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Red Bull Air Race Held in Budapest This Weekend – For What Could be the Last Time?

2018.06.25.

Red Bull Air Race, a spectacular aerobatics race, was held again in Budapest this weekend. However, it may be the last time, as Budapest Mayor István Tarlós apologized to residents saying the capital will not host the event as long as he remains in office.

On Monday, Tarlós apologized to Budapest residents for the inconvenience caused by the air race, such as the noise and resulting road closures and traffic difficulties, adding that as long as he is the Mayor of Budapest,

this kind of scandalous chaos will not be allowed in the capital.

Last week, green opposition party LMP (Politics Can Be Different) submitted a complaint against the leadership of the capital arguing that while the organizers receive a 1.9 billion forints (EUR 5.8 million) state fund, they only pay 13 million forints (EUR 40 thousand) for the use of public spaces. They added that the race is an environmentally hazardous and potentially lethal competition that disrupts traffic and the lives of Budapest residents for several days.

Petr Kopfstein of the Czech Republic performs during the finals. (photo: Predrag Vuckovic / RBAR)

The Red Bull Air Race, an international series of eight air races, features the world’s best racing pilots in a competition that combines speed, precision and skill. According to the website of the event, pilots are using the quickest, most agile and lightweight raceplanes. This allows the pilots to hit high speeds of 370kph while enduring forces up to 12G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-metre-high, air-filled pylons.

This year, 90,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube in Budapest to watch 14 of the best pilots compete for the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Champion Title. The Budapest leg of the competition was won by Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic, with a time of 57.502s, followed by Mika Brageot in second place, and Matt Hall in third.

English Ben Murphy with his Edge 540 V2 in the best 14 – Red Bull Air Race Master Class category. (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

The race series started in 2003, with Hungarian Péter Besenyei, one of the masterminds behind its inception, as the first victor. The world championship took a three-year hiatus in 2010, later resuming and returning to Hungary in 2014.

We have collected some of the most beautiful pictures from the weekend below:

Japanese Josihide Muroja with his Edge 540 V3 over the Danube (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

Japanese Josihide Muroja flies under the Chain Bridge – Red BUll Air Race, Master Class category. (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

Hungarian world champion aerobatics racer Péter Besenyei with his Corvus Racer 540. (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

Dániel Genevey – Red Bull Air Race, Challenger Class category. (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

Czech Martin Sonka, winner of the Red Bull Air Race Master Class Category with his Edge 540 V3. (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

French Francois Le Vot with his Edge 540 V3 – Red Bull Air Race Master Class category. (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

American Michael Goulian flies in front of the Parliament with his Edge 540 – Red Bull Air Race Master Class category. (photo: Péter Lakatos / MTI)

Czech Martin Sonka, winner of the Red Bull Air Race Budapest, flies under the Chain Bridge with his Edge 540 in the Master Class Category. (photo: Péter Lakatos / MTI)

Czech Martin Sonka, winner of the Red Bull Air Race Budapest, in the finals. (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

Czech Martin Sonka, winner of the Red Bull Air Race Budapest, in the finals. (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

Jetpack demonstration (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

Jetpack demonstration (photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

French Nicolas Ivanoff with his Edge 540 V2 – Red Bull Air Race, Class category. (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

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