Title: Red Bull Air Race
Location: Abu Dhabi
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Description: First settled by nomadic tribesmen in 1761, Abu Dhabi is now the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the largest of the seven emirates which make up the country. It is a dynamic, vibrant and modern city. The name literally means “Father of the gazelle’, and the city still retains much of the grace and elegance of its namesake. Bold urban architecture and lush gardens characterise the Emirates’ seat of government – an oil capital. Zayed Port and Abu Dhabi Airport are the hallmarks of a world-class city which boasts superb amenities of every description.
In close partnership with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season will open in Abu Dhabi. This is the sixth consecutive year that Abu Dhabi has hosted the Red Bull Air Race. The action will take place at the Abu Dhabi Corniche on 26 and 27 March, with qualifying taking place on the first day followed by flat-out racing on Friday.
Start Date: 2010-03-26
Start Time: 12:00
End Date: 2010-03-27
End Time: 17:00
The race track in Abu Dhabi is one of the most challenging in the world – for reasons that range from the shifting winds, high-G turns, a changing landscape, an ever-expanding skyline as well as the general pressure of being the season opener.
Abu Dhabi is anything but a routine track for the pilots even though the race box has remained in a similar location. A new beach on the Corniche side of the track will give spectators an excellent vantage point to see the action. The chicane has been moved right in front of the new beach as a tribute to the landmark. The popular turning manoeuvre has also been positioned this year so that the high-G force pull-up is facing the new hotel buildings next to the iconic Emirates Palace.
The Abu Dhabi Race Box has always been tight and this year is even tighter due to the expanded beach area. Another new aspect to the 2010 race in Abu Dhabi is a new location for the Race Airport at Municipality Harbour where a customised runway and the Race Team aircraft hangars are set up on what is normally a shipping pier.
Abu Dhabi is a location that can frustrate even the most experienced pilots. The prevailing winds are typically moderate from one direction in the morning and then switch to strong winds from the exact opposite direction in the afternoon. That makes it difficult for the pilots to use the same race line as the influence of the wind on the planes has the opposite effect in each run. Pilots often say that means there are in essence two different tracks in Abu Dhabi, depending on the wind. Once the competition heats up, it often results in numerous pylon hits as even the slightest misjudgment can result in planes carving through the Air Gates rather than between them.