Matthias Dolderer is set to fly in the 2017 Red Bull Air Race.
OBJECT CARPET will fly high thanks to pilot, Matthias Dolderer. Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race quickly became known as an international series of air races where competitors navigate a challenging obstacle course in the fastest time. The goal of the Red Bull Air Race? Create an aviation race that was not just about speed, but also precision and skill. Therefore, pilots use the fastest, most agile, lightweight race planes in the market. Thus, pilots can hit speeds of 230 mph (370 kph) while enduring forces of up to 10 G.
Although races are held all over the world, they are mostly in cities near the water. At each venue, the top eight pilots earn World Championship points. As a result, the air racer with the most points at the end of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion!
In 2017, 14 pilots will be competing in the Master Class category in eight races for the title of the Red Bull Air Race World Champion. However, Matthias Dolderer is looking for repeat performance of 2016 when he won 1st place. Representing Germany, Dolderer earned an invitation to the Red Bull Air Race qualifications in September 2008. He quickly rose in the rankings, starting in 2009 he came in 9th place, he rose to 8th place in 2010, 7th in 2014. Unfortunately, there was a three year hiatus from 2011 – 2013 while Red Bull allowed for a “headquarters” restructure and the implementation of new safety measures. However, Dolderer claimed 5th place in 2015 and then 1st in 2016. He is now back to become a champion once more!