Red Bull Air Race World Championship

16 Dec 2015

Red Bull Air Race 2016: Calendar announced with new locations in Germany and U.S.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will mark its ninth season in 2016 with two exciting new stops where fans are passionate about motorsports: the famed Lausitzring in Germany and the U.S. city of Indianapolis, Indiana, home to the Indianapolis 500 that’s renowned as part of the “Triple Crown” of auto racing.  

In a season that spans seven countries over eight races, the motorsport series will also captivate spectators at stops that have already become favorites in the calendar. It all kicks off on March 11/12, with the traditional season opener over the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the ninth straight time. Next up, the action is back at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria – one of the highlight venues in the Formula One calendar on 23/24 April.

The high-speed, low-altitude race will then return to Japan, following the overwhelming success of the debut race in 2015 that sold out across the weekend.

The Championship then moves to Budapest, Hungary on July 16/17 where the racetrack’s 25-meter-high pylons are set up in the heart of the city, contrasting with the stunning backdrop of the Parliament Building, a location which has hosted seven races.

On August 13/14, the setting is Ascot in England, the renowned horse-racing track that has proven to be one of the all-time favorite stops in the history of the sport, before the series makes that breathlessly anticipated return to the Lausitzring on September 3/4, where fans will be able to savor a race in Germany for the first time since 2010 and cheer local Master Class pilot Matthias Dolderer.

Once again the final two races of the season will be in North America; first, on October 1/2, with the Red Bull Air Race premiere at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, a sport-loving city in the country’s heartland where motorsport is king. The Speedway will also be celebrating 100 years of aviation events, as the first race held at IMS was also the first national balloon race, in 1909, the same year the world’s first air race took place in Reims, France. The season finale happens on October 15/16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the new World Champion will be crowned at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history,” said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. “The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike.”



EVENT NAME PLACE DATE  
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 11 Mar to 12 Mar 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Spielberg (Austria) 23 Apr to 24 Apr 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Chiba (Japan) 04 June to 05 June 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Budapest (Hungary) 16 Jul to 17 Jul 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Ascot (United Kingdom) 13 Aug to 14 Aug 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lausitz (Germany) 03 Sep to 04 Sep 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Indianapolis (USA) 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016 Information
2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Las Vegas (USA) 15 Oct to 16 Oct 2016 Information

FAI and Red Bull Air Race

FAI and Red Bull Air Race World Championship signed an agreement including the provision of FAI medals especially designed for the Red Bull Air Race, the inclusion of all races in the FAI Events Calendar, and the official approval by the FAI of the race Rules & Regulations. Furthermore, the FAI provides a delegate who attends all events to supervise safety aspects.