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Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016

Race calendar: The 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will span eight races on four continents with 14 pilots ("Master Class") competing. Master Class pilots comprise Hannes Arch (AUT), Kirby Chambliss (USA), Matthias Dolderer (GER), Michael Goulian (USA), Matt Hall (AUS), Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), Nigel Lamb (UK), François Le Vot (FRA), Pete McLeod (CAN), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Martin Šonka (CZE), Juan Velarde (SPA), as well as Petr Kopfstein (CZE) and Peter Podlunšek (SLO) progressing from the Challenger Cup. The Challenger Cup will see eight pilots flying the official race circuits on race day prior to the first round of the Master Class competition. The Challenger pilots comprise Cristian Bolton (CHI), Daniel Ryfa (SWE), Francis Barros (BRA) and Florian Bergér (GER). The three rookies Mélanie Astles (FRA), Kevin Coleman (USA) and Ben Murphy (UK), and returning Luke Czepiela (POL) will complete the line-up.
Red Bull will again provide standardised Extra EA-330LX planes for the Challenger Cup. The six pilots with the best scores from three races will be invited to the season finale.
Race format: Fastest time from two qualification runs defines ranking for race day. Seven winners of head-to-head races in the Round of 14 proceed to the next stage, plus the fastest loser. The Round of 8 again sees heats with the pilots being reseeded based on the times they clocked in the Round of 14. The fastest from the previous round races against the slowest, and so on. The four winners proceed to the Final 4 where they race against the clock. However, if both pilots in a heat do not post a valid time, another lucky loser will proceed to the next round based on clocked time. This rule change applies to Round of 14 as well as Round of 8. The Challenger Class race will take place before the Round of 14 contest.
Standard engines (Lycoming Thunderbolt AEIO-540-EXP), propellers (Hartzell composite 3-blade "The Claw") and exhaust systems to be employed by all pilots.
Pylons (air gates) are kept 25 m high for safety reasons. Knife edge flying through gates and the quadro gate remain removed from the race format.
Amended scoring: The winner on race day gets 15 points, the second 12 points, the third 9 points, the fourth 6 points, the fifth 5 points, down to one point for ninth place. However, every pilot collecting a DQ in any round will receive no points at all.
Penalties: 3 seconds each for the first two pylon hits in a run; 2 seconds for flying too high, as well as incorrect level flying; 1 second for missing smoke, for entry speed between 201 kn (372.3 km/h) and 201.99 kn (374.1 km/h), as well as for operational violations specific to a given race track. Pulling more than 10 g for more than 0.6 seconds (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis) will result in a DNF.
Note. The general entry speed limit of 200 kn (370.4 km/h) had been reduced by the race committee to 180 kn (333.4 km/h) for the Master Class race in Abu Dhabi.
Disqualification (DQ): Uncontrolled flying (e.g. closer than 10 m to the ground), third pylon hit in a run, crossing the safety line, pulling more than 12 g (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis), entry speed above 202 kn (374.1 km/h), engine RPM above limit (indicated via post-flight analysis), as well as missing the post-flight minimum weight of 698 kg (with a tolerance of -5 kg).
  Location Country Date flown Winner Aircraft Winner
        over Master Class   Challenger Class
  
[67] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 11-12 March 2016 water Nicolas Ivanoff  France Zivko Edge 540 V2 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[68] Spielberg, Red Bull Ring Austria 23-24 April 2016 land Matthias Dolderer  Germany Zivko Edge 540 V3 Florian Bergér  Germany
[69] Chiba, Makuhari Beach (Tokyo Bay) Japan 04-05 June 2016 water Yoshi Muroya  Japan Zivko Edge 540 V3 Cristian Bolton  Chile
[70] Budapest, Danube river Hungary 16-17 July 2016 water Matthias Dolderer  Germany Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden *
[71] Ascot, Ascot Racecourse United Kingdom 13-14 August 2016 land Matt Hall  Australia MXS-R Kevin Coleman  USA
[72] Lausitz, EuroSpeedway Germany 03-04 September 2016 land Matt Hall  Australia MXS-R Florian Bergér  Germany
[73] Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway United States of America 01-02 October 2016 land Matthias Dolderer  Germany Zivko Edge 540 V3 Luke Czepiela  Poland
[74] Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway United States of America 15-16 October 2016 land (All competitions had to be cancelled due to winds exceeding 30 kn / 55 km/h)
 * Rescheduled race which took place on 03-Sep-2016 at Lausitzring in compensation for Budapest race which had to be cancelled due to adverse weather

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016 – Final Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points*
1 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3 3 80.25
2 Matt Hall  Australia AUS MXS-R 2 55.75
3 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 V3   41
4 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS-R   37.75
5 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2 1 35
6 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3 1 31.50
7 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3   30.50
8 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3   30.25
9 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3   25
10 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2   19.75
11 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2   14.25
12 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2   10
13 Peter Podlunšek  Slovenia SLO  Zivko Edge 540 V2   4
14 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  Zivko Edge 540 V3   4
15 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI** Zivko Edge 540 V2   0
 * Round of 8 result counted for Budapest race (i.e. only 75% of available points)
** Cristian Bolton joined as official stand-by-pilot for the last two races following Hannes Arch's death on 8-Sep-2016

RBAR Challenger Cup 2016 – Final Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Season
        index** ranking
1 Florian Bergér  Germany GER  2 28 0.76 1
2 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  2 26 0.64 2
3 Kevin Coleman  USA USA  1 26 0.63 3
4 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL  1 24 0.64 4
5 Ben Murphy  United Kingdom UK    20 0.43 6
6 Mélanie Astles  France FRA    16 0.33 7
7 Francis Barros  Brazil BRA    2 0.07 8
Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI*** 1 20 0.50 5
  * Best of three season races determined the top 6 pilots qualifying for the CC title race in Las Vegas
 ** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season finale (performance index)
*** Moved up to Master Class for last two races

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2015

Race calendar: The 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship spanned eight races on three continents with 14 pilots ("Master Class") competing. Master Class pilots comprised Hannes Arch (AUT), Péter Besenyei (HUN), Paul Bonhomme (UK), Kirby Chambliss (USA), Matthias Dolderer (GER), Michael Goulian (USA), Matt Hall (AUS), Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), Nigel Lamb (UK), François Le Vot (FRA), Pete McLeod (CAN), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), Martin Šonka (CZE) and Juan Velarde (SPA). The Challenger Cup would see seven pilots flying the official race circuits on race day prior to the first round of the Master Class competition. The Challenger pilots comprised Cristian Bolton (CHI), Mikaël Brageot (FRA), Petr Kopfstein (CZE), Peter Podlunšek (SLO), Daniel Ryfa (SWE), plus two rookies for the 2015 season, Francis Barros (BRA) and Florian Bergér (GER).
Red Bull again provided standardised Extra EA-330LX planes for the Challenger Cup. The six pilots with the best scores from three races were invited to the season finale.
Race format (tbc): Fastest time from two qualification runs defines ranking for race day. Seven winners of head-to-head races in the Round of 14 proceed to the next stage, plus the fastest runner-up. The Round of 8 again sees head-to-head races, with the four winners proceeding to the Final 4 where they race against the clock. The Challenger Class race will take place before the Round of 14 contest.
Standard engines (Lycoming Thunderbolt AEIO-540-EXP), propellers (Hartzell composite 3-blade "The Claw") and exhaust systems to be employed by all pilots.
Pylons (air gates) are kept 25 m high for safety reasons. Knife edge flying through gates and the quadro gate remain removed from the race format.
Scoring: The winner on race day gets 12 points, the second 9 points, the third 7 points, the fourth 5 points, down to one point for eigth place.
Penalties: 3 seconds each for the first two pylon hits in a run; 2 seconds for flying too high, as well as incorrect level flying; 1 second for missing smoke, as well as for entry speed between 201 kn (372.3 km/h) and 201.99 kn (374.1 km/h)
Disqualification (DQ; tbc): Uncontrolled flying (e.g. closer than 10 m to the ground), third pylon hit in a run, crossing the safety line, pulling more than 10 g (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis), entry speed above 202 kn (374.1 km/h), as well as missing the post-flight minimum weight of 698 kg (with a tolerance of -5 kg)
⇒ Further reading: Abu Dhabi 2015 race review (15-Feb-2015)
  Location Country Date flown Winner Aircraft Winner
        over Master Class   Challenger Class
  
[59] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 13-14 February 2015 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 Cristian Bolton  Chile
[60] Chiba, Makuhari Beach (Tokyo Bay) Japan 16-17 May 2015 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic
[61] Rovinj, North Beach Croatia 30-31 May 2015 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[62] Budapest, Danube river Hungary 04-05 July 2015 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden
[63] Ascot, Ascot Racecourse United Kingdom 15-16 August 2015 land Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic
[64] Spielberg, Red Bull Ring (F1 circuit) Austria 05-06 September 2015 land Matt Hall  Australia MXS-R Mika Brageot  France
[65] Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas Motor Speedway United States of America 26-27 September 2015 land Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 Mika Brageot  France
[66] Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway United States of America 17-18 October 2015 land Matt Hall  Australia MXS-R Mika Brageot  France
  

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2015 – Final Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 V2 4 76
2 Matt Hall  Australia AUS MXS-R 2 71
3 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 V3 2 34
4 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3 29
5 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3 26
6 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V3 23
7 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS-R 20
8 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3 19
9 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2 15
10 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2 13
11 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3 9
12 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Corvus Racer 540 [59-61]
Zivko Edge 540 V3 [62-66]
8
13 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 V2 0
14 François Le Vot  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2 0

RBAR Challenger Cup 2015 – Final Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Season
        index** ranking
1 Mika Brageot  France FRA  3 28+10 0.84 1
2 Peter Podlunšek  Slovenia SLO  18+8 0.43 5
3 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI  1 24+6 0.60 4
4 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  2 28+4 0.67 2
5 Florian Bergér  Germany GER  14+2 0.30 6
6 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  2 28+0 0.70 3
7 Francis Barros  Brazil BRA  4 0.07 7
* Best of three season races determined the top 6 pilots qualifying for the CC title race in Las Vegas
** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season finale (performance index)

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014

Race calendar: The 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship spanned eight races on three continents with 12 pilots ("Master Class") competing. Master Class pilots comprised Hannes Arch (AUT), Péter Besenyei (HUN), Paul Bonhomme (UK), Kirby Chambliss (USA), Matthias Dolderer (GER), Michael Goulian (USA), Matt Hall (AUS), Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), Nigel Lamb (UK), Pete McLeod (CAN), Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) and Martin Šonka (CZE); Sergey Rakhmanin (RUS) will be the backup pilot. A Challenger Cup would see eleven new pilots occasionally flying the official race circuits on qualifying day, as well as dedicated training camps. The rookie pilots comprised Tom Bennett (UK), Mikaël Brageot (FRA), Petr Kopfstein (CZE), François Le Vot (FRA), Peter Podlunšek (SLO), Daniel Ryfa (SWE), Claudius Spiegel (GER) and Juan Velarde (SPA). In addition, Cristian Bolton (CHI), Lukasz Czepiela (POL) and Halim Othman (MAL) joined the Challenger Cup in April.
Red Bull provided standardised Extra EA-330LX planes for the Challenger Cup. The six pilots with the best scores from three races were invited to the season finale in Austria.
Race format: Fastest time from two qualification runs defines ranking for race day. Six winners of head-to-head races in Top 12 round proceed to next round, plus two fastest runner-ups. The four fastest pilots in the Super 8 round proceed to the Final 4.
Standard engines (Lycoming Thunderbolt AEIO-540-EXP), propellers (Hartzell composite 3-blade "The Claw") and exhaust systems to be employed by all pilots.
Pylons (air gates) grown for safety reasons to 25 m height, from 20 m in previous years. Knife edge flying through gates and the quadro gate have been removed from the race format.
Scoring: The winner on race day gets 12 points, the second 9 points, the third 7 points, the fourth 5 points, down to one point for eigth place.
Penalties: 2 seconds for flying too high, as well as for incorrect level flying, 1 second for missing smoke; revised rules for Gdynia race: 2 seconds for first two pylon hits in a run, 1 second for entry speed between 201 kn and 201.99 kn
Disqualification (DQ): Hitting a pylon, uncontrolled flying (e.g. closer than 10 m to the ground), crossing the safety line, exceeding of the entry speed of 200 kn (370.4 km/h), pulling more than 10 g (indicated via telemetry or post-flight analysis), and missing of the post-flight minimum weight of 698 kg (with a tolerance of -5 kg) will all result in DQ; revised rules for Gdynia race: third pylon hit in a run, as well as entry speed above 202 kn (374.1 km/h) will result in DQ
⇒ Further reading: Mid-season review 2014 (18-May-2014)
  Location Country Date flown Winner Aircraft Winner
        over Master Class   Challenger Class
  
[51] Abu Dhabi, Corniche United Arab Emirates 28 February / 01 March 2014 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 François Le Vot  France
[52] Rovinj, North Beach Croatia 12-13 April 2014 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3 François Le Vot  France
[53] Putrajaya, Putrajaya Lake Malaysia 17-18 May 2014 water Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom MXS-R François Le Vot  France
[54] Gdynia, Seaside Boulevard Poland 26-27 July 2014 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3 Claudius Spiegel  Germany
[55] Ascot, Ascot Racecourse United Kingdom 16-17 August 2014 land Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540 V2 Halim Othman  Malaysia
[56] Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas Motor Speedway United States of America 06-07 September 2014 land Nicolas Ivanoff  France Zivko Edge 540 V2 Mika Brageot  France
[57] Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway United States of America 11-12 October 2014 land Pete McLeod  Canada Zivko Edge 540 V3 Halim Othman  Malaysia
[58] Spielberg, Red Bull Ring (F1 circuit) Austria 25-26 October 2014 land Nicolas Ivanoff  France Zivko Edge 540 V2 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic
  

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014 – Final Standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS-R 1 62
2 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 V3 2 53
3 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 V2 2 51
4 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 V2 2 42
5 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 V3 1 38
6 Matt Hall  Australia AUS MXS-R 33
7 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 V3 21
8 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 V3 18
9 Yoshi Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 V2 10
10 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V3 7
11 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Corvus Racer 540 6
12 Mike Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 V2 3

RBAR Challenger Cup 2014 – Final Standings*
Rank Pilot Races won Total points Season
        index** ranking
1 Petr Kopfstein  Czech Republic CZE  1 20+10 0.50 6
2 Halim Othman  Malysia MAL  2 20+8 0.67 4
3 Mika Brageot  France FRA  1 20+6 0.50 5
4 François Le Vot  France FRA 3 30+4 0.75 1
5 Daniel Ryfa  Sweden SWE  22+2 0.70 2
6 Tom Bennett  United Kingdom UK  22 0.60 3
7 Claudius Spiegel  Germany GER  1 16 0.53  
8 Juan Velarde  Spain ESP  14 0.35  
9 Peter Podlunšek  Slovenia SLO  12 0.30  
10 Cristian Bolton  Chile CHI  8 0.27  
11 Luke Czepiela  Poland POL  8 0.25  
* Best of three season races determined the top 6 pilots qualifying for the CC title race in Spielberg
** Percentage of points won from all attended races until season finale (performance index)

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2010

Race calendar: The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship comprised six races on four continents with 15 pilots competing. The two final scheduled races in Budapest (Hungary) and in Portugal had to be cancelled.
Race format: The ten fastest pilots from either of two qualifying sessions qualified directly for the race. Two more pilots advanced from the Wild Card race to the Top 12. The fastest eight pilots then advanced to the Super 8, whereas the podium was to be determined in the Final 4.
Scoring: The fastest pilot from qualifying received an extra point. The winner on race day got 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 9 points and so on, down to one point for eleventh place.
Penalties: 6 seconds for hitting an air gate, 2 seconds for flying too high, for incorrect knife or level flying as well as for exceeding the entry speed (370 km/h), and 1 second for insufficient smoke.
  Location Country Date Air gates over Winner Aircraft
 
[45] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 26-27 March 2010 13 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[46] Perth, Swan River Australia 17-18 April 2010 17 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3
[47] Rio de Janeiro, Enseada de Botafogo Brasil 08-09 May 2010 15 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3
[48] Windsor (Ontario), Detroit River Canada 05-06 June 2010 15 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3
[49] New York / New Jersey, Liberty State Park United States of America 19-20 June 2010 12 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[50] Lausitz, EuroSpeedway Germany 07-08 August 2010 15 land Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540 V3
 

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2010 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 2 64
2 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 V3 4 60
3 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS-R 54
4 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 41
5 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 33
6 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 33
7 Matt Hall  Australia AUS MXS-R 31
8 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 / V3 26
9 Michael Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 24
10 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN MXS-R 20
11 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP MXS-R 9
12 Yoshihide Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 5
13 Sergey Rakhmanin  Russia RUS MXS-R 4
14 Martin Šonka  Czech Republic CZE Zivko Edge 540 2
15 Adilson Kindlemann  Brasil BRA MXS-R 0

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2009

Race calendar: The 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship comprised six races on three continents with 15 pilots competing.
Race format: The ten fastest pilots from either of two qualifying sessions qualified directly for the race. Two more pilots advanced from the Wild Card race to the Top 12. The fastest eight pilots then advanced to the Super 8, whereas the podium was to be determined in the Final 4.
Scoring: The fastest pilot from qualifying received an extra point. The winner on race day got 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 9 points and so on, down to one point for eleventh place.
Penalties: 6 seconds for hitting an air gate, 2 seconds for flying too high, for incorrect knife or level flying as well as for exceeding the entry speed (370 km/h).
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[39] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 17-18 April 2009 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540
[40] San Diego, Bay United States of America 09-10 May 2009 water Nicolas Ivanoff  France Zivko Edge 540
[41] Windsor (Ontario), Detroit River Canada 13-14 June 2009 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[42] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 19-20 August 2009 water Michael Goulian  USA Zivko Edge 540
[43] Porto / Gaia, Duoro River Portugal 12-13 September 2009 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[44] Barcelona, Bogatell and Nova Icària Beeches Spain 03-04 October 2009 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
 

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2009 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 3 67
2 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 1 60
3 Matt Hall  Australia AUS MXS-R 36
4 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 34
5 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Zivko Edge 540 1 33
6 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS-R 32
7 Mike Mangold  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 31
8 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN MXS-R 24
9 Matthias Dolderer  Germany GER Zivko Edge 540 23
10 Michael Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 1 22
11 Sergey Rakhmanin  Russia RUS MXS-R 17
12 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP MXS-R 16
13 Yoshihide Muroya  Japan JPN Zivko Edge 540 9
14 Glen Dell  South Africa RSA Zivko Edge 540 3
15 Pete McLeod  Canada CAN Zivko Edge 540 1

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2008

Race calendar: Renamed the Red Bull Air Race World Championship after the fifth race of the season, the 2008 championship comprised eight races on four continents with 12 pilots competing. Two more races scheduled for Stockholm (Sweden) and Valencia (Spain) had to be cancelled.
Race format: The fastest times from either of two qualification runs determined the starting order for the race. In Point 1 session the four slowest pilots from qualifying were competing for one championship point for ninth place. From the Super 8 session, the four fastest pilots advanced to the Finals including the fly-off for third place.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 9 points, the second 8 points and so on, down to one point for ninth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[31] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 10-11 April 2008 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[32] San Diego, Bay United States of America 03-04 May 2008 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[33] Detroit, Detroit River United States of America 31 May / 01 June 2008 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[34] Rotterdam, Erasmusbrug The Netherlands 19-20 July 2008 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[35] London, River Thames United Kingdom 02-03 August 2008 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[36] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 19-20 August 2008 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540
[37] Porto / Gaia, Duoro River Portugal 06-07 September 2008 water Hannes Arch  Austria Zivko Edge 540
[38] Perth, Swan River Australia 01-02 November 2008 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
 

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2008 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 2 61
2 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 4 54
3 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 2 46
4 Mike Mangold  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 44
5 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Zivko Edge 540 34
6 Steve Jones  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 33
7 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MXS 30
8 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP MXS 21
9 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Extra 300 SR 19
10 Michael Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 16
11 Sergey Rakhmanin  Russia RUS Zivko Edge 540 2
12 Glen Dell  South Africa RSA Zivko Edge 540 0

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2007

Race calendar: Then called the Red Bull Air Race World Series, the 2007 championship comprised ten races on four continents with 13 pilots competing. Two more races scheduled for Barcelona (Spain) and Acapulco (Mexico) had to be cancelled.
Race format: The fastest times from either of two qualification runs determined the twelve pilots to advance to the Elimination round. The fastest eight pilots entered the quarter final, then the four fastest pilot advanced to the semi-final. In final and consolation final, winner and third place were determined.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 6 points, the second 5 points and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date Air gates over Winner Aircraft
 
[21] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 05-06 April 2007 15 water Péter Besenyei  Hungary Zivko Edge 540
[22] Rio de Janeiro, Enseada de Botafogo Brasil 20-21 April 2007   water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[23] Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park United States of America 11-12 May 2007 16 land Péter Besenyei  Hungary Zivko Edge 540
[24] Istanbul, Golden Horn Turkey 01-02 June 2007 18 water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[25] Interlaken, Military Airfield Switzerland 14-15 July 2007 16 land Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[26] London, River Thames United Kingdom 28-29 July 2007 12 water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[27] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 19-20 August 2007   water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[28] Porto / Gaia, Duoro River Portugal 31 August / 01 September 2007 18 water Steve Jones  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[29] San Diego, Bay United States of America 21-22 September 2007 13 water Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[30] Perth, Swan River Australia 03-04 November 2007   water Nicolas Ivanoff  France Extra 300SR
 

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2007 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Mike Mangold  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 3 47*
2 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 3 47
3 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Zivko Edge 540 2 31
4 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 28
5 Steve Jones  United Kingdom UK Zivko Edge 540 1 17
6 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 16
7 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA CAP 232 / Extra 300 SR 1 7
8 Michael Goulian  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 6
9 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK MX2 5
10 Hannes Arch  Austria AUT Zivko Edge 540 3
11 Frank Versteegh  Netherlands NED Zivko Edge 540 3
12 Sergey Rakhmanin  Russia RUS Zivko Edge 540 0
13 Klaus Schrodt  Germany GER Extra 300S 0
* With identical scores as Bonhomme, Mangold was declared champion based on better qualifying results

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2006

Race calendar: Then called the Red Bull Air Race World Series, the 2006 championship comprised eight races on four continents with 11 pilots competing. The third scheduled race at St. Petersburg (Russia) had to be cancelled.
Race format: The combined time from two qualification rounds determined the starting order for the race. The fastest combined time from two runs on race day determined the winner.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 6 points, the second 5 points and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[13] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 16-18 March 2006 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[14] Barcelona, Bogatell and Nova Icària Beeches Spain 05-06 May 2006 water Péter Besenyei  Hungary Zivko Edge 540
[15] Berlin, Tempelhof Airport Germany 26-27 May 2006 land Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[16] Istanbul, Golden Horn Turkey 28-29 July 2006 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[17] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 19-20 August 2006 water Steve Jones  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[18] Longleat, Warminster (Wiltshire) United Kingdom 02 September 2006 land Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom Zivko Edge 540
[19] San Francisco, Marina Green and Aquatic Park United States of America 06-07 October 2006 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[20] Perth, Swan River Australia 18-19 November 2006 water Péter Besenyei  Hungary Zivko Edge 540
 

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2006 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 4 38
2 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Extra 300S, Zivko Edge 540 2 35
3 Mike Mangold  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 30
4 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Extra 300S 1 26
5 Michael Goulian  USA USA Extra 300S, MX2 11
6 Steve Jones  United Kingdom UK Extra 300S 1 8
7 Klaus Schrodt  Germany GER Extra 300S 7
8 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA Extra 300SP 7
9 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP Zivko Edge 540 3
10 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK Extra 300S 3
11 Frank Versteegh  Netherlands NED Extra 300L, MX2 0

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2005

Race calendar: The first Red Bull Air Race World Series in 2005 comprised seven races on four continents with 10 pilots competing for the first official championship.
Race format: From the second race of the season on, the fastest combined time from two runs determined the winner.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 6 points, the second 5 points and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[6] Abu Dhabi, Port of Mina' Zayid United Arab Emirates 07-08 April 2005 water Péter Besenyei  Hungary Extra 300S
[7] Rotterdam, Erasmusbrug The Netherlands 12 June 2005 water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[8] Zeltweg, A1-Ring Austria 25-26 June 2005 land Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[9] Rock of Cashel Ireland 26-27 July 2005 land Péter Besenyei  Hungary Extra 300S
[10] Longleat, Warminster (Wiltshire) United Kingdom 06-07 August 2005 land Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[11] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 20-21 August 2005 water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
[12] San Francisco, Marina Green and Aquatic Park United States of America 08-09 October 2005 water Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
 

Red Bull Air Race World Series 2005 – Final standings
Rank Pilot Aircraft Races won Total points
1 Mike Mangold  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 5 36
2 Péter Besenyei  Hungary HUN Extra 300S 2 32
3 Kirby Chambliss  USA USA Zivko Edge 540 21
4 Klaus Schrodt  Germany GER Extra 300S 18
5 Paul Bonhomme  United Kingdom UK Extra 300S 17
6 Steve Jones  United Kingdom UK Extra 300S 12
7 Nicolas Ivanoff  France FRA CAP 232, Extra 230 11
8 Frank Versteegh  Netherlands NED Extra 300L 0
9 Alejandro Maclean  Spain ESP Suchoi Su-26, Extra 300L 0
10 Nigel Lamb  United Kingdom UK Extra 300L 0

Red Bull Air Race, First Season 2004

Race calendar: The first Red Bull Air Race season 2004 comprised three races on two continents with 11 pilots competing.
Race format: The fastest combined time from two runs determined the winner. Cone shaped air gates were introduced which would withstand higher wind speeds than the original cylindrical ones.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 6 points, the second 5 points and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[3] Kemble (Gloucestershire), RAF Airfield United Kingdom 20 June 2004 land Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[4] Budapest, Danube River Hungary 20 August 2004 water Kirby Chambliss  USA Zivko Edge 540
[5] Reno, Airfield United States of America 18 September 2004 land Mike Mangold  USA Zivko Edge 540
 

Red Bull Air Race, Test Events 2003

Race calendar: Two Red Bull Air Race test events took place in Europe in 2003 following design, development and testing of the new air race concept since 2001. A total of 7 pilots showed up in the two races.
Race format: The fastest combined time from two runs determined the winner.
Scoring: The winner on race day got 6 points, the second 5 points and so on, down to one point for sixth place.
Penalties: 10 seconds for hitting a gate, 3 seconds for flying too high, as well as 3 seconds for incorrect knife or level flying.
  Location Country Date over Winner Aircraft
 
[1] Zeltweg, A1-Ring Austria 28 June 2003 land Péter Besenyei  Hungary Extra 300L
[2] Budapest, Tököl Airport Hungary 20 August 2003 land Péter Besenyei  Hungary Extra 300L