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!
Yesterday was the official arrival day for the Pilots and their Teams. Kirby had been flying, testing and training in Arizona at the Flying Crown Ranch for the past week. Flying out yesterday with Hannes Arch and his Crew Chief, Jason Resop for North Las Vegas. The entire Air Race Crew is busy setting the stage for a spectacular race in the city that never sleeps!
The 7th stop on the 2014 race calendar, should prove to be thrilling! It’s a fierce race to the World Championship status for 2014, with the top three pilots very close, only a 1 point separation! The countdown has started, 2 days, 23 hours, 50 minutes!
Quali Day is the 11th and Race Day is the 12th, doors open at 10am, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! You’re go to website for all things Red Bull Air Race, www.redbullairrace.com. Smoke On!
Full throttle, Kirby’s coming around the corner at the Dallas/Fort Worth Red Bull Air Race! Photo by Joerg Mitter
Tons of fun to be back in the home state of Texas at the Texas Motor Speedway! This year has been a roller coaster for Kirby and the Team, with the best finish being fourth in Poland. It was a bright spot being around so many friends and family this weekend! Thank you for the incredible support!
Race day, the twelve Master Pilots are matched up in heats, depending on where they were postitioned in Qualifying. In the fourth heat, Kirby went head to head with Martin Sonka who came out on top, moving him into the Super 8’s. The winner of the Red Bull Air Race, Dallas/Fort Worth, was Nicholas Ivanoff with a winning time of 54.118. Nigel Lamb followed with 54.253, making this a very close Championship Series for 2014! Paul Bonhomme has a total of 45 points, Hannes Arch and Nigel Lamb are on his heels with 44 points each! Las Vegas should be a very interesting race, indeed!
Heading to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the second week of October to race on the 11th and 12th!
Qualifying Day was hot as advertised! The Hangar Walk and autograph session was busy and fun! Kirby loved seeing all the home fans support him at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Two training sessions were prior to Qualifying, unfortunately the weather moved in and the thunderstorms got to close to the track and Qualifying had to be canceled. The Official Air Race Rules used Kirby’s Qualifying time as his fastest time of the training sessions to determine his position for the race. That puts him in Heat #4 against Martin Sonka from the Czech Republic. The Race starts at 12:20 local at the Texas Motor Speedway. Show up early, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and Smoke On!
Kirby’s schedule today….
Sponsor Hangar Walk 10:00
Parc Ferme’ 11:20
Race Starts 12:20
Hangar Walk 2:35
Pilot appearance at Sky Lounge 3:15