Team Chambliss has been in the UAE for ten days and it’s been an interesting adventure so far. Anything can happen on race day and it usually does! The team has worked incredibly hard, they are hoping for a big payoff tomorrow! Kirby qualified fourth today, laying down a respectable time of 1:00.036 with his best time this week being 00:57.409!
The different teams made many modifications on the short break, some extensive, some minor. It’s important to remember that some modifications don’t always show the anticipated results. Time wasted and money spent… That’s racing! Even utilizing all the great data, the variables are many, you never know what you’re going to end up with.
Kirby has had some terrific times this week, hasn’t hit a pylon all week! Careful, right?
A record number of pylon hits this week forced the race committee to limit Qualifying to one run. One run in Quali equals a lot of pressure.
The Team is very positive and Kirby will be racing for an all out win in Abu Dhabi!
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Today’s activities included flying, flying, and more flying in preparation for qualifying and race days! Kirby and the other pilots were able to take a breather and enjoy a boat tour of the race box as the day turned into night. The team’s evening was spent at the RedBull AirRace Conference, where they learned about the production behind the event and goals for the 2015 season. Smoke on!
With just three days left until qualifying day, the team’s activities were in full force! The morning began with a team photo shoot and a quick interview with Kirby. Kirby then took time to focus on the track and strategize his plan for the 2015 opening race. Flight operations began shortly thereafter, and he was able to complete two training flights on the course. After all training was complete, Kirby led Pete McLeod and Francois Le Vot in the traditional recon flight over Abu Dhabi. Closing the day with a few additional meetings, the team anxiously turned in for the evening.
Gregory Gourdet, a “Top Chef” contestant, takes a ride with two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion, Kirby Chambliss!
Day three and the airplane is just about ready for test flights! The team has been hard at work completing the final touches. Kirby’s time was spent in photography sessions and green screen moving images. Check out these behind-the-scene photos!
Day One was a success! While it was great to be reunited with friends and fellow competitors, we spent the majority of the day assembling the race plane. Just a few more steps and it should be ready for test flights! Kirby made it to Abu Dhabi safe and sound this evening, and we turned in to bed shortly thereafter to prepare for another busy day tomorrow!!
Kirby and the rest of Team Chambliss are either on their way or already in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates! The season has officially begun, with Abu Dhabi hosting the first Red Bull Air Race in a series of eight for 2015. The Team will be globetrotting again this year with inaugural races in Chiba, Japan and Sochi, Russia. The two U.S stops will be Ft. Worth on September 26-27 and Las Vegas on October 17-18. All eight stops will be shown on FOX Sports 1, with the first race airing on Monday March 2 sat 9:00pm Eastern Time!
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