650,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube back in 2009, when the last Red Bull Air Race World Championship race took place. With a much-awaited reappearance on the calendar this year, once again the city will be alive with race fever on 4-5 July.
The racetrack in Budapest will span the Danube, making it one of the most unique stops on the calendar. Pilots will fly along the river, navigating the complex aerial course where speed will be a key factor in race success. Spectators lining the Danube embankment this weekend will be able to take part in several other activities alongside seeing the world’s best stunt pilots compete, such as extreme sports performances, military presentations and rare types of aeroplanes.
However, the chief attraction will, of course, remain the Red Bull Air Race itself, with qualifiers held on Saturday and the race itself on Sunday. As the eight-race season approaches half-time, competition for the title of champion is becoming ever more fierce, with the table currently lead by Great Britain’s two-times World Champion Paul Bonhomme, followed closely by Australian pilot Matt Hall. Although 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch’s victory in Croatia has enhanced his chances at winning the race hosted by the Hungarian capital, local spectators are doubtless most curious to see the performance of fellow countryman and 2003 World Champion Péter Besenyei with his brand-new aeroplane.
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via szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu and redbullairrace.com