The 2010 Red Bull Air Racing World Championship had an inauspicious start this year when in the second race of the series in Perth, Australia the first ever crash in the events 7 year history was recorded.
Adilson Kindlemann of Brazil lost control of his aircraft after rounding a pylon during practice. Kindlemann managed a near wings level impact, but as the aircraft’s fixed landing gear dug into the water, the aircraft flipped, leaving Kindlemann and the aircraft floating upside down in Perth’s Swan River. As you can see, Red Bull rescue crews arrived quickly to the inverted MXS-R aerobatic race plane and Kindlemann was pulled out alive. Amazingly his injuries were minor – but he was unable to fly when his home country hosted a race last weekend.
The crash is recorded here by AVweb –
As can be seen in the picture below the weather was not looking good for the race which was held off Rio de Janiero’s Flamengo Beach in front of huge crowds. Unfortunately the Top 12 round on Sunday had to be cancelled due to the poor weather and the race placings and points were determined by the pilots times in qualification.
Hannes Arch of Austria was declared the winner and Britain’s Nigel Lamb was awarded second place while championship leader Paul Bonhomme was forced to settle with a disappointing third place in the third race of the 2010 season.
This leaves the 2010 World Championship scoreboard after 3 events with Bonhomme narrowly clinging to his lead – see below.
Fortunately the Brazilian babes were not deterred and on the Saturday it was not only the planes that drew the photographers attention.
The video below shows action from Rio – both the video and pictures come from Redbullairrace
The remaining race schedule is as follows:
- June 5/6 – Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- June 19/20 – New York, NY, USA
- August 7/8 – EuroSpeedway, Lausitz, Germany
- August 19/20 – Budapest, Hungary
- September 4/5 – Lisbon, Portugal
Tickets and information for any of these events can be obtained from the following link: