The 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Championship to kick off in Abu Dhabi

21st January 2019

For the 12th consecutive season, the quest for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will kick off at 370 km/h above the crystal-blue waters of Abu Dhabi’s famous Corniche. In what has become a traditional highlight on the racing calendar, the motorsport-loving capital of the Emirates will welcome the high-speed, low-altitude action on February 8-9.

The season opener in Abu Dhabi will be the first time to see the 2018 World Champion Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic taking on 13 of the world’s best Air Race pilots in the campaign to defend his title. Keep watching the Red Bull Air Race channels at and for further updates, including the announcement of further stops in the 2019 calendar – coming soon!


About Red Bull Air Race 

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aerial motorsport series that demands a combination of speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, high performance race planes, pilots compete in iconic locations over water and land. The high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability required make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots.

Flying just metres from the ground, 14 Master Class pilots race against the clock whilst reaching speeds of up to 370 km/h, requiring a combination of precision and skill unmatched in the world of aviation. Pilots must be in peak physical condition as they endure forces up to 12G while navigating the technical racetracks made up of air-filled pylons. 

The Air Race was developed in 2003 and is accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), with more than 90 races completed across five continents. As the most advanced aerial challenge in existence, competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the highest accolade for elite pilots. 

A Challenger Cup feeder series was introduced in 2014 with the goal of facilitating the development of the unique skills required for the Master Class for the next generation of pilots.

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