The 2017 Red Bull Air Race calendar gets underway over the Arabian Gulf on February 10-11 with the diamond 75th race for World Championship points. While the atmosphere will be celebratory, 14 of the planet’s best pilots will have their game face on, determined to start strong in a season where the results will be anything but predictable.
Adding to the anticipation: The stop in the Emirates also marks the diamond 75th World Championship race, a landmark for this relatively new discipline among top-level motorsports. Matthias Dolderer of Germany will look to continue where he left off when he claimed the 2016 title with dominant consistency. But across nine seasons so far, only one pilot (Great Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, who is now a Red Bull Air Race commentator) has ever managed to capture two crowns consecutively. Dolderer’s 13 powerful opponents will be aiming to derail his charge and build early-season momentum of their own.