Mastering the New Handling for Results at the Home Track

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2015 by: Nigel Lamb

In just under 2 weeks time the Red Bull Air Race Championship is heading to our home venue of Ascot Racecourse, which I am looking forward to immensely. Here’s an update on my progress since Budapest and thoughts on a previously very successful race track.

At Ascot there's a standing start so it's vital that everything is pre-set before you roll, as well as ensuring the engine is set up for ultimate precision. The application of power, the take-off technique and the path to the first gate are all important elements that equate to a successful beginning to the race as they determine how much energy you carry onto the track. In addition, its key to be prepared for the first onset of Gz at Gate 2 as there's no chance to warm-up for the Gz in the air. 

Ascot also varies, compared to the previous tracks this season as it is the first to be over land. Personally I prefer this layout for several reasons: a more exciting sensation of speed is gained, as well as it being easier to judge height, the accuracy of the planned racing line and most importantly, in the incredibly unlikely event of an engine failure, you don’t have to go swimming!

Since Budapest my team have been working hard on the aircraft to continue improving the elevator. I believe the reason for my lack of consistency in comparison to last year is the experimenting with the new elevator, and I’m determined to have a better performance at Ascot.