As the year draws to a close, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my family, my team, sponsors, friends and extended family for their continued support for 2014! It was a year filled with ups and downs, but the silver lining was some great learning experiences! I’ve met some incredible people out there, got to see parts of the world that I have never seen, and connected with old friends from all parts of the globe.
My team worked hard this year! Jason Resop is family in every sense of the word, and my right hand man. Stan Gray, an important part of our team, who came to the rescue many times this year. John Hanlon and Grant Groathouse, always there for me and the rest of the team. We will miss Danny Onofryton, due to his return to the University of North Dakota, but wish him the best and know that education is so important. I welcome Kayla Layton as the new Team Communications Coordinator, recent graduate of Arizona State University. The team is looking forward to working with and getting to know Kayla. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such terrific people!
We begin testing as soon as 14KN returns, which should be next week. We have a lot of work to do before the airplane ships out the middle of January. I’m looking forward to the Red Bull Air Race Championship, to our Air Shows and Exhibitions and to seeing all of you in 2015! I appreciate you following along this year! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you like planes and cars, the ExpoShow in Atlixco/Puebla Mexico is not to be missed! ExpoShow is the new Oshkosh South of the Border that is attracting top aerobatic performers and exotic car dealers from around the world! Make your plans early to be in Mexico for the 2015 show! Kirby says, “I’ve flown the ExpoShow for three years now and always enjoy the tremendous hospitality! The Team has a blast!”
A terrific shot from the ExpoShow in Puebla/Atlixco, Mexico! Kirby Chambliss and Jason Resop having a great time, can you tell? Photo by the new GoPro Hero4!
1. Famous Hangar 7 in Salzberg, Austria
2. Home of Red Bull
3. Apple Strudel
4. The Cool, Crisp Air and…
5. The Styrian Mountain Region, the Green Heart of Austria
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!
Stay connected with us for the latest on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram/KirbyChambliss! Smoke On!
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!”
Stay tuned for more excitement from the Red Bull Air Race!
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…