As The Blades Racing team approach the next exciting event for the Red Bull Air Race this weekend, we wanted to share with you a lovely feature of our work with this hardworking team in months publication of Develop 3D magazine. The article showcases our continued work with The Blades Racing Team and we are proud to now be supporting them as Technical Partners for their ongoing analysis and future development of the Edge 540 Aircraft.
To read more on this article, you can download your free copy of the September 2018 issue here.
This weekend Ben Murphy, Lead Pilot for The Blades Racing Team makes his Austrian Debut. Hoping to continue the success of the last race in Russia, we’ll be watching with anticipation. We know you can do it Ben!
See the recent press release from The Blades Team below:
This Saturday and Sunday, the Blades Racing Team and their pilot Ben Murphy will contend in the last European stop on the 2018 Red Bull Air Race calendar, as the sport makes a return to its Austrian roots. Going from strength to strength in only their first season of World Championship competition, the British team will be looking to build on their remarkable result at the race in Russia just three weeks ago, where they delivered a blistering time in Qualifying and clinched their first top five finish.
Only three races remain in the eight-stop Red Bull Air Race season: this weekend’s action at a historic, century-old natural airfield in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, followed by showdowns at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in the USA. At a notable 10th in the world rankings after the first five races of their rookie campaign, Murphy and the Blades have nothing to lose and everything to gain as they continue to build knowledge in the track.
The year’s first racetrack over land, as well as the first with a standing (static) start, Wiener Neustadt offers plenty of opportunities for Murphy and his teammates to hone their skills. Standing starts, which see the race planes enter the racetrack directly from takeoff rather than approaching from a distance, are rare and notoriously tricky, because the short trajectory to the Start Gate requires perfect engine settings and pilot mastery in order to achieve optimal speed.
Wiener Neustadt also marks a milestone of sorts for Murphy because it is his maiden race in the country where the sport began. (The very first Red Bull Air Race went airborne in the Styrian town of Zeltweg in 2003, and subsequent Austrian races have been held in both Zeltweg and Spielberg.)
“There’s still a lot to learn, but the team is in a really good place,” said Murphy shortly after his success in Kazan. “We’ve unlocked some pace in the aeroplane now, and we’re happy with the flying and the way we’re putting the preparation together, so there’s no reason why this next stop in Austria shouldn’t be another good race for us.”
Ben Murphy and the Blades Racing Team will take off in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on 15-16
September 2018. For tickets and all the World Championship updates: www.redbullairrace.com.
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