Kirby and his Crew Chief, Jason Resop, are out for a joy ride! Photo courtesy of the GoPro Hero3!
Race day found the Team sleeping a little later with the race not starting until 3:30pm local. Kirby went for a run this morning before going out to do a quick test flight. The plane was running rough yesterday and Jason had cleaned the plugs and made some adjustments. All was well and then off to the pilot briefing, shaking a few media and sponsors’ hands and then settling down to think about the game plan. Soon it was time to race! Kirby was third to go and ready to rock! Toward the end of his run, the judges called him high and added a +2 second penalty to his score, which put him out of the Super 8. Kirby and the entire Team are disappointed! Kirby felt like he had a good run and with his tremendous personality and positive outlook, he is already looking forward to racing in beautiful Croatia.
Kirby has five more events before he leaves for the next race. The first one in Las Vegas, preshow for NASCAR.
The rest of the Team will stay one more day to disassemble the plane and get it packed up and ready to ship to Croatia. We have all worked hard and had some fun in the beautiful city of Abu Dhabi. We want to thank everyone for a huge show of support! We would like to congratulate Paul Bonhomme on a race well run!
As always, stay tuned, there is more to come!
Check out some our our favorite photos from the first Red Bull Air Race of 2014!
Getting down to Race Day! The Team headed to the airport in an Audi A8 provided by Audi, one of the Red Bull Air Race sponsors for 2014!
Late Thursday night we found we would have the opportunity to fly a second training session before the qualifying race. The qualifying race was exciting, first to be racing again and midway into the competition the wind changed 180 degrees causing a few pylon hits. A pylon hit is a thrill for the crowd and the television crew, but results in a “Did Not Finish” for the pilot. In qualifying, the pilots are given two runs. Kirby clipped a pylon in the first run and strategically ran the second run somewhat conservatively. All twelve pilots were within seconds of separation, it’s going to be close tomorrow!
After the competition the media and some of the guests came to pit lane to meet the pilots, it truly is a global event! Kirby met friends from China, Greece, Italy Germany, Austria and Kuwait, just to name a few! It was a super day, but a long one. It will be time shortly to start another day in the UAE, so stay tuned for Race Day!
I am also sorry to say that the US will not be able to watch the live webcast, as we reported earlier. Please tune into Fox Sports 1 on Monday night at 9:30pm ET for the full coverage of the Red Bull Air Race, Abu Dhabi 2014!
Kirby is practicing in his make shift race course of Red Bull cans! Go Kirby!
Good afternoon friends! The schedule is heating up here in Abu Dhabi, right along with the temps in the UAE…
Kirby had two turns at the track yesterday morning! He was interviewed extensively and had a second briefing that was followed by a hangar walk with the delegates from countries that will be hosting the races this year. Eight countries, three continents, sounds like a busy year of travel for Team Chambliss.
Tomorrow, Kirby will have one last run on the track, before qualifying in the afternoon. The standardized racing engines and standardized racing propellers are making the competition extremely close. This race will be won literally, on split seconds.
Please make sure to visit our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for the latest pics and info-@KirbyChambliss. Saturday is race day! Have you made your plans to watch? Find out your stations and local times around the world on www.redbullairrace.com or watch it live at live.redbull.tv If you have the Red Bull TV apps on your smart phone, Apple TV and XBox 360, you can watch it there too. Live webcast will take place on March 1st at 7am-8:30am EST, 1pm-2:30 CET (Central European time), 4pm-5:30 local time in the UAE.
If you can’t watch it live, check it out on Monday March 3rd at Fox Sports 1 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT. See you there! More to come, stay tuned!
Wow, the time is flying by…..We have been so busy the last ten days! Our new home is a runway painted on a port dock, at the edge of the water! I guess you could say that every landing will be on the edge! Red Bull Air Race is all about a temporary runway where it is needed, as we have seen in prior races.
Kirby and the rest of the pilots did hero shots today with downtown Abu Dhabi as a backdrop! Kirby led a three ship formation flight close to iconic landmarks, which was filmed by photographers following in a helicopter and an airplane. One of the landmarks was a newly built F1 Track, “It’s huge and really incredible”, said Kirby.
Tomorrow is our last day before qualifying day. The day will be filled with media, sponsors, briefings and two training flights before noon. It will be our first time on the actual race track, with three flights left before qualifying. The excitement is building!
In the US, the race will be shown on Fox Sports 1, March 3rd at 9:30ET/6:30PT. If you live outside the US, please check redbullairrace.com for a list of countries and stations that will be carrying the race.
You can always watch the live webcast on live.redbull.tv.com More to come, stay tuned!
Professional baseball player, CJ Wilson was in the hot seat and having to answer trivia questions! Kirby says, “CJ did an amazing job, with both the questions and the ride!”
Team Chambliss is packed and moving locations today, leaving Ras Al Khaimah, moving to Abu Dhabi! Many things have been accomplished this last week and we are ready to race!
Kirby flew three times yesterday, and had some nice runs. Kirby commented, “I feel great about racing again and I’m thrilled to have ExpoShow, Dallas Airmotive and Tempest on board!”
Kirby will fly 14KN to Abu Dhabi this morning! The rest of the Team is driving and our tool boxes and equipment will be transported later today. Most of the day will be spent in transit… Seems to be getting warmer here, Kirby should feel right at home! More to come, stay tuned!
Our Team arrived on Sunday and Kirby on Monday! The eleven hour time change has been tough for the entire Team! It’s like flipping your live upside down, along with your mind and body! A week in, we’re getting the hang of it.
The first few days we were putting the airplane together, lots of team work involved! We also were getting the telemetry equipment installed, which can be time consuming. We have had fire training, interviews, photos, tons of meetings and briefings prior to Kirby being able to fly on the track.
As all the preparations are taking place, there is an air of excitement. It’s the bigger picture and to be a part of the rebirth of the Red Bull Air Race is incredible and exciting!
Kirby has had some terrific practice sessions and has the airplane flying just like he likes it! Is it fast, you ask? Of course, but there will be plenty of competition with all the very experienced pilots! Kirby says, I’m just pumped to be on the track and getting some good runs in!”
You will be happy to know that each race will be broadcast live via www.redbullairrace.com.
RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ABU DHABI
Team Chambliss is assembled and ready to rock for 2014!
We are stoked about the first race in Abu Dhabi and look forward to the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Series! Kirby comments on the first race, “My Team and I are very excited about racing again in 2014, as always we will be pushing hard to win!”
Lucky to have such terrific and qualified people in our corner, Jason Resop serves as the Team’s long standing Crew Chief and Ferry Pilot. John Hanlon is our favorite IA, and helps with all maintenance on the fleet. Jay Stewart and Grant Groathouse work for the Team part-time throughout the year, including ferrying airplanes. Debby Standefer is our new Team Communications Coordinator at each Red Bull Air Race.
Danny Onofryton (not in photo) is our first Intern and worked for Team Chambliss at AirVenture Oshkosh in 2013.
Welcome aboard and smoke on!
To read more about the Team, check out our Team Page! Stay tuned for a daily diary from the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi, UAE!
1. Berlin, Germany at Tempelhof Airport 2006
2. New York, USA 2010
3. Longleat, England 2006
4. San Diego, USA 2009
5. Windsor, Canada 2010