The Styria Region in Austria is impressive, with a lush green countryside and beautiful mountains, making it an awesome backdrop for the final showdown. A cold front moved in yesterday, leaving snow on the mountains, and some question marks in the schedule today. Kirby wants to get in three flights today, as long as the weather cooperates. Jason Resop and Danny Onofryton worked this morning on 14KN, putting on the final touches.
Tomorrow we are planning on moving to the Red Bull Ring Racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, for the remainder of race week. There’s lots of buzz about next year, schedule, rules and engines. We are looking forward to sharing it all with you! More to come…
Kirby talks about skydiving and his absolute joy, his daughter, Karly Chambliss!
Team Chambliss arrived in Europe early to counter the jet lag, visit Hangar 7, and to cheer on the Red Bulls Hockey Team in Salzberg, Austria. The remaining Teams arrive today, assembling the airplanes at the Graz Airport.
This is the 8th and final Red Bull Air Race for 2014, an important race concerning the top three contenders for the 2014 World Championship! Nigel Lamb holds a slight lead over Arch and Bonhomme, with only a six point difference. The Race in Spielberg, might just be the most thrilling race yet!
Team Chambliss is already looking ahead to 2015 and concentrating on making the airplane faster. We are looking at every aspect of the Race….aerodynamics of the airplane, training, and the technology of predicting software. Kirby says, ” We are going to have a successful 2015 Race Season!”
Stay tuned for more from Austria….
Kirby’s famous signature takeoff: The Cobra! Video shot with the GoPro Hero3+
The Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas, Nevada, was filled with controversy! The 7th stop in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships encountered high winds on Race Day and the Race was cut short with only one pilot left to fly. The Race Committee used the Quali standings to determined the winner of the Las Vegas Race! Kirby and the rest of the Team were severely disappointed, as Kirby had already made the Super 8 and was looking forward to flying again!
Pete McLeod was awarded 1st, Nigel Lamb 2nd and Matthias Dolderer 3rd, due to their qualification standings. Going into the Final Race, Nigel Lamb, Paul Bonhomme, and Hannes Arch are just six points apart, vying for the Championship!
We want to thank everyone that came out for the Race! We are already preparing for the 2015 season at the Red Bull Air Race World Championships! We will be focusing on how to make the airplane faster, period.
The Team leaves for the 8th and Final Race in Austria on Friday. Again, your support means more than we can say! Thank you to our extended family and friends!
Photos courtesy of Red Bull Air Race
Yesterday was a roller coaster for Team Chambliss!
In the two practice flights before qualifying, Kirby had slightly more than a one second difference between the two times. In the first practice round, Kirby’s time was 51.665, and in the second round, came in with the 2nd fastest time of 50.514. As we said before, this is a flat track without a large vertical element. The times are close, several seconds apart! As we went into Qualifying there was less than 5 knots of wind and very hot making the density altitude high.
In Qualifying Kirby was 11th with 52.511 and Pete McLeod qualified first having a scorching time of 49.588. It is going to be an interesting day with the wind already beginning to blow! That always makes the course a little more difficult for the pilots but interesting for the spectators! The Race is getting ready to start, lots of anticipation here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Who will end up on top today?
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a terrific venue for the 7th race in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. I know the Teams have had a fantastic time this week, with so much to do and see in Vegas!
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Practice, practice, practice, that’s what Friday was all about! The pilots were getting familiar with the track, finding the best line for the best time. Kirby flew three practice rounds with his best time in round 2 at 51.277, putting his best time in 6th place overall. The time to beat was 50.224 and Kirby is looking for another second….Somewhere!
As you may have guessed, there are many factors involved in a good run, engine performance, pilot skill, the fastest line through the tract, and finally, aerodynamics. The Las Vegas track is what is referred to as a flat track, not a lot of vertical element to it.
Qualifying is today and will prove challenging for all competitors! We look forward to seeing you out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this morning! Smoke On!
Photo by Joerg Mitter
Incredible, no jet lag this week! Having two races back to back here in the States is awesome for Team Chambliss! Coming up fast is Qualifying Day and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the perfect place to have the 7th Race in the World Championship Series.
Thursday was a transition day for all Teams, moving from the North Las Vegas Airport to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kirby had his first practice flight at North Las Vegas and went right into the photo flight with Nigel, Pete and Martin. I’m sure you’ve already seen these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There were some spectacular photos taken of the formation flight at Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and on the Las Vegas Strip. This one was with our new camera, the GoPro HERO4, cool, huh?
The transition proved to be a smooth one, even time for a run through the track. Kirby finished the day with two interviews and then headed for the hotel for a well deserved break! Today will be all about practicing through the track, multiple times. Kirby is working on finding the best, most efficient line through the track. Stay tuned for more…
Just a quick preview of what the Fastest Motorsport Series in the World is all about!