The Ascot Race was an amazing venue for the Red Bull Air Race! This was the first race this year in a stadium setting and the reaction was super positive. Held at the Ascot Racetrack, famous for horse racing with a three hundred year history.
Kirby was disappointed with the results, but says he’s looking ahead to the Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The morning threatened rain, but the weather cleared in time for the Race! The fans filled the stands at the famous track with anticipation!
Kirby was in the second heat going head to head with Hannes. The former champion, had a clean run, no penalties with a time of 1:15.26. Hannes ran a 1:12.98, putting Kirby in the tenth position out of twelve pilots. Kirby and the Team were extremely disappointed!
Paul Bonhomme took first place with 1:11.57 and Nigel Lamb following close behind at 1:11.75! It was a thrilling venue and an excellent race for the UK! Congratulations to Paul for a tremendous win in his home country!
We will see you in Dallas/Fort Worth! Stay tuned!
Crowds rolled into Ascot to see Qualifying and they weren’t disappointed! Ascot was sold out!
Kirby came in with a time that put him in 8th place for the second heat tomorrow against Hannes. Still trying to find the best line today, Kirby says, “It’s really a close race, so if we can find some way to go a little bit faster, be a little bit tighter then we’ll do it!” Stay tuned as we head into Race Day! Smoke on!
The Team’s arrival in London was followed by rain and plenty of it! That would explain why it is so green and lush! We arrived on Tuesday, using Wednesday and Thursday to get over the massive jet lag, made some adjustments to 14KN, do some interviews and media flights! As always, many meetings and briefings that make this event possible and to be carried to millions globally.
Wednesday and Thursday were spent at the High Wycombe Airport, moving to the track today with one practice run. This iconic track has a very long history of racing, only this weekend it will be a different kind of horsepower! Kirby commented, “This is an incredible venue, gorgeous and green with trees everywhere! This is my kind of flying, so much fun!”
Kirby and the Team are looking to improve upon his ranking in Poland with nice clean runs and a great line! Qualifying tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Photo by Joerg Mitter
Kirby’s making his way through the race course in Gdynia, Poland!
As always, we had a fantastic time at EAA! “One week, One Oshkosh” and we made the most of it! A native of Oshkosh, Frank Frassetto was our 2014 Team Chambliss Intern. Frank helped with the Team’s responsibilities, meeting with sponsors, cleaning airplanes, delivering products, and setting up for autograph sessions. Oh, and a few parties too! Frank had a few words of his own…
My name is Frank Frassetto. I was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and am going into my sophomore at the University of Dubuque with a Flight Operations Major. By my 18th birthday I received my private pilot’s license, have accumulated about 100 hours, and now a few hours away from receiving my Instrument Rating.
During EAA AirVenture 2014, I was given the opportunity to work with Kirby Chambliss and his Team. After being a bystander for many years at AirVenture, I was very excited to see a different side of how the convention worked. As the Team traveled back from Poland, where Kirby raced in the Red Bull Air Race, I anxiously awaited their arrival. At a sponsor dinner on Tuesday night, I was introduced to the crew (Kirby, Jason, Danny, and Stan). Trying to get a good nights’ sleep on Tuesday was almost impossible because I kept thinking of all the exciting things that I would be experiencing the rest of the week.
Wednesday started off by helping the Team to get Kirby’s plane ready for him to practice. The rest of the day we had to make sure that the plane was clean and that Kirby was able to get to all of his autograph signings. Making sure that Kirby followed a schedule allowed him to greet as many people as possible. This not only helped Kirby but it also helped his sponsors who held the signings. This brought attention to the sponsor who then made Kirby’s airshow possible.
This schedule continued the rest of the week until the Team departed Oshkosh on Saturday evening. The week that I spent with Team Chambliss exceeded my expectations by a long shot and I could not have asked for a better experience! I would like to thank the entire Chambliss Team for giving me the opportunity to help them this year at AirVenture 2014.
Incredible week of intense competition in Poland! The Team arrived early to install a new engine due to our Team feeling that are current engine had fallen below the 2% parameters. Early in the week, Kirby and Jason flew quit a few hours to break in the new engine. It proved to be a good one and before we knew it, it was time for the practice runs and qualifying…
Kirby had good times in practice and qualifying, enough to qualify 8th with a time of 1:13.25. On Race Day Kirby finished 4th at1:12.91 with Hannes Arch winning the with a blistering time of 1:09.89.
It proved to be an exciting day in Gdynia, Poland for Kirby and his Team! Kirby moved into the Super 8’s with a time of 01:12.31, flying against Matthias who had two penalties, while Kirby incurred only one.
Ivanoff, Bonhomme, Besenyei, and McLeod took penalties in the Super 8, leaving Arch, Lamb, Hall, and Kirby to duke it out in the Final Four! The winning time was 01:09.895 by Hannes Arch with Nigel Lamb close behind. Kirby will head to Ascot in the coming weeks looking to make some improvements. Till next time…
A thrilling day in Gdynia, Poland! Kirby had some great runs in practice and held 2nd place in qualifying until Martin Sonka edged by with a time of 01:12.45. Kirby ended the day 8th with the time to beat coming from Paul Bonhomme, 01:10.98. It was overcast with a few drizzles and completely packed, wall to wall crowds for Quali.
The times are close and the competition incredible! Kirby comments, ” Tomorrow will be tough, I’ll be pushing hard!”
We’re all looking forward to a great Race Day! Stay tuned!
Countdown to Race Day!
Kirby flew through the track on two separate training sessions, trying to find the line that he likes best. Jason spent the evening working out a few small details and we’re ready for Quali. There are a couple of training sessions before qualifying late afternoon. Rain is expected, should make the track very interesting….