RedBull Air Race legend Peter Besenyei led current World Championship leader Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) and rising star Petr Kopfstein (CZE) on a flight through the heart of Budapest, right along the Danube and past the magnificent Hungarian Parliament. “This amazing series has its roots right here in Budapest,” said Besenyei, who retired in 2015. “My heart will always be with the RedBull Air Race, and it’s a pleasure to show these pilots my city from the sky. Approximately 8 years ago I was in Tokyo and Yoshi was leading me over the city. So now I`m very happy to lead him over Budapest.”
Muroya and Kopfstein also soared past the dramatic Liberty Statue that overlooks the region from high on Gellért Hill. They’ll see her again when the racing begins with Qualifying on Saturday, 1 July, followed by Race Day onSunday, 2 July 2017.
About RedBull Air Race: Created in 2003, the RedBull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The RedBull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision , and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.