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Croatia Added To Red Bull Air Race World Championship Tour

Well, this is sort of an strange post to make in the middle of winter, with large parts of Croatia recently blanketed in snow and ice, and with even the Sochi Winter Olympics just starting up, but this is a pretty prestigious event to host and worth mentioning. I'm sure the reader already knows about the various sporting and other extreme events that Red Bull is behind, (see Redbulltv) but I bet you didn't know though that the man behind Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, has Croatian ancestry too.

Rovinj is almost made for an event like this, I guess that's why there's various yachting/regatta events that take place around Rovinj in the summer also. For those not in the know, the Istra region of Croatia also borders with the Istra peninsula region of Slovenia and Italy. This will probably be a good pre-summer event to enjoy some great scenery, exciting areal competitions and probably good food before the hotter weather and busier part of the year arrives. This will definitely be great exposure for Croatia and especially for the town of Rovnj, and of course for this extreme sport of air racing......


Croatia to Host Red Bull Air Race World Championship Event


With the Red Bull Air Race about to return to the skies in February, an eighth race has been added to the 2014 calendar as the world's fastest motorsport series makes a first-ever stop in the Croatian town of Rovinj, a gem on the Adriatic Sea near Slovenia, Austria and Italy.

The Red Bull Air Race 2014 World Championship announced on January 30th that it will add a third stop in Europe with a race in the enchanted Croatian town of Rovinj on April 12/13 and thus extend the world's fastest motorsport series to a total of eight stops in seven countries on three continents. "It is a great honour and pleasure that the Red Bull Air Race is coming to Rovinj providing us with the opportunity to show the whole world how beautiful and unique our town is. Without a doubt, I am sure that the town of Rovinj in partnership with Adris Group will provide a perfect setup for the World Championship, and deliver a world-class experience for everyone attending this exciting motorsport event", says the mayor of Rovinj Giovanni Sponza.

The announcement of the eighth stop in 2014 comes just four weeks before the kick-off of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on February 28/March 1. Britain's Paul Bonhomme, who won the last two titles, will be looking to win a third consecutive championship against 11 of the world's top pilots from nine other nations in the high-speed, low-altitude sport. There will also be races this year in Malaysia, Poland, Great Britain, the United States and China.

Rovinj, a picturesque port town on the western coast of Istria with a rich natural and cultural heritage with beautiful landmarks, is one of the most attractive locations in Europe, a popular tourist resort with an old town on a peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. It is a charming town of artists, fishermen with stone streets and pretty facades with a rich Mediterranean culture full of joie de vivre in its streets, galleries, taverns and restaurants. The race in Croatia will also pay tribute to rich tradition of aviation in the entire region, which includes Slovenia, Austria and Italy. "We're really excited to be going to Croatia for the first time in the history of the Red Bull Air Race," said Sergio Pla, head of aviation at Red Bull Air Race. "Croatia is full of fans and has, along with the entire Adriatic region, a long tradition in aviation, with many active sports pilots, high-tech aircraft and parts manufactures along with a lot of lovely small airport strips. They are blessed with the gorgeous Adriatic Sea."

Basics of Red Bull Air Racing.

The challenging race track in Rovinj will be set up along the north beach close to the old town and will provide the thousands of fans expected to watch a most spectacular backdrop for the second stop of the 2014 season. "The track is going to be tight with high G turns and the big challenge could be the Bura winds," said Pla, referring to the gusty winds from the north that can wreak havoc throughout the Adriatic east coast and entire region. "If the winds show up, the race conditions will become marginal," Pla added. It will be the first race staged on the Mediterranean Sea since the final race of the 2009 season in Barcelona.

The Rovinj location guarantees only the best views for spectators. The fully ticketed event is a once in a lifetime experience, available for any budget with ticket prices starting from just 13 Euros.

After the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi over the Arabian Gulf's sparkling blue waters and the second leg in Rovinj, the Red Bull Air Race 2014 World Championship moves to first-ever stops in Putrajaya, Malaysia on May 17/18, the Baltic Sea city of Gdynia, Poland on July 26/27, and the Ascot Racecourse in Great Britain on August 16/17. It then moves to the United States with two further debut locations, the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, on September 6/7 and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on October 11/12, before concluding in China on November 1/2.

Behind the scenes look at preparations for the Red Bull Air  Racing event.

In and around Rovinj.

The Red Bull 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 and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 25 metres high.

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