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The first Red Bull Air Race win for Dolderer – and Germany – in Spielberg!

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Germany’s Matthias Dolderer beat the elements, the obstacles and 13 of the world’s best pilots to become the first German ever to win a Red Bull Air Race event at the second stop of the 2016 season in Spielberg, Austria. Home-country hero Hannes Arch finished second in the snowy Sunday showdown, with Great Britain’s Nigel Lamb in third.

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Fribourg ready to welcome the famous Gordon Bennett Cup

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The Canton of Fribourg will have the honour of organising the prestigious Aeronautical Cup for Gas Balloons, the ‘Gordon Bennett’ (FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship) in 2017. In Spain last weekend, the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) (which runs the FAI’s ballooning activities) confirmed the choice of Fribourg. It adopted the proposal made by the National Ballooning Commission (FSA) back in November 2015. This international competition, which brings together the world’s best balloonists, will take place near the airstrip in Epagny, just below the Château de Gruyères and amongst the foothills of the Alps. The event will run from 7 to 16 September 2017. For ‘four cornerstones of the Fribourg economy’ a dream will come true.

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The 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016

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The 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett will take place from 15 – 24 September 2016 in Gladbeck, Germany, the epicentre of global gasballooning activities which will therefore provide for sure perfect conditions.

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6 months until the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Gladbeck, Germany!

06-DSC 6060 copy180 days to go until the 60th edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. This year the individual stories of the pilots full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck will continue in Gladbeck (GER) from 15 – 24 September 2016.

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FAI at the Red Bull Air Race

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FAI President Dr. John Grubbström was in Abu Dhabi at the Red Bull Air Race on Saturday 12 March 2016 – and met up with the General Manager of the Red Bull Air Race Erich Wolf.

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Nicolas Ivanoff of France wins wild season opener in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-AbuDhabi-Podium sThe first race of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was even hotter than expected in sizzling Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as Nicolas Ivanoff of France blazed through the pylons to victory in a close and frequently astonishing competition.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: Erich Wolf

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Erich Wolf is the boss at the Red Bull Air Race. As General Manager he’s responsible for the whole event across eight countries. He’s been in charge since 2011, and brought the Red Bull Air Race back in 2014 after a three year hiatus.

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Sweden’s Daniel Ryfa claims Challenger Class season opener in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-AbuDhabi-Daniel-Ryfa-SWE-credit-Balazs-Gardi sThe ninth season of Red Bull Air Race action at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche took off with a win for Challenger Class pilot Daniel Ryfa of Sweden. The most experienced contender in the six-man Abu Dhabi field, Ryfa clocked a sizzling time of 1:06.308. But the surprise of the day came from Kevin Coleman, a 25-year-old American making his Red Bull Air Race debut, who seized second place less than seven-tenths of a second behind the Swede with 1:06.945. Florian Bergér of Germany took third place, and the Abu Dhabi field was rounded out by Ben Murphy of Great Britain, Luke Czepiela of Poland and Francis Barros of Brazil.

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Australia’s Matt Hall clocks top Qualifying time at Red Bull Air Race season opener in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-1-AbuDhabiAustralian and German pilots scorched the Red Bull Air Race track with sub-59-second times in Qualifying on Friday. Race Day in Abu Dhabi is Saturday. Abu Dhabi (UAE) – At the 2016 season opener of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday, Australia’s Matt Hall showed the form that made him the overall runner-up in 2015 by winning Qualifying. But he’ll need to push even harder in the Finals on Saturday. Hall’s time of 58.079 was less than two-tenths of a second ahead of the 58.268 logged by Germany’s Matthias Dolderer, while American Michael Goulian, making the most of new raceplane modifications, finished third with 59.184.

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FAI at the heart of safety at the Red Bull Air Race World Championships

ben ruijs fai safety delegate 2016The Red Bull Air Race World Championship kicked off today with a spectacular race in the sky above Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The race is the first of eight events that will take place this year, making the Red Bull Air Race the pre-eminent international air race circuit in the world.

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Polish pilot Czepiela blazes into Challenger Class season with top Qualifying time

RBARAbuDhabi ChallengersWith less than 24 hours to go before the ninth consecutive season opener of the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi, pilot Luke Czepiela of Poland got a fast start to the season with a top Qualifying time of 1:07.241 seconds in the Challenger Class. The top three finishers in Challenger Class Qualifying were within a second of each other, with Daniel Ryfa of Sweden logging the second-fastest time at 1:07.348 and Francis Barros of Brazil in third with 1:08.198.

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