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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Red Bull Air Race is flying back to Abu Dhabi

World's best pilots will battle for victory over the Corniche

Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Martin Sonka of Czech Republic and Nicolas Ivanoff of France along the skyline of the city of Abu Dhabi before the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 6, 2017. The race returns to the capita on the weekend of February 2 and 3 capital. Courtesy: Red Bull
Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Martin Sonka of Czech Republic and Nicolas Ivanoff of France along the skyline of the city of Abu Dhabi before the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on February 6, 2017. The race returns to the capita on the weekend of February 2 and 3 capital. Courtesy: Red Bull

The excitement of the Red Bull Air Race is barely a week away.

It means 13 of the world’s best pilots will be battling it out over the Abu Dhabi Corniche during the weekend of February 2 and 3.

Competing at speeds of 370kph, and overcoming forces of up to 10G, the pilots in the eight-race series make their 2018 debut in the capital.

This year’s international contest sees a new racing aircraft, the Edge 540 V2, and the return of the strong Great Britain team, lead by Ben Murphy, a former leader of the Red Arrows, the acrobatic display team of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

Competitors fly round an obstacle course, with penalties if they hit or fly outside the course marker pylons. The Red Bull series is due to end in November.

Martin Sonka the Czech Republic performs during the qualifying day at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on February 10, 2017. // Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170210-02738 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // Courtesy Red Bull
Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic performs during the qualifying day at the first stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on February 10, 2017. Joerg Mitter / Red Bull