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Race Day, Red Bull Air Race, Fort Worth 2014!

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!

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Qualifying Day, Red Bull Air Race, Fort Worth 2014!

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

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull air Race, Fort Worth 2014!

Good Morning everyone! Did we mention that it is really hot here, so wear some cool clothing this weekend.

Yesterday was used as a training day at the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. The morning started with a live interview with FOX News, followed by three training sessions. Kirby flew progressively better each session and was pleased with the results, even found a few places where he could pick up a little time.

Today is Qualifying, gates open at 9am. There are additional training sessions this morning.

Our schedule today….

Kirby will be out at the Public Hangar Walk after the briefing this morning, approximately 11am

Training Session #4 is at 2pm

Training Session #5 is at 2:45pm

Qualifying is at 5:05pm and

The Hospitality Hangar Walk is at 6:15

There are many, many events today at the Texas Motor Speedway, including the Challenger Race and some side acts, so come out and enjoy!

We are looking forward to seeing you today! Smoke On!

Don’t forget, you can catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 on Monday September 15th at 7:30pm ET.

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Fort Worth 2014!

Yesterday was one of the busiest days for the Team! Kirby had a very early start with a Weather Channel interview, then a morning training session. Trying out a few new things and happy with the results! The last event at Alliance Airport was the interview with CBS News, check that out on Saturday morning and Saturday night on CBS!

Moving to the Texas Motor Speedway for the afternoon training session, Kirby is getting a good feel for the track! Kirby was happy with the results, no penalties, and says, “I am excited to be in Texas, looking forward to racing at TMS!”

Kirby finished the day with a formation flight at the Speedway, the pictures should be awesome. We’ll be posting some of those later today.

The Team is already back at it today, so make sure to stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our latest updates!

Photo by GoPro

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Fort Worth 2014!

Super excited to be in the great State of Texas! Kirby and the Team arrived on Monday night and Tuesday was what we call the build up day. Jason and Grant worked together on the assembly of 14KN and managed to finish by sunset, just in time for a photo shoot!

Today will start with briefings, followed by several interviews and test hops at the Alliance Airport. The interviews continue into the afternoon, finishing up with meetings that are scheduled into the evening hours!

The Team is pumped to be in the US, let alone Texas! We are looking forward to seeing our friends and connecting with new ones! This race will be interesting and a completely new type of speed for the Texas Motor Speedway! We are happy to be here and I know you can’t wait either! Don’t forget about the Team Chambliss App to stay connected! Go to http://www.appcat.com/teamchambliss on your mobil phone and hit install our app and bang, you’re part of the Team! Stay tune for more….

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Red Bull Air Race Ascot, England!

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.

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Race Day, Red Bull Air Race, Ascot, England 2014!

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!

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Qualifying Day At Red Bull Air Race, Ascot, England, 2014!

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!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Ascot 2014!

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

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 19

History:

- Five time winner of the U.S. national aerobatic championship. - Current residence: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ - He is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. - One of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race world championship. - Flown more than 70 types of aircraft and logged over 26,000 hours ( that's three years!) in the air.