With Breitling, the definitive specialist in technical watches that continues to serve in 2016 as Official Timekeeper for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Breitling Racing Team pilots Nigel Lamb and François Le Vot will be fully focused on making an impression at the season opener in Abu Dhabi on March 11th and 12th.
Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, Red Bull Air Race pilots navigate a low-level aerial racetrack made up of air-filled pylons at speeds reaching 230 mph while withstanding forces of up to 10Gs.
2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion Nigel Lamb has announced that his upcoming ninth season will be his last and he will be hanging up his racing gloves in October after the season finale in Las Vegas. This experienced British aviator will however remain as competitive as ever in seeking to recapture the World Championship Title before bowing out of the ultimate motorsport series in the sky.
Always keen to adopt and apply new ideas and concepts, Lamb is supporting a new Red Bull Air Race Master Mentoring program, which has been developed by the Race Committee to further improve the coaching and preparation of new Master Class Pilots. To pioneer this initiative, Red Bull Air Race and Lamb have invited fellow Breitling pilot and 2015 Challenger Cup winner, Mikael Brageot, to fly his high-performance MXS-R through Master Class race tracks. All World Championship contenders will have an opportunity to critique Brageot’s style and technique and make suggestions as to how the young Frenchman can improve.
Lamb comments: “We like trying out new ideas, technology and approaches, so we are happy to pioneer the new Master Mentoring program. There is a lot of sense and reasoning behind the initiative, but the main priority is improving the transition into the World Championship series. We will do our best to ensure that Mika is as competitive as possible for his first Master Class season in the future.”
Talented Master Class contender and former World Aerobatics Champion François Le Vot is also working through development plans for the French contingent of the Breitling Racing Team. During the short off-season, his team has implemented technical modifications to his Edge 540 and hope to surge forward in the rankings in Le Vot’s second season.
The Breitling-sponsored pilots will be using every ounce of precision and skill they have to obtain an aerial advantage, knowing that every point counts in the campaign for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Title.
by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme