UPDATE: In May 2019, it was announced that this year’s race season would be curtailed and the series will not return next year.
SALZBURG | The Red Bull Air Race will be heading to new venues this year, with races expected across Europe, North America and Asia.
The race season will begin in Abu Dhabi in February for the traditional season opener before spending the next few months in Europe. This will be followed by two races in Asia and one in Saudi Arabia.
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The location for the second date of the tour has not been decided, but an NBN news report last week said the series would feature a new venue “over the Mediterranean”.
A second unconfirmed venue is planned in Asia, however in previous years, events marked “Asia; TBC” on the Red Bull Air Race’s preliminary schedule have in fact been relocated to Europe. A number of Asian cities are known to have expressed interest in hosting the air race, including Singapore and Hong Kong, while Putrajaya in Malaysia hosted a one-off race in 2014.
Notably, the air race will not land in Budapest this year. While originally scheduled for July, the Mayor of Budapest refused to grant the organisers permission to hold the event. Instead, it will be staged at a new venue on the shore of Lake Balaton.
Some fans have criticised the air race organisers for the late release of their schedule, which was published just ten days before the first race and is still incomplete.
|Feb 8-9||The Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE||RACE|
|Mar 21-23||Dammam Corniche, Dammam, Saudi Arabia||DEMO
|Jun 1-2||Aviatická Pouť Airshow, Pardubice, Czech Republic||DEMO
|Jun 15-16||Kazanka River, Kazan, Russia||RACE|
|Jul 13-14||Zamárdi, Lake Balaton, Hungary||RACE; Moved from Budapest|
|Aug 10-11||Red Bull Race Day, Grenchen, Switzerland||DEMO|
|Sep 7-8||Makuhari Beach, Chiba, Japan||RACE|