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Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race weekend kicks off

Watch Arabian Business correspondent Ed Attwood take a spin in a Red Bull plane.

Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race weekend kicks off
AIR RACE: Actual qualifying for the first race of the season will take place on Friday, with two rounds taking place at 3pm and 4pm respectively. (Getty Images)

The Red Bull Air Race returns to Abu Dhabi this weekend to begin another world championship season, with fifteen pilots hurtling around a four-mile track in order to try and win maximum points.

Each highly tuned aircraft is required to fly through a series of Air Gates – built from ripstop nylon – in the fastest time possible.  

Training for Saturday’s final has already begun, with British world champion Paul Bonhomme carrying on where he left off last season taking the best time over both the first sessions.  

Bonhomme’s archrival Hannes Arch placed third, while Nicholas Ivanoff’s revamped plane helped him to take second.  

Actual qualifying for the first race of the season will take place on Friday, with two rounds taking place at 3pm and 4pm respectively.   

On Saturday, the races will begin at 2.15pm , with the final taking place at 4.20pm.



Click here to watch Arabian Business correspondent Ed Attwood take a spin (literally) in a Red Bull plane. 

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