The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will travel to the US state of Indiana for the first time next year, and return to Germany, after it revealed its full calendar for the 2016 season.
The championship’s return to the Lausitzring in the state of Brandenburg comes with Germany having not hosted an event since 2010. The two new venues will take the place of Fort Worth, Texas and Ruvinj in Croatia on the 2016 calendar. The latter only staged a leg this year after the Russian city of Sochi withdrew its hosting rights due to financial difficulties.
The 2016 championship will commence in March with its season-opening event in Abu Dhabi before travelling to Spielberg, Austria in April. Japan, which hosted a leg in Chiba for the first time this year, has also been pencilled in as a host nation, although an exact venue or date has not yet been confirmed.
The Hungarian capital of Budapest will stage an event in July before Ascot racecourse in the UK plays host a month later. Motorsport venues Lausitzring and Indianapolis Motor Speedway will stage their legs in September and October respectively before the season concludes two weeks later in Las Vegas on the weekend of October 15-16.
“We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history,” Erich Wolf, Red Bull Air Race general manager, said. “The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike.”