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.”
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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
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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