The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an international series of races with the participation of at least eight pilots at each race. The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time incurring as few penalties as possible.
Pilots can win World Championship points at each race and the pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
For 2015, 14 pilots will take part in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Master Class pilots will have obtained their Unrestricted Superlicence, as issued by the Red Bull Air Race Committee.
New pilots who wish to participate in the World Championship must first fulfil the minimum criteria set by the Red Bull Air Race Committee, which include top achievements in international flying competitions organised by the FAI. They must also be active aerobatic air display pilots. Eligible pilots that prove their skills at the Red Bull Air Race Qualification Camp can achieve the Red Bull Air Race Restricted Superlicence. Once they have the Restricted Superlicence, they then qualify to take part in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the Challenger Cup.
The Red Bull Air Race consists of the following flying sessions: Training, Qualifying, Round of 14, Round of 8, Final 4. In all sessions, only one pilot races in the track at a time.
TRAINING:Takes place on the days preceding Qualifying Day.
QUALIFYING: Takes place on Qualifying Day, the day before Race Day. It includes two mandatory qualifying sessions. Best time counts. Results of the qualifying session determine the order of racing on Race Day.
ROUND OF 14:Takes place on Race Day. This flying session is completed in head-to-head heats; the seven winners plus the fastest loser move forward to the Round of 8. The head-to-head pairings are based on the qualifying session results.
ROUND OF 8:Seven winners from the Round of 14, plus the fastest loser, race in head-to-head heats again. The four winning pilots advance to the Final 4. For the losing pilots, their time in the Round of 8 will determine 5th to 8th place race positions.
FINAL 4:Four fastest from the Round of 8 compete in the Final 4 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place race positions. The slowest winning pilot from the Round of 8 will fly first in the Final Four. They race individually and victory is based on the quickest time recorded for the session.
STARTING ORDER FOR FLYING SESSIONS
The starting order is the order in which the pilots will race in each flying session. The starting order for Training is defined by the results of the current Red Bull Air Race World Championship standing. The highest ranking pilot starts first, new pilots start at the end. If there is more than one new pilot, the starting order of these new pilots is determined by a draw.
The starting order for all sessions on Race Day is determined by the results in Qualifying. The order is reversed so that the slowest pilot from Qualifying starts first.
The winner is the pilot who is ranked number one in the final flying session.
RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPION
The Red Bull Air Race World Champion is the pilot who achieves the highest aggregate score in the given Red Bull Air Race World Championship season. The winner is crowned Red Bull Air Race World Champion at the last stop in the World Championship.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
World Championship points are awarded after each race, and will decide the Red Bull Air Race World Champion at the end of the season. The points system is as follows:
RANK (RACE) POINTS
9th – 14th: 0
THE CHALLENGER CUP
The Challenger Cup is a second competition category in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The Challenger Cup pilots compete in simplified or adapted tracks in an Extra E-330LX as provided by the Red Bull Air Race. Unless otherwise specified, racing rules that apply to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Master Class also apply to the Challenger Cup category.
The Challenger Cup pilots will have two training sessions two days before Race Day (one of which is compulsory), and one training session on Qualifying Day. The Challenger Cup races will take place on Qualifying Day, after the training session. Pilots complete two laps, with only the best time counting for the final ranking.
The Challenger Cup pilots must compete in at least three races throughout the season, but are able to participate in more races if preferred. In the case of pilots taking part in more than three races, only the best three scores will count for the final Challenger Cup ranking.
The Challenger Cup gives Challenger Class pilots the opportunity to work towards acquiring the Unrestricted Superlicence that is needed to be able to fly in the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race. Challenger Cup pilots have to obtain a Restricted Superlicence in a Qualification Camp before taking part in the Challenger Cup.
CHALLENGER CUP PILOTS
The Challenger Cup pilot who achieves the highest aggregate score in the given Red Bull Air Race World Championship season is awarded the Challenger Cup World Champion title at the last stop in the World Championship.
CHALLENGER CUP POINTS
Challenger Cup points are awarded after each race, and will decide the winner of the Challenger Cup at the end of the season. The points system is as follows:
The Red Bull Air Race will take place at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August.