and promote these advances, providing brands and companies with a unique platform on which to develop future tech and innovation.

Wille Cruickshank, CEO of Air Race World Championship

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SUSTAINABILITY

AN ECO-FRIENDLY SPORT

 

As a signatory to Sports for Global Climate Action Declaration United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Air Race is an eco-friendly motorsport committed to achieving a net zero carbon footprint by Season 5.

The Air Race is committed to undertaking systematic efforts to: 

  • Promote greater environmental responsibility

  • Reduce overall climate impact

  • Educate for climate action

  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption 

  • Advocate for climate action through communication

Alongside safety, environmental sustainability is a strategic driver at the heart of shaping the Air Race organisational values and behaviour. The Series will follow a three-step strategy to achieve a net zero carbon footprint:

  • Effective measurement of carbon output

  • Prioritising reduction of the carbon footprint

  • Offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions

During each season, the Event Sustainability Team will work with external consultants to calculate the Series' carbon footprint as part of its event life cycle assessment. The areas of activity that will be assessed include freight, staff travel, spectator travel, food and beverages, infrastructure, marketing, energy usage, vendor procurement and event partners.

Over the seasons, the Air Race will continuously monitor and measure its environmental impact to understand where further improvement can be made. The Air Race has calculated that its biggest impact on the climate will come from greenhouse gas emissions due to freight and transportation between the race locations. To reduce climate impact, the Series will optimise the race calendar to ship by boat and train rather than air freight wherever possible. 

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THE AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HAS SIGNED A LETTER OF COMMITMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS SPORTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION FRAMEWORK

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EDUCATION

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION

 

With unprecedented growth predicted across the aviation sector, it is important that the Air Race uses the experience to excite, educate and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. 

 

Working with experts in developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programmes as well as those teaching specific Aviation Skills, we will use the air race as an exciting vehicle with which to attract the aerospace workforce of the future.

REACH FOR THE SKIES

Before each event, The Air Race and its education partners will engage with schools, colleges and universities in the local area to promote an aviation-inspired STEM project and competition.

A UNIQUE RACE EXPERIENCE

With a whole day of the event set aside to hosting student groups at the air race, a specific STEM Zone will be built within the Aviation Village where students can attend engineering workshops, interact with technology, and test their skills on the flight simulators. 

 

Exclusive backstage access will offer students the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with pilots, planes and members of the technical team. 

LEAVING A LEGACY

It's important that the Air Race leaves an enduring impression so will provide scholarships at each host city to help create the next generation of aviation professionals – from designers and engineers to pilots and technicians.  

Air Race Academy

With a revolutionary approach to aviation underway, it's important that the Air Race change the way that future air race pilots are selected, trained and mentored. The Air Race Academy structure will offer ambitious and talented young pilots the chance to learn from industry professionals and, if they meet the criteria, progress to become eligible to participate in the series. The Academy will be headquartered in the UK with satellite training facilities located across the world.

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ADVISORY BOARD

 

Building on the incredible Red Bull legacy, The Air Race has retained the support of the best people from the world of Air Racing and high-performance aviation to advise on creating the new series.

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MORE THAN AN AIR RACE

WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINMENT

 

Combining the excitement of world class sport with live music,  entertainment and innovation, the Air Race World Championship is more than just an air race.

Spectators can look on in sheer awe as the world's finest aviators race at speeds of over 250 mph through a gated course above their heads in this thrilling spectacle.

When the planes die down, we turn the volume up with live performances from the Hangar Stage.

This is entertainment like you've never experienced before. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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