Due to lengthy delays in the permissions process in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the Red Bull Air Race World Champion will now be crowned after the final race of the 2010 season at EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany on August 7 and 8.
Budapest has been an annual fixture on the Red Bull Air Race World Championship calendar since 2004, with enormous crowds of more than 600,000 spectators watching the racing from the banks of the Danube. This year’s race, which would have been the seventh annual race in Budapest, was set for August 19 and 20.
Red Bull Air Race GmbH CEO Bernd Loidl said he hoped Budapest would be back on the calendar in 2011, and also said that the 2011 calendar – which will include a return to New York after the historic first race there in June – will be announced after the final round in Germany next month.
“Having safely and successfully executed the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest for the past six years, [cancelling the race] was a tough decision to make,” Loidl said. “Following so close to the cancellation of the Portugal race last week, we are obviously disappointed and every effort will be made to see a return to Budapest in 2011.
"We look forward to announcing the 2011 calendar after the final round in Germany, including a much anticipated return to New York." –Bernd Loidl
"Securing the future of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is paramount and making tough decisions is part of that process.
"We look forward to announcing the 2011 calendar after the final round in Germany, including a much anticipated return to New York in the United States.”
The battle for the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will remain intense at Lausitzring in Germany, where defending champion Paul Bonhomme is holding a five-point lead over 2008 champion Hannes Arch of Austria. Arch has won three of the last five races and is confident he can overtake Bonhomme down the home stretch of the 2010 season to take his second title.
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