The third race of this year’s air racing World Championship will be staged in Rovinj, Croatia. The stop in Rovinj will replace Sochi, Russia, which unfortunately cannot be conducted due to financial and organizational challenges.
“It would have been great to host the first Red Bull Air Race in Russia this year, but due to the current situation with the international capital markets, our partners in Russia are facing extremely high exchange rates. This makes it impossible to set up an infrastructure fulfilling our high standards and also to provide our fans with tickets at affordable prices," said Erich Wolf, General Manager, Red Bull Air Race. “To secure a well-organized eight-race season, we have been forced to make a decision at this stage and believe this change was necessary. However, this gives us the chance to return to Croatia, where we had a spectacular race last year. Nevertheless we still hope to stage a race in Sochi in the future.”
Canada’s Pete McLeod will be out to improve on his 4th place finish in Rovinj 2014, where an incorrect level penalty held him just short of a 2nd place finish. The technical track suited McLeod’s flying style, and the #84 Garmin Racing Pilot welcomes the series return to the Adriatic Sea in 2015. “I was pleased to hear we are headed back to Croatia in 2015. It’s an open sea track with some technical corners and no doubt will be a good challenge” add McLeod.
The eight-stop 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship began in Abu Dhabi in February and is now preparing for the first ever stop in Chiba, Japan. After Rovinj, Croatia the remaining races will be held in Budapest, Hungary, (July 4/5), Ascot, United Kingdom (August 15/16), Spielberg, Austria (September 5/6), Fort Worth, Texas, USA (September 26/27), and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 17/18).