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Red Bull Air Race Heads to Final Stop Before Indianapolis

It’s what German motorsport fans have waited six long years to see: this weekend, the Red Bull Air Race will return to Germany’s EuroSpeedway Lausitz – formerly known as the Lausitzring – for the first time since the ultimate motorsport series in the sky debuted at the famed oval in 2010. Adding to the anticipation, the race will be a homecoming for Germany’s own Matthias Dolderer, the pilot who is at the top of the World Championship standings.

Thirteen elite Master Class pilots will be desperately chasing Dolderer, as the ace from Tannheim has a substantial lead in the overall standings with only three races to go in the season. Dolderer can’t afford to let his guard down, because his nearest opponent is none other than the 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch of Austria. Arch was the winner at Lausitz in 2010 while Dolderer, then in only his second year of racing, finished seventh. And right behind Arch at third on the overall leaderboard is Australia’s Matt Hall, who is on a roll with a podium at Budapest in July and a win in August at Ascot, United Kingdom.

Another German pilot, Florian Bergér, will be racing at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz for the first time. One of the promising young pilots who are developing their low-altitude flying skills in the Challenger Class of the Red Bull Air Race, Bergér has earned a podium every time he’s competed this year, including his career-first victory at Spielberg, Austria in April.

Home to the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) and the Superbike World Championship, the EuroSpeedway Lausitz has a tri-oval layout that is unique in continental Europe, but the design is widely popular in the USA for top motorsports like the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR. That makes the stop in Lausitz even more fascinating for Red Bull Air Race fans as an early indicator of which teams might do well at the season’s final two destinations – the iconic Verizon IndyCar Series track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NASCAR hotspot of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

For information and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com. For tickets to the Oct. 1-2 Red Bull Air Race at IMS, visit IMS.com.

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