Rovinj, Croatia, a small medieval town on the Adriatic Coast. Team Chambliss spent just over a week in Croatia preparing for the Red Bull Air Race!
As I write this update, Kirby is on his way back to Arizona. Thirty hours and three flights later, he’ll be home. Team Chambliss is still in Croatia beginning to disassemble the airplane for the trip to Malaysia. Kirby and the rest of the Team have worked very hard, incredibly long hours to make this week happen.
Here is what Kirby had to say about today’s pylon hit on the number five gate…”It’s going to be catch up, but I don’t have any excuses. It’s little bit windy out there. I was trying to run fast… I’m really disappointed, my team worked really hard to get the plane ready but it’s all on me out there on the track.”
Signing off from the Red Bull Air Race in Croatia 2014!
Red Bull Air Race Qualifying Day came and went, lots packed into one day. The pilots had two training sessions of five minutes each and also had their two qualifying runs. Kirby was pleased with his first qualifying run and was disqualified on his second run for exceeding the entry speed. This left him in seventh place overall and is confident he can make the super eight tomorrow. Due to the new format Kirby will be facing Yoshi tomorrow in the first head to head heat.
For everyone outside the United States, the race will be live on redbullairrace.com, and can be caught on Fox Sports 1 in the USA. Kirby will be the first to fly tomorrow, don’t forget to tune in!
Team Chambliss found training day very interesting! Kirby was so excited to finally be able to fly the course after a week of building, testing, calibration flights, meetings, interviews and water training! Whew!
Kirby did a fantastic job today and made clean runs that many pilots did not. The down side is that one of the gates will be moved for qualifying tomorrow. The gate will be moved overnight and each pilot will have a chance at the track, several times before qualification. The Team was bummed, because this was going to be a huge advantage for Kirby. Kirby has seen the new layout and feels great about it! One thing for sure, this will be an exciting race!
Day three in Croatia and the Team is finally beginning to acclimate to the time change, must be time to go home! Kirby had three test flights today and they all went great! Jason came up with a new inlet design which would have been awesome, but didn’t work out as planned. Temps were too high on the cylinders and we had to move to Plan B. Great effort and thanks for all the hard work Jason!
The plane is flying great and the Team is excited to see Kirby’s run through the track! Tomorrow is a very busy day for everyone!
By the way, we had a photo shoot today and Kirby is excited to share some of these shots with you! Stay tuned!
Day two in Croatia and we were off to an early start! The Team met for breakfast and we all left the hotel together in the speed boat headed to the airport. Jason and Danny finished up the airplane, got ready for the test flight, but wait a minute, Houston we have a problem! The fuel truck that carries 100LL actually had Jet A in it…..To make a long story short, there was no Av-gas at the airport. Thankfully, Matthias had flown his personal plane into Rovinj, so all the teams siphoned fuel out the wings and had enough fuel to get their test flights done. We tend to be very resourceful!
Kirby flew over the track and was happy that it was a bit more challenging than the course in Abu Dhabi. Although he still really misses the quatro from the previous years. The Team was happy with the test flight and we’re pumped about this race and hoping for excellent results! By the way, thanks for all the great support!
This evening we all enjoyed the BBQ dinner with everyone at Air Race! Day two has come and gone, time flies when your having fun! Till tomorrow….
Will you #CatchKirby? September 6th and 7th at the Texas Motor Speedway, the Red Bull Air Race is coming to town! www.redbullairrace.com