• Corinne Tuddenham-Finn

2016 World Champion Matthias Dolderer (GER) in preparation for the Red Bull 2018 Air Race title

Breathtaking views... “It’s always a pleasure to show my friends some magical places of my home country." 2016 World Champion Matthias Dolderer (GER) in preparation for the Red Bull 2018 Air Race title


Perched dramatically on a cliff, the 19th-century Neuschwanstein looks like something from a fairytale, while the Zugspitze stretches even higher, its sheer rock face reaching an elevation of 2,962 meters, the highest peak in Germany. By contrast, when glamourous Cannes rolls out the red carpet for the sport on the French Riviera, the field of 14 world-leading pilots will face off near sea level, speeding at 370kmh through a racetrack of pylons that rise just 25 meters above the bay. Tickets are on sale now for all three action-packed days on 20-22 April 2018.


Matthias Dolderer of Germany flies over the Alps close to Garmisch in southwest Bavaria, Germany on April 06, 2018


“It’s always a pleasure to show my friends some magical places of my home country. Neuschwanstein Castle is a unique historical building and the best way to look at it is from above, plus Zugspitze – with the German and Austrian mountains in the background – makes for dream scenery. I think Martin enjoyed it a lot,” said Dolderer, whose raceplane has been undergoing aerodynamic modifications since the World Championship’s 2018 opener in February. “This was a good opportunity to get the feel back after two months not in the plane. The competition is closer than ever, and all the pilots are capable of winning, so it should be a pretty interesting season ahead!”


Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic over the Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany (2.962m), close to Garmisch in southwest Bavaria, Germany


Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic over the Zugspitze


Matthias Dolderer of Germany flies over the Zugspitze


Tickets are on sale now for all three action-packed days on 20-22 April 2018. For all the latest news and information, visit www.redbullairrace.com.

Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic over the Neuschwanstein Castle above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fuessen in southwest Bavaria, Germany

Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar 2-3 February: Abu Dhabi, UAE 20-22 April: Cannes, France 26-27 May: Chiba, Japan 23-24 June: Budapest, Hungary 25-26 August: Kazan, Russia September: TBA 6-7 October: Indianapolis, USA November: TBA

About Red Bull Air Race Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has held more than 80 races around the globe. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 12G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.

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