The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation.
2018 will see Abu Dhabi play host to the Red Bull Air Race for the 11th time! It will once again set the scene as the action-packed season opener for a brand new World Championship. The Red Bull Air Race will kick off in style, offering fans the perfect racing destination with plenty to see, do and experience away from the racetrack.
The race will take place over the Arabian Gulf's stunning blue waters and fans will be able to witness all the action from the purpose-built race village on the Corniche breakwater. With unrivalled views of the race and the UAE capital's impressive skyline, the arena will be an entertainment focal point for all the family.
When the high speed, low altitude racing is over for the day, Abu Dhabi still has plenty to offer – from Yas Island, home to the iconic Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Arabia's award-winning mega waterpark, Yas Waterworld, to authentic desert experiences, majestic pearl journeys, championship golf courses and unrivalled shopping destinations. For those wanting to get up close to the action, Abu Dhabi's Corniche boasts eight kilometres of pristine beachfront, giving fans a front row seat in breathtaking surroundings. So spread your wings and take off on the ultimate Red Bull Air Race experience with Abu Dhabi.
For the first time in the history of the Red Bull Air Race, the pilots will be going head-to-head in France, in the beautiful city of Cannes.
With five French pilots in the series (three Masters, two Challengers) it will be their first opportunity to experience a home race, and it will be one to remember!
Famous for the film festival, the city on the French Riviera knows how to host an event and thousands of fans are expected to swarm the coastline to get a glimpse of their Air Race Heroes. Make sure you're there on the 21-22 April.
Just as the action heats up, the pilots of the Red Bull Air Race will be staying in Europe for race three of the 2018 season.
It will be the second race on the continent before the pilots head to Budapest in June and Kazan in August. The third race of the season often provides some epic encounters. The pilots have got their early season nerves out of the way and made any needed modifications. They will be fully G-fit and ready to race.
Budapest is the spiritual home of the Red Bull Air Race and will once again be the mid-season stop on the 2018 World Championship calendar. As one of the most popular locations, the Hungarian capital always pulls in a monumental crowd to witness the racing action. In 2009, 650,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube For this season, the pilots head to Hungary on 23-24 June.
Budapest is a true spectacle on the race calendar due to the unique start for the Master Class pilots. They begin their run into the track by flying under the iconic Chain Bridge – something that must be seen with your own eyes.
Split across the Danube, it's a city of two halves – Buda and Pest. The iconic backdrop of the neogothic Parliament building on the Pest side of the river offers fans a stunning panoramic view of the action. On the Buda side of the city, you'll find the Statue of Liberty, on top of Gellért Hill, along with the Citadel. This is why Budapest is regularly featured in the Top 10 list of World's Best Cities.
The second half of the season begins in August with the first visit to Asia.
It will be a race to remember as Yoshihide Muroya returns to his home continent as the World Champion. More than 120,000 fans have turned up to watch him fly over a race weekend and this year promises to be even more amazing when the Red Bull Air Race touches down in Asia on 04-05 August 2018.
The Red Bull Air Race returns to Russia for the second time in the motorsport's history. The pilots touch down in Kazan on 25-26 August 2018.
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia and home to more than a million people. The city lies at the meeting point of the River Volga and Kazanka River, which is overlooked by the Kazan Kremlin – a World Heritage Site.
Kazan is known as the "Sports Capital of Russia" and has hosted such iconic events as the World Fencing Championship, the World Aquatics Championship and is a host city for 2018's FIFA World Cup. The pilots will get their second taste of racing in Russia on the 25-26 August.
After a spectacular debut in 2016, and hosting the 2017 season finale, the Red Bull Air Race returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, USA. Home to the world's biggest single-day sporting event – the historic Indianapolis 500 – and host to the likes of Formula One and NASCAR, the city is primed and ready for even more full-throttle, no-holds-barred racing.
For 2018 the IMS will host the penultimate race of the season, it will be one of the most nail-biting races ever heald at this historic motorsport venue!
The pilots will battle for World Championship points in the racetrack above the world's first purpose-built motor speedway, in an aerial racetrack designed to push them to their limits. Indianapolis is the only US-based stop in 2018 and fans can see the adrenaline-packed action unfold above the Motor Speedway when the Red Bull Air Race touches down in Indianapolis on 06-07 October.
History will be made at this season's finale. For the first time in the history of the Red Bull Air Race a World Champion will be crowned in Asia.
Breaking away from the tradition of a European or American city hosting the final, Asia has been chosen.
With Yoshihide Muroya having a fantastic 2017 season, it seems fitting that his home continent will host this season's climatic closer in November.