Fifty thousand fans lined the bay area of San Diego in 2009 to capture the epic air race between a group of international pilots. Eight years later San Diego will once again play host to the Red Bull Air Racing Championship. The second stop of eight, spanning from Abu Dhabi to Japan, including Russia, Portugal, Hungary and Germany ending in Indianapolis in October.
Pilots from around the world including the United States, will compete through a series of races for the World Championship crown. After the first round in Abu Dhabi, the leader in the Master Class is Martin Zonka of the Czech Republic followed by Spain’s Juan Velarde and Canada’s Pete McLeod. Michael Goulian of the United States currently stands in 5th place while the other American, Kirby Chambliss, stands in 11th position. The leader in the second Challenger Class group is Daniel Ryfa of Sweden while the only female racing, Mélanie Astles of France, is currently in third position.
This spectacular group of some twenty-three pilots compete in high-performance single-seat aerobatic planes. Flying between eighty-two foot high pylons at speeds reaching more than two hundred and thirty miles per hour as they compete for the fastest time. Flying a low lying course with twists and turns that sometimes subjects them to a G-force that makes them 10 times their normal weight takes courage and talent.
The giant pylons mark out the course that includes five gates. Each gate being only 32 to 45 feet apart as they circle the course twice at high speed. This course will run across a large section of the bay including the frontages of the Embarcadero North and South and Seaport village.
Once this air race course is marked out along the bay front, practice will take place on Friday, April 14th. On Saturday the qualifying will take place. Then on Easter Sunday, April 16th the race itself will be underway for Championship points.
If you don’t own your own Downtown high-rise condo with a view of the Bay you might want to grab a ticket. They run about $20 for Saturday’s qualification race and $25 for Sunday’s performance. This will allow you to view the live Signal and Video walls along with a preferred view of the race track. There will be restroom facilities and even family entertainment and side acts.
If you would prefer to view this and other spectacular events from your own private condo, please call Claudette at 1(619) 825-1974 for assistance in acquiring such.