The Spielberg Race was a magnificent finish to the 2014 season, a sold out crowd of 35,000+ spectators in Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring. Britain’s Nigel Lamb came out on top winning the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championships. Lamb’s second place finish in Las Vegas put him over the top in the point standings. Hannes Arch, the local favorite, had a disappointing day taking 4th place in the Red Bull Ring, meaning his bid for the World Championship was lost. Nicholas Ivanoff, never to be counted out, was the winner of the Spielberg Race! Nigel Lamb, a close second followed by Martin Sonka.
Going into the Top 12, Kirby was matched with Matt Hall, only split seconds apart, Matt received a 2 second penalty and Kirby inched into the Super 8. Kirby, finishing 7th overall with a time of 58.298.
“I ran real nice lines yesterday, happy with my flying but missing the final four by a half a second. We’ll spend the winter working on the airplane, testing and practicing, making all necessary changes to secure to top spot for 2015. I appreciate all the hard work from my Team. Jason Resop, my Crew Chief had been supportive, doing a fantastic job! We are going to miss Danny Onofryton, who started out as an intern and ended up being my Team Communications Coordinator. He’s returning to the University of North Dakota to finish his college education. Grant Groathouse and Stan Gray, also terrific! I am looking forward to working with Michael Reid, our aeronautical engineer and newest member of the Team. Looking ahead to 2015 and expecting great things!”
Smoke off for now, from the Red Bull Air Race World Championships!
This was a day of ups and downs for Team Chambliss! The last training session began early afternoon with Kirby trying some new lines, incurring six seconds of penalties, leaving him in 12th for the training session. Kirby feeling like a different angle might lead to a faster time, ultimately choosing to go back to the original plan.
Qualifying came up quick and Kirby was second to fly. In Quali the pilots get two runs through the track and use the best of the two times. Kirby’s best time 57.642 on his second run, hedging by Mike Goulian who ran a 57.660. The first position was secured by Austrian Hannes Arch at 55.545, followed by Matthias Dolderer, Martin Sonka and Nigel Lamb.
It was a crisp, sunny day in the Styrian Mountains, the views stunning. We are expecting more of the same tomorrow in this incredible alpine venue! Kirby’s scheduled to go head to head with Matt Hall in the second heat, nothing less than electrifying!
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The Red Bull Ring in the Styrian Mountains are the picturesque backdrop for the 8th and final Red Bull Air Race this year!
There are two training sessions scheduled for today, morning and afternoon. Kirby feels like there are many challenges to this course, the harder the course is, the better he tends to perform. In the first training session, Kirby had the third fastest time with Hannes and Nigel in front. The second training session proved more difficult as the pilots were getting use to the track, Kirby posting the 8th fastest time.
Kirby has been on the podium at least once in all nine seasons that he has raced, until 2014, making this an unprecedented year. Kirby has been one of the most successful pilots in the sport’s history, making this year a frustrating one for Team Chambliss.
Keeping the mood positive, but looking ahead, Kirby says, “Maybe we can turn it around this week. We are looking forward to 2015.” Kirby continued, ” We will be looking at everything, and making the necessary changes.”
Till next time! Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram/KirbyChambliss.
Photo by Joerg Mitter
Today was a transition day for the race, relocating from the Graz Airport to the Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. All Teams gearing up for the grand finale with the top three pilots headed for a showdown!
The weather was just good enough to make the flight through the mountains and land on the make shift short and narrow runway at the Red Bull Ring. As the pilots were landing, plenty of crew members were holding their breath and then a sigh of relief when they were safely on the ground. The elevation change during the course of this track is just over 200 feet. This will be an interesting race, given all the challenges here at the newly renovated Red Bull Ring.
Excited to start training tomorrow, trying to find the best line, Kirby says, “Looking forward to the challenge!”
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Fabulous formation flight over Lake Mead with four Red Bull Air Race Pilots, Kirby Chambliss, Nigel Lamb, Pete McLeod and Martin Sonka! Photo by GoPro
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