Red Bull Air Race took place in Kazan: how it was

For ordinary people, air races are a chance to see the best pilots in the world in the sky, and for aviators, an important competition where you can demonstrate your skills. This weekend, The Challenger visited the Red Bull Air Race in Kazan - we tell you how the Russian stage of the race went.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aviation racing series in which participants compete in the speed and accuracy of a special track . Fourteen of the best aviators in the world are allowed to participate in the championship. Pilots fly over water and above the ground in fast, maneuverable racing aircraft at speeds up to 370 km / h.

Red Bull Air Race has been held since 2003 in different parts of the world. Competitions were hosted by Barcelona, ​​Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Las Vegas, Cannes, Indianapolis and other cities. Each season includes several stages in different cities, after which the points accumulated are summed up and the winner of the series is determined.

This year the first stage of the race took place in Abu Dhabi, Kazan followed him, and then Balaton Lake in Hungary and Chiba, Japan, are waiting for pilots. Kazan first hosted the Red Bull Air Race in 2017, and for the third consecutive summer, residents and guests of the city can observe the flights of the world's best aviators over the Kazanka River.

The race track consists of seventeen inflatable pylons mounted on rafts on the river. The location is amazing: viewers (and pilots) enjoy views of the Kazan Kremlin, and the stands are located next to the "bowl" of the Kazan Family Center. Pilots claimed that Kazan is one of the most beautiful cities for racing.

Red Bull Air Race took place in Kazan: how it was

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The task of the pilots is to pass the track consisting of inflatable pylon cones at maximum speed. The rules are very strict: judges from the shore monitor the accuracy of the height, the angle of the wing, and the overloads that the pilot receives.

It should not deviate too much from the track, exceed the starting speed and shoot down pylons. For each violation, a fine of one to three seconds is prescribed. The account goes to thousandths, so the aviators try to avoid fines. A smoke streak stretches behind the planes during the passage of the route - pilots let it out for entertainment, although at first it seems that something happened to the plane.

Red Bull Air Race took place in Kazan: how it was

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Fourteen pilots of the highest Master class and twelve pilots of the second most important Challenger class took part in the Kazan stage of the Red Bull Air Race (yes, we also liked the name!).

The Japanese pilot Yoshihide Muroya became the winner, showing the best time among the four pilots in the final flight - 1: 03.496. The second line was taken by Australian Matt Hall, behind the leader by 0.15 seconds. The bronze went to the Czech Martin Schonke.

He covered the distance in 1: 04.238 minutes.

After the Kazan stage Muroy leads with 53 points, he is 9 points ahead of Shonka, who settled on the second line of the tournament table. Hall climbed to third place - he has 36 points. But all fourteen participants in the World Cup have something to fight for on the Hungarian Lake Balaton, where the next stage of the race will take place in a month.

Red Bull Air Race took place in Kazan: how it was

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The weather did not let bored not only the pilots, but also the audience. Fans hid from the rain, then hid from the sun. In between flights, the most persistent were able to see flyboard shows and motofreestyle from Alexei Kolesnikov and his team FMX13. At the end of each race day, the most titled pilot in world sports aviation, multiple champion of Russia and the world in airplane sports, the record holder of the Guinness Book of Records Svetlana Kapanina, flew up to the sky. Looking at the aerobatics performed by the legend, you understand that even the sky is not the limit!

Red Bull Air Race took place in Kazan: how it was

Photo: Red Bull

This year Red Bull Air Race takes place for the last time.

Competitions managed to fall in love with airplanes of thousands of people around the world.

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