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Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

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

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Qualifying Day, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

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!

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Team on Facebook/Kirby Chambliss, Twitter/@KirbyChambliss and Instagram/KirbyChambliss. Smoke On!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

Practice, practice, practice, that’s what Friday was all about! The pilots were getting familiar with the track, finding the best line for the best time. Kirby flew three practice rounds with his best time in round 2 at 51.277, putting his best time in 6th place overall. The time to beat was 50.224 and Kirby is looking for another second….Somewhere!

As you may have guessed, there are many factors involved in a good run, engine performance, pilot skill, the fastest line through the tract, and finally, aerodynamics. The Las Vegas track is what is referred to as a flat track, not a lot of vertical element to it.

Qualifying is today and will prove challenging for all competitors! We look forward to seeing you out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this morning! Smoke On!

Photo by Joerg Mitter

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Hot Off the Press, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas, 2014!

Incredible, no jet lag this week! Having two races back to back here in the States is awesome for Team Chambliss! Coming up fast is Qualifying Day and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the perfect place to have the 7th Race in the World Championship Series.

Thursday was a transition day for all Teams, moving from the North Las Vegas Airport to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kirby had his first practice flight at North Las Vegas and went right into the photo flight with Nigel, Pete and Martin. I’m sure you’ve already seen these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There were some spectacular photos taken of the formation flight at Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and on the Las Vegas Strip. This one was with our new camera, the GoPro HERO4, cool, huh?

The transition proved to be a smooth one, even time for a run through the track. Kirby finished the day with two interviews and then headed for the hotel for a well deserved break! Today will be all about practicing through the track, multiple times. Kirby is working on finding the best, most efficient line through the track. Stay tuned for more…

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 20

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.