ABU DHABI – The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship opens in Abu Dhabi on 26/27 March, returning to the United Arab Emirates capital for the sixth consecutive year. The worldâ€™s top 15 pilots will start their six-month long battle for championship points in the first of eight races on a total of five continents.
Defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain and Austriaâ€™s Hannes Arch, the 2008 champion will resume their thrilling duel over the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf on Abu Dhabiâ€™s famous Corniche. Arch, who won the 2009 race in Abu Dhabi but finished second overall to Bonhomme, has worked hard on improving his aircraft during the off-season and will be looking to get back in front of his British rival.
â€œAbu Dhabi is one of the most challenging races on the calendar because you donâ€™t know what the other guys have been doing over the winter,â€ said Arch, who is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. â€œYour team doesnâ€™t have a race rhythm yet and no oneâ€™s quite sure how strong their planes are relative to the others. Iâ€™m looking forward to the race. Iâ€™m the hunter now rather than being hunted.â€
Race History Abu Dhabi
2009 Hannes Arch (AUT)
2008 Paul Bonhomme (GBR)
2007 Peter Besenyei (HUN)
2006 Kirby Chambliss (USA)
2005 Peter Besenyei (HUN)