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Lake Macquarie to host ‘Red Bull’ Air Race in November

written by Adam Thorn | April 13, 2022

Air Race reigning world champion, and Australian, Matt Hall flying in the event’s previous iteration.

Organisers of the revived “Red Bull” Air Race have confirmed its Australian leg will take place at Lake Macquarie after the state government provided $2.5 million of funding.

The renamed Air Race World Championship will arrive on 18, 19 and 20 November 2022 and is expected to attract 150,000 fans to watch it live.

The iconic event, which sees aircraft race around obstacles, was launched by Red Bull in 2003 but the business announced its closure in 2019. It’s now set to be reformed by digital tech firm Touchpoint, with the first leg internationally held at the UK racecourse of Goodwood.

Nalin Jay, the series’ CEO, said, “Australia has an incredible sporting legacy, and it is only fitting that we are racing in the home country of the current Air Race world champion, Matt Hall.

“Both locations will provide a stunning backdrop for the air race and fans are expected to come from all over the world to watch what is still the fastest motorsport in the world.

“The whole world has gone through an incredibly difficult couple of years, and we are now seeing the opportunity to commit once again to safe and large-scale public events.”

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Hall appeared on the Australian Aviation Podcast in 2020 to talk about his experiences, which you can listen to above.

On hearing the announcement, he said he was proud to be racing in Australia again. “It’s a privilege to do that right here where I grew up,” he said.

“It means even more to me to be involved in an event that will help get our region through some really tough times.”

The original incarnation of the air race hosted 94 championship series races around the globe. Touchpoint said it has attracted viewers in 187 countries and has been broadcast to an audience of over 230 million viewers with more than 2.3 billion media impressions worldwide in its most recent season.

It claims to be the largest live spectator sports event in the world attracting more than one million spectators to a single air race on multiple occasions in cities such as Porto and Barcelona.

Comments (4)

  • Michelle

    says:

    Fantastic news. We have already booked our accomodation and flights up from Tasmania.

  • Olivia

    says:

    where do we get tickets

  • Brett

    says:

    Absolutely amazing to have this over the lake I grew up on. Puts us on the world stage and shows our region to all.

  • Olivia Martinez

    says:

    when will tickets be available?

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