2018 Event Review

4th air race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship- July 23-24, 2018

Location:Budapes, Duna river bank
Admission: Free & variety of ticket tickets, the cost of the most expensive 1000 EUR
Parking: Use the excellent public transit!
Value: Excellent
Rating out of 10: 10

 
Péter Besenyei at Red Bull 2018 Budapest
The 4th air race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series was held in Budapest, Hungary on July 23‐24. The race is very unique in Budapest, apart from the fact that it is held in the heart of this very beautiful scenic city, over the Danube River the pilots have to fly under the Chain Bridge to start their race. Hungary's own Péter Besenyei, a Red Bull Air Race legend who was instrumental in pioneering the sport, won the Budapest race in 2003. It was he who first flew under the Chain Bridge to prove the concept.

Massive crowds 135,000 spectators lined both banks of the Danube, with thousands of Czech fansamong them watched ecstatically as Martin Šonka took his first "MASTER" win of the season. France had much to celebrate on Sunday as well, when young Frenchman Mika Brageot earned his careerfirst race podium in second, and in third place, Matt Hall of Australia tightened his grip on the top of the World Championship standings. Unfortunately, Pete McLeod from Canada was disqualified for pulling to many G's during his first round in the race. The race consists of two different classes: Challenger Cup and of the MASTER. The Challenger Cup was set up for the new and less experienced pilots, who by winning the year long series of races have a chance to move up to the MASTER class. To entertain the crowds before the race started there was an air show which included flyby of Hungarian Air Force's MI‐8 Helicopter, two JAS39 Grippen, Airbus A319 and C‐17 Globemaster III, severalaircraft owned by the Red Bull such as the B‐25, T‐28, Alphajet, and of course flying demo by Péter Besenyei.

 Chain Bridge start of race
To entertain the crowds before the race started there was an air show which included flyby of Hungarian Air Force's MI‐8 Helicopter, two JAS39 Grippen, Airbus A319 and C‐17 Globemaster III, severalaircraft owned by the Red Bull such as the B‐25, T‐28, Alphajet, and of course flying demo by Péter Besenyei.
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Report and photography by István Kelecsényi for The Aviation Magazine unless as noted.

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Martin Sonka the winner!
 
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