6 Mar 2014

2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship held in Abu Dhabi

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 series were cancelled, now the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return in 2014. The 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was held Friday and Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Abu Dhabi was the first station of this year's championship. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship began in 2003.

The two-day event featured 12 pilots participate worldwide. In a stunt of the championship, the pilots maneuvered their planes to pass a "gate" 15 to 25 meters above the ground at a speed of 370 kilometers per hour. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme from UK kept his title. 
The races are held mainly over water near cities, but are also held at airfields or natural wonders. They are accompanied by a supporting program of show flights. Races are usually flown on weekends with the first day for qualification then knockout finals the day after. The events attract large crowds and are broadcast, both live and taped, in many nations.

Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic performing during a training session for the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi.
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Peter Besenyei of Hungary performing in front of the Presidential Palace during a training session for the first stage.
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