Red Bull Air Race stop in Budapest was definitely one of the most beautiful looking purely from photographer’s aspect. Amazing architecture of wonderful buildings, castles and bridges is inevitable background of the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest. Flock of small racing planes took turns roaring around an aerial racetrack over the Danube river between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges, right in front of the Parliament building. Every photographer was able to find some angles at which they can include any of this amazing architectural masterpieces in the photo. My possibilities were even wider, because I had the helicopter at my service as always, so I could capture as unique images as possible. It’s big privilege to fly in helicopter above large cities and enjoy this remarkable race from the air. Thankfully this event from such amazing location remains forever captured in my photographs for the whole world to see.
This was altogether the 8th Red Bull Air Race in Hungary. The races, part of a globe-trotting Red Bull Air Race series, was interspersed with airshow displays for a festival atmosphere. One of the founding pilots, Hungarian household name Peter Besenyei was instrumental in the formulation of the race, rules and even the pylons, and pushed hard for a venue in his homeland.
The first race was held at Tököl Airfield, one of only two venues in that formative year, but was then held in a prestigious location right along the Danube, opposite the Parliament Building every year from 2004-2009. The 2010 race was cancelled and the city was left off the itinerary for 6 years, but is now back in force at one of the most attractive locations.
The Hungarian government supports the organisation of the event between 2015 and 2017. In a government resolution published on 15 August in Magyar Közlöny, the country’s official journal, the cabinet indicated that it has called upon the competent minister to ensure that the contracts necessary are concluded between the owner of the series’ rights and Hungaroring Sport Zrt., which will be responsible for holding the event.
The Minister for National Development and the Minister for National Economy have been instructed to set aside the financial assets necessary for holding the event, which is not to exceed than EUR 6 million (HUF 1.9 billion) per year.