Hungary's Legendary Aerobatics Pilot Péter Besenyei Resigns From Red Bull Racing
Tamás Székely 2015.10.19.
Péter Besenyei, Hungary’s well-known aerobatics pilot has announced in Las Vegas that he concluded his successful career as Red Bull Air Race pilot. The popular sportsman said he wants to spend much more time with his family in the future. The 59-year old pilot finished 13th in Las Vegas, standing currently at the 12th place in combined result. After Besenyei finished his 66th race, he was said goodbye and thank you by thirteen of his fellow pilots in the Red Bull hangar in Las Vegas.
“I have been the member of the team since the very beginning, I was there when Red Bull Air Race was founded. I made the decision on my retirement just couple of days ago”, Besenyei said. “I would like to spend more time with my family and I also want to take on more air shows. I need to pay more attention to my family as well as myself. It is hard to quit, but when a door closes, another one will surely open. It is a wonderful competition, my heart will always be with Red Bull Air Race, but as of now not as a pilot”, he added.
Péter Besenyei is one of the most successful pilots in the history of the Red Bull Air Race and is joint third on the all-time race wins list with eight career victories. He also has 22 podiums in nine seasons. He grew up near Budapest Airport and developed an intense interest in aviation at a young age. He flew a glider for the first time at the age of 15 and soon became an aerobatics pilot, winning assorted national and international championships. He became famous around the world for flying upside down under the Chain Bridge that spans the Danube River in Budapest.