Countdown to Race Day!
Kirby flew through the track on two separate training sessions, trying to find the line that he likes best. Jason spent the evening working out a few small details and we’re ready for Quali. There are a couple of training sessions before qualifying late afternoon. Rain is expected, should make the track very interesting….
The pilots didn’t get to fly on the track yesterday, the wind was up with the waves on the Baltic being too high for the barges that hold the pylons. Kirby managed to fly three times between meetings, a photo shoot and a loose fitting on the fuel tank being adjusted.
The Team is in good spirits, hoping for good track results today with the new engine. So far the pierogis and the Polish beer have been a big hit with all the race teams.
Tomorrow is Qualifying, with Race Day on Sunday, coming up fast! Stay tuned for more….
The day in Gdynia was packed full of interviews, briefings, and meetings. In addition to the full schedule Kirby and Jason flew five hours breaking in the engine. After an oil change, everyone seems to be happy with the new engine. The Team stayed late to fix a trim servo that had failed on the last flight. Jason will tell you, it’s never boring, always something to do!
We are excited to be here in Poland for the first time! The weather has been great, nice and warm, the people are super friendly. Race day is coming up fast! Till next time…
The Team got an early start finishing the assembly of 14KN! Surprise…We decided to do an engine change. There is a provision in the rules that allows an engine to be sent back if you feel it is not making the horsepower that was initially assigned to that engine. We must pay a specific amount to do this, so we are definitely taking a chance on the engine coming within the 2% parameters, however we felt like it was worth it! We have a new engine on and we are ready to rock, hopeful this new engine is a good one with plenty of HP’s
The Team has been working super hard! Wish Kirby lots of luck and some great runs here in Gdynia! The Red Bull Air Race is Sunday the 27th and Qualifying the 26th! Smoke on!
Have you ever wondered what the spades do on Kirby’s airplane? Kirby’s Crew Chief, Jason Resop explains….