Following a successful partnership in 2017, Air BP will continue as the official fuel and carbon reduction partner of the Red Bull Air Race for the next three years. But what does this collaboration mean in practice?
Although Air BP will be providing fuel for Red Bull Air Race’s cutting-edge raceplanes, the partnership is not limited to the race track. Of course, the quality of the fuel itself is paramount. Without a high standard of fuel, race crews would struggle to find optimal engine settings. Challenger Class pilot Kevin Coleman of the USA comments:
"Having clean, dependable fuel is key to the Red Bull Air Race. There are a million things going through a pilot’s mind on a race weekend, but when Air BP provides the fuel, I know it’s clean running and dependable."Challenger Class pilot Kevin Coleman of the USA
Australia’s Master Class pilot Matt Hall agrees, pointing out that fuel quality doesn’t affect performance only:
"When thinking about safety, there is one thing that might not come to mind, and that is the fuel we put in the aircraft. There are things that can impact the quality of fuel, so it is a critical safety item for us to get right every single time."Australia’s Master Class pilot Matt Hall
With best-in-class expertise not just in product quality and safety, but also in operations, technical design and innovation, Air BP brings even more to the table.
"Our race at the Lausitzring in Germany was a good example. At one point we had three airports operational simultaneously: the Race Airport at the track, another airport that was the base for the Challenger Class, and also a training airport. Logistically that’s quite a challenge, and Air BP did an amazingly good job of getting the fuel to where we needed it, when we needed it. They also gave us ideas on better ways to test fuel to make sure that teams are abiding by the rules and not using additives."Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Jim Reed
In 2017, Air BP sent a team of auditors to examine the refuelling process at the Red Bull Air Race, offering recommendations for improving safety and efficiency.
"It was very helpful for us to see how we can improve our fuelling operations even further, and I think they also learned a lot about what we require, what the racing environment means in this motorsport. They put a lot effort into it. Like us, the people at Air BP are very motivated, and I think they have found in the Red Bull Air Race partnership an extra push to develop farther. We learn from each other, and we are looking toward tomorrow and what we can achieve in the years ahead."Peggy Walentin, Flight Operations Manager for the Red Bull Air Race
Excitement is building for the first race of the season, which will take place in Abu Dhabi from 2-3 February. To find more about the race and follow the latest action or choose your team for the year go the Red Bull Air Race site or follow their social channels.
Don’t forget – if you are flying in for the event, you can use your Sterling Card at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA) or the dedicated general aviation airport at Al Bateen Executive International (AZI/OMAD).
We are looking forward to keeping you up-to-date with all the latest Red Bull Air Race news and more about our collaboration throughout the year!