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Alinghi take fight to Red Bull Sailing Team as action in Madeira heats up. Extreme Sailing Series™ heavyweights Alinghi launched an assault on Act 6 leaders Red Bull Sailing Team on the waters of Madeira today as the regatta reached its halfway mark.

Arnaud Psarofaghis’ Swiss crew on Alinghi exchanged blows with Roman Hagara’s Austrian-flagged Red Bull Sailing Team as both outfits made their bids to top the Act 6 table going into the penultimate day.

Light, shifty winds provided challenging conditions for the seven international teams as racing resumed in Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s stunning Madeira Islands, in front of the watching crowds.

With the breeze never getting above five knots the sailors were forced to rely on tactics more than ever, and it was Psarofaghis’ team that won the day, finishing on the podium in each of the four races to clock up more points than any other team. Meanwhile Red Bull Sailing Team, keen to capitalise on their win in the opening day’s only race, added another two victories to their tally. Crucially, however, they finished in fifth in the remaining two races.

The results leave the expert teams tied on 52 points, with Oman Air four points further back in third, tied with SAP Extreme Sailing Team. However with two more days of jam-packed racing still to go, and an increase in wind forecast, the Act is far from being tied up.

“After two days of racing we’re feeling really good because we haven’t lost too many points to anyone,” Alinghi helmsman Psarofaghis said. “We’re tied on points at the top of the leaderboard so we couldn’t ask for much better, especially as the conditions were so tricky today. But there are many teams that can win here and the racecourse is really challenging, so it’s going to be all on right until the end.”

Overall Series leaders Oman Air shot out of the blocks, winning the opening race in trademark fashion, but Morgan Larson’s men then suffered a string of penalties after being caught on the wrong side of the start line twice in succession. The Omani team had to settle for sixth place in the second race of the day, but a fantastic display of skill, jumping from last to second in the next race, salvaged their third-place position on the Act 6 leaderboard.

“It was obviously challenging out there today and I gave the team some work to do with a couple of bad starts from me,” Larson admitted. “I jumped the line a bit on a couple of occasions. It didn’t feel like we were being too aggressive but I guess we were just a little ahead of ourselves and that’s all it takes.

“Thankfully the second time it happened we managed to pull it back to get second place. In light airs sometimes it just works out that way. But it’s not ideal and we’ll definitely have to tighten up for tomorrow.”

Home team Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira delighted the watching crowds when they scored their best result of the Act so far with a second in the final race of the day. They go into the penultimate day with a three point buffer over Land Rover BAR Academy, who also scooped a podium spot, with wildcard team Vega Racing a further two points behind.

Land Rover BAR Academy’s Neil Hunter, who at 21 is the youngest skipper in the fleet, said his young crew are looking forward to more wind when racing gets underway once more tomorrow.

“It was a mixed day for us – it was light, super shifty and very frustrating,” Hunter said. “We banged in a couple of good results including a second and a fourth so there was potential there for sure, but we never really finished the job off properly. The talk is of more breeze tomorrow and we like those conditions so let’s see what happens.”

The third day of Act 6 commences at 1400 local time (1300 GMT) tomorrow. Fans around the globe can watch the racing live online on the official event website from 1530 to 1700 local time.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Madeira Islands standings after Day 2, 5 races (23.09.16)
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 52 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 52 points.
3rd Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 48 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 48 points.
5th Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Melo, Nuno Barreto, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 41 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Elliot Hanson, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Rob Bunce 38 points.
7th Vega Racing (USA) Brad Funk, Tom Buggy, Nick Thompson, Zé Costa, Mac Agnese 36 points.
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Walker defends tough Red Bull 111 Megawatt title in Poland.
British rider Jonny Walker was one of only 18 riders out of 500 to finish Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland on Sunday and, in doing so, managed to retain his title.

The roar of a thousand engines, ambitious riders, spectacular course and huge crowds of fans – that was the third edition of Red Bull 111 Megawatt. Out of 500 riders qualified for Sunday’s final, only 18 managed to cross the finish line.

After a fierce battle that saw the participants constantly sizing each other up, the trophy eventually went to Walker. Securing fifth position, Taddy Blazusiak was the best among the home Polish riders.

Red Bull 111 Megawatt saw two days of hellish enduro action in the heart of the Belchatow Coal Mine for the third time.

It consisted of three stages: fast motocross, technical endurocross, and the toughest extreme enduro. The last one surprised everyone with specially prepared several high “mega woops”.

For some of the riders, riding in the natural mining landscape turned out to be quite impossible.

The different types of terrain and elevations were already unbelievably challenging, and the weather – rain showers and wind – made it even more dramatic.

From the very beginning on Sunday, the lead was going back and forth between 25-year-old Walker and his idol Blazusiak.

Walker said, “It was a good race, from the start to the finish line – I’m happy with my performance.

“I was saving energy for the final sprint, because I knew the last lap would be crucial.

“In the end, the gaps between the fastest riders were really small. It was kind of a cat-and-mouse game, we were switching positions all the time.

“It can be said that winning here was a lottery. I’m glad that it was me!”

Blazusiak said, "Fifth place is definitely not what I was fighting for, but that’s racing.

“I had a good start and at first I kept a safe place at the top – I had everything under control. But unfortunately, I made a few big mistakes on the hill climbs, which cost me a few valuable minutes.

“I chose the wrong tracks three or four times and dropped in the standings. I was chasing the rest down to the wire and truly enjoyed the last lap, I was jumping around on cool tracks and made up for the lost time as much as I could.”
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Unique opening of the Torontonian beach volleyball summit.
Fantastic opening of the 2016 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at Polson Pier Toronto: The world’s elite beach volleyball stars gathered alongside a crowd of hundreds of fans to watch the first game of the Swatch World Tour Finals.

The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour began with a bang on Tuesday as two new Canadian teams went head-to-head for a place in the main draw. In a dramatic battle Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson triumphed over Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

The team progressed to enter the pool play which kicks off the main competition on what promises to be a wonderful Wednesday of action under the sun on the banks of Lake Ontario.
Without doubt one of the big draws on day two of the competition is Olympic gold medalists and last year’s Swatch World Tour Finals champions Alison/Bruno, who begin the defense of their title against Italians Ranghieri/Carambula, who they beat on the Copacabana on their way to Olympic gold.

Last year’s women’s Swatch World Tour Finals winners Larissa/Talita are also in action as all the teams chart their path towards a place in the final and a winners’ cheque for a cool USD 100,000.
They are just two of eight mouthwatering matches that fans can enjoy for free on the Center Court – and with three Canadian teams also in on the sand there is bound to be drama by the bucket-load down at Polson Pier.
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Sri Lanka’s all-round talent wins college cricket world championship. Hamstring still strapped from an injury sustained on the rugby field, all-rounder Ranitha Liyanarachchi took the Red Bull Campus Cricket final by the collar to pull hosts BMS Colombo to the title. This is the first time a Sri Lankan side has won the event, but it is Liyanarachchi’s second trophy of the fortnight. He only returned triumphant from a college rugby sevens tournament in Malaysia two weeks ago.

Liyanarachchi’s exploits were the crescendo to a fiercely contested tournament, which saw several last-over finishes, and in which each of the eight teams were defeated at least once.

The runners up from Bangladesh, had put together the event’s most compelling campaign – defeating Pakistan in a tense semi-final, three days after having completed a last-ball heist against the champions from South Africa, University of Pretoria. Though ULAB were characteristically spirited in the final, a third consecutive underdog victory was beyond them. They will return to Dhaka not only having set a high standard for future teams from Bangladesh, but also having forged friendships with players from across the planet, at this week-long event.

It was Liyanarachchi’s batting that headlined the final, as he plucked BMS from a mid-innings funk with the bat, scoring 52 off 27 balls. Having arrived at the crease after three wickets had fallen for 18 runs, and with the score on 108 for 6, he struck up productive partnerships with the tailenders to lead his team to 191 for 9. With new ball in hand, he also made the first dent in ULAB’s chase – his all-round performances taking the attention from star teammates Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka, who have recently played for Sri Lanka’s national side. When leftarm spinner, Mohammed Islam, got them both in the space of two balls in the 11th over, Sri Lanka looked in real trouble.

“We were struggling when I came to the middle but it was not just about BMS it was about the pride of Sri Lanka,” said Liyanarachchi, who also plays American Football for BMS, in addition to cricket and rugby. “Luckily I got a couple of fours away at the start of my innings, so that gave me the confidence to keep trying those expansive shots.”

ULAB captain Mohammad Hasanuzzaman and Avishek Mitra put on a scintillating 88 runs for the second wicket after Liyanarachchi made the early breakthrough, but the batting quickly folded after that partnership ended. BMS eventually prevailed by 24 runs, sparking jubilation on the field as well as on the boundary, where BMS students had turned out to support their college.

Each of the teams that had competed in the finals were also at the ground for the title-match, after having spent time together in Galle’s stunning 420-year-old fort, in the morning. The India and Pakistan teams had grown especially close during the week of competition, with a spirit of international camaraderie prevailing over the back-end of the tournament, even between sides that had played especially tight matches.

“It’s been a happy tournament for all of us, apart from losing the final,” said ULAB captain Hasanuzzaman “One of the main reasons is the friends we have made. This week we’ve met players from all over – from Pakistan, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka – everywhere. I think we’ll be friends for a long time.”

BMS’ victory this year, means the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament has its fourth champion in five years. The two previous tournaments had been won by South Africa’s Assupol TuksCricket, University of Pretoria, with DAV College, Chandigarh claiming the 2013 edition, and Rizvi College, Mumbai winning the inaugural 3-nation Asia Cup in 2012.
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Two stops of the Red Bull Air Race remain, with more rivalries than ever. The results of the sixth stop of the Red Bull Air Race season brought some clarity to the world championship standings, and unleashed a heaping helping of chaos as well.

“I think there’s always a battle going on somewhere in the field,” says Australian pilot Matt Hall, who won his second consecutive Red Bull Air Race stop of the season on 4 September at Germany’s EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

With only two races left in 2016, that’s never been more true. After overall leader Matthias Dolderer earned another bundle of points with his second-place finish in home skies at the EuroSpeedway, the fight is no longer between the German and a group of 13 pilots united in their desire to keep him from running away with the title. Now it’s apparent who does still have a chance to upset Dolderer and who doesn’t; and those who don’t are engaging in skirmishes of their own.

“My battle is with Matthias, and I’m chasing him,” says Hall, who was second overall in 2015 and now is trying to overcome a 16.5-point deficit to the German in a sport where each race win is worth 15 points. “But in the hangars to the other side of me there are about five guys within about five points of each other, I think, so there’ll be a huge amount of pressure there because they’re looking at either side, going, ‘I could slip further down the ranks or I could leap up a number of positions.’”

In the fourth through eighth positions on the leaderboard, Kirby Chambliss (USA), Nicolas Ivanoff (France), Martin Šonka (Czech Republic), Nigel Lamb (Great Britain) and Yoshihide Muroya (Japan) are indeed within five points of each other – the spread is only 4.75 points, to be exact. While it’s now mathematically impossible for any of them to take the championship this year, the other two steps of the overall podium are still tantalizingly within reach; so in the final pair of stops they’ll be looking to clamber over each other, as well as Hall and the pilot currently in third place, Austria’s Hannes Arch.

And when it comes to Arch, the Austrian is the only pilot besides Hall who could steal the title away from Dolderer. Arch won the 2008 World Championship and has stood on the overall podium every season since, proving he can go the distance. And there’s no question that he’s eying Hall less than 8 points ahead of him as well. “The season is not over yet,” Arch emphasizes.

Every one of the 14 Red Bull Air Race pilots is as competitive as he is skilled, so the Red Bull Air Race debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA on 1-2 October will kick off intense rivalries throughout the exclusive ranks.

“Right down at the end of the field you’ve got a couple of rookies who are going, ‘I don’t want to be the guy at the back end here, I’ve got to get every point I can,’ so all the way through the paddock, there are these little battles going on,” Hall notes. “My battle is for the world championship. But there are battles all the way through the field.”

The sparks will fly right down to the final at another American motorsport venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on 15-16 October. +Red Bull +NASCAR +Visit Las Vegas

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Extreme Sailing Series™ wows with exhilarating foiling debut in Russia as SAP Extreme Sailing Team take early lead.
The Extreme Sailing Series™ once again lived up to its reputation for the most exciting Stadium Racing today as Act 5, presented by SAP, got underway in St Petersburg with trademark high-octane action.

The latest stage of the global tour picked up where it had left off in Hamburg, Germany, just a month ago as seven crews made up of the world’s best sailors resumed battle in the heart of Russia’s second largest city.

It is the third time St Petersburg has hosted the Extreme Sailing Series following its debut on the circuit in 2014.

But the city had not enjoyed the spectacle of race boats ‘flying’ more than a metre above the water on special hydro-foils – until now.

The cutting-edge GC32 catamarans were in their element as winds between nine and 12 knots combined with the flat waters of the Neva River to provide perfect conditions for lightning-quick racing.

Determined to make amends for an uncharacteristic last place finish on Russian waters in 2015, Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team shot out of the blocks in the opening race, overhauling home team Gazprom Team Russia to open their scorecard with a win.

In a display of their boat-handling skills on the river racecourse, Jes Gram-Hansen’s men went on to notch up another two victories and a third place finish over seven nail-biting races.

Despite a late charge from Swiss rivals Alinghi, who also won three races, SAP Extreme Sailing Team top the overall leaderboard by one point going into day two, the first time they have enjoyed an overnight lead at an Act this season.

SAP Extreme Sailing Team co-skipper Gram-Hansen said: “It was a great day for us; we sailed really well, pushed it a bit in the starts, pulled off some good comebacks and had some really nice boat-handling.

“There were some good gusts coming down the racecourse and although they weren’t super powerful you have to be careful because room to manoeuvre is very limited.

“I saw there were a few close capsizes but we had a reasonably trouble-free day. If you can stay away from the traffic you can stay out of trouble, and I think we were pretty lucky with that today. We’re pretty happy but of course there’s still a long way to go.”

Overall 2016 Extreme Sailing Series leaders Oman Air go into day two of Act 5 in third place with three podium finishes under their belts, despite suffering minor damage to their rudder when they hit a metal river mark.

Among those struggling to tame their GC32s in Neva River’s testing conditions was Diogo Cayolla’s Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira crew.

The team, racing in the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time this year, scored an impressive set of results that included two seconds and a third to finish the day in fourth. But they nearly came undone on several occasions during racing when they were caught out by gusts blowing through the racecourse.

“It was very difficult out there today,” Cayolla said. “We knew the course would be challenging but we still had some risky situations because of the gusts. Thankfully we managed not to do any damage to our boat and our crew, and in the end we sailed quite well.

“We had some podium finishes and that’s not bad at all, but if the conditions are going to be the same tomorrow we need to be prepared.”

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team were fifth after a mixed bag of results, and despite a strong start in the opening race Gazprom Team Russia were forced to settle for sixth overall, just one point ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy.

Racing resumes at 1400 local time tomorrow with a forecast for similar conditions.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, St Petersburg presented by SAP standings after Day 1, 7 races (01.09.16)
Position / Team / Points
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 71 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 70 points.
3rd Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 69 points.
4th Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Melo, Nuno Barreto, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 62 points.
5th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Jérémy Bachelin 60 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Phil Robertson, Will Tiller, Shane Diviney, Alexsey Kulakov, Victor Serezhkin 55 points.
7th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Chris Taylor, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Rob Bunce 54 points.
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History will be made in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 1-2 October, when the Red Bull Air Race comes to The Racing Capital of the World for the first time. Who will be the new Indy heroes?

Indianapolis (USA) - The most highly anticipated stop of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race calendar happens on 1-2 October, when the official world championship comes to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time. The jam-packed weekend of racing action will be a landmark event for the legions of sports fans in America's Midwest, for the field of top pilots looking to join Indy's legendary winners and, especially, for the two men locked in a battle for the overall crown with only two races to go.

For Germany's Matthias Dolderer, who leads the standings, the stakes have never been higher. A victory in Indianapolis would clinch the first world championship of his Red Bull Air Race career - and the first for his nation - but anything less could leave the door open for Australia's Matt Hall to steal the title when the season concludes two weeks later in Las Vegas. Hall is the only pilot with a chance to catch the German, and the Aussie is on a roll, coming off back-to-back wins. Yet Dolderer hasn't crumbled, snapping up second place at both of those races.

The three North Americans in the lineup also have something to prove. Two-time titleholder Kirby Chambliss of Arizona is one of the favorites for the world championship podium this year, while Michael Goulian of Massachusetts and Pete McLeod of Ontario, Canada will be eager to shine in what for them is the closest thing to a home race this season. Meanwhile, another proud U.S. native, Kevin Coleman, will be contending in the Challenger Class race for promising young pilots.
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Leeds to Silverstone with it all to fight for.
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British Formula 4: 3rd - 252 points - after 24 of 30 races

A very determined Luis Leeds heads to Silverstone this weekend for the penultimate round of the British F4 Championship and the 16-year-old Australian has his thoughts totally on the title chase.

“There are 75 points on offer at each round for the perfect weekend,” explained the Red Bull Junior. “No one has ever managed that but there is plenty to aim for and I am 35 behind the leader.”

With the rhythm

“We’ve tested at Silverstone, it’s all about the rhythm and flow, we had a very good test and I know the Arden guys will give me a great car and I’m sure we are going to have a very good weekend.”

“It’s a disappointment that it’s not the Grand Prix circuit, that’s a dream for another day,” grinned the Victorian. “The National Circuit is still fast for an F4, we don’t have a lot of aero so getting the best out of the car is good fun.”

Wait and see

“I was happy with the way things went at the test but of course you don’t know quite how competitive you are until you get out with the other cars on Friday.”

“We’ve got a standard approach with the team and there is no reason to change anything, luck ran against us at Rockingham but these things happen and we are looking forward to a much better weekend at Silverstone.”

Silverstone weekend schedule - all times BST (CEST -1)

Friday September 16th
10.30 Free Practice 1 - 40 minutes
15.00 Free Practice 2 - 40 minutes

Saturday September 17th
10.30 Qualifying - 20 minutes
15:10 Race 1

Sunday September 18th
09.40 Race 2
15.15 Race 3
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America's Cup World Series 2016 Stop 5 / Swedish Challenger Artemis wins in Toulon. The Swedish challenger followed up an incredibly strong showing on Saturday, with a strong enough showing on Sunday, to celebrate another weekend victory in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series.

Race one was led away by Emirates Team New Zealand, under the helm of Olympic Champion Pete Burling, but, as per Saturday, Artemis Racing were quickly up ahead and around the first mark ahead of Softbank Team Japan who were very keen to make amends for their disappointing Saturday. Behind them Land Rover BAR had a penalty before the startline but fought hard up to third place at the halfway mark with ORACLE TEAM USA, Groupama Team France and Emirates Team New Zealand behind. Artemis stretched their lead, crossing the line at the end of race one first for the third time over the weekend, but it was Groupama Team France who were most disappointed with race four, finishing in sixth behind Emirates Team New Zealand and slipping to fourth in the regatta standings. Land Rover BAR held that third place, but ORACLE TEAM USA kept up the overall standings pressure just behind in fourth, so everything was there to play for in races five and six.

The thousands of fans lining the Toulon shore were hoping for a better showing from Groupama Team France in race five but it was Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR who seized the early advantage, streaking ahead to the first mark, but to loud cheers from the shore, Groupama Team France were second, showing the sort of form that put them into second place overnight in the regatta on Saturday. Artemis Racing and Softbank Team Japan both had to serve penalties after the start, but all eyes were on the French team in second and they did not disappoint, pushing the Brits all the way.

However, yet again in Toulon, Artemis Racing were the team to watch, moving their way up to third by the start of leg four. Behind them, ORACLE TEAM USA were having a race to forget in sixth, as were Softbank Team Japan who were in fifth, leaving Emirates Team New Zealand in fourth.

At the finish line of race two the positions had not changed - Land Rover BAR in first, Groupama Team France second and Artemis Racing third, but Softbank Team Japan had moved into fourth, leaving ORACLE TEAM USA battling it out with Emirates Team New Zealand for fifth and sixth respectively.

Race three, the decider and an utterly enthralling yet topsy-turvy race. A messy start for ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing who were both hit with penalties for crossing the startline early, but Groupama Team France finally showed their mettle, putting clear air between themselves and Softbank Team Japan in second and taking a huge early advantage. Land Rover BAR picked up a penalty for not giving room to Emirates Team New Zealand, relegating them to the back of the fleet, but throughout the race that ensued there were lead changes in the overall standings throughout, keeping the fans watching live at the event and on TV on the edge of their seats.

One minute it was Groupama Team France up ahead, then suddenly Softbank Team Japan were out in front, Emirates Team New Zealand were second and the home team, Groupama Team France, were third, and thus race six finished.

With that result in the last race, Softbank Team Japan, sixth on Saturday, had, incredibly, put themselves into second overall in the regatta, but it was Artemis Racing who were really celebrating, taking overall regatta honours despite finishing fifth in race six.

Land Rover BAR finished the weekend third, Groupama Team France fourth, Emirates Team New Zealand fifth and ORACLE TEAM USA sixth.

Those results extend Land Rover BAR's lead in the overall series to 14 points over ORACLE TEAM USA, so the pressure in the last round in Fukuoka, Japan, will be intense.
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Entries open for 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™
Extreme Sailing Series™ organisers OC Sport are officially inviting entries for the 2017 season with the release of the provisional Notice of Race.

OC Sport have also confirmed an eight-Act global tour to include two new venues and a return to the Americas alongside events in Europe, China and the Middle East, for what will be the eleventh year of competition for the ‘World Sailing Special Event’.

Event Director Andy Tourell commented: “2017 will be our seventh year as a global series and I am particularly excited to be returning to the Americas for the first time in five years.

“When speaking to teams, their sponsors and our Series partners, this was identified as a key market, and while the actual locations will be announced in the coming months, part of the appeal of the Series is that we are able to provide commercial solutions and react to the needs of our stakeholders.”

The Series will continue to build on its already successful format, developed and fine-tuned over the last ten years: Stadium Racing, in iconic city-centre locations around the globe. Newly appointed Race Director John Craig, commented on the race format.

“In 2017 we have a calendar of great sailing venues with less physical confines offering the opportunity to diversify the sporting format, while maintaining proximity to the spectators.

“We want to maximise the full potential of the GC32s ensuring intense competition on the water for the world’s best sailors and teams.”

Sailors from all over the world are expected to challenge for the Series title with a mix of existing teams and new blood drawn to the incredibly high standard of racing and expert event organisation.

“On average over each four-day Act, we have between 24-30 races,” commented Tourell. “The Extreme Sailing Series is the only one of its kind to offer such a high volume of races during each event. This gives the sailors the time they want on the water racing at a top level as well as providing a huge amount of entertainment for the public who come to watch, or the VIP guests who race onboard in the award-winning Guest Sailor position.”

The Series will continue its focus on providing outstanding elite level sporting competition, while also delivering a commercially sound product for the Teams, Host Venues and Sponsors, that include Land Rover and SAP.

Each Act will take place over four days, including a dedicated media day. Further information, including venues and the team line up will be publicly revealed in the coming months.

Teams interested in competing in the 2017 season and in finding out more about the venues ahead of the public announcement for the provisional Notice of Race.

The entry period is open now and closes at 12:00 GMT 1 November 2016.
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The first wingsuit competition in a four-cross format, a Red Bull Aces exhibition delighted the crowds at the AIRPOWER16 event this weekend in Zeltweg, Austria. A sporting demonstration packed with speed, precision and agility, and supported by Austrian Armed Forces pilots.

Taking the snowboard cross format and sending it up into the atmosphere, four Red Bull Aces athletes in wingsuits leaped out of a helicopter flying at 2,130m and raced at speeds up to 250km/h over a four-gate slalom course. This spectacular event took place twice in the USA already, but this was a first for the Styrian skies during AIRPOWER16.

One of Europe’s biggest air displays, the show saw the Flying Bulls, Austrian Armed Forces and various international flying squadrons entertaining around 300,000 people over two days. 240 aircrafts came from all around the world, with Spain’s famous Patrulla Aguila flying team, the Patrouille de France, the PC 7 team from Switzerland and Italy’s Frecce Tricolori flying over for the occasion.

Eight skydivers from Europe and the US took part to the wingsuit race exhibition. Marco Waltenspiel (AUT) from the Red Bull Skydive Team, Andy Farrington (USA), Espen Fadnes (NOR), Georg Lettner (AUT), Mike Stehen (USA), Georg Lettner (AUT), Mike Swanson (USA) and Matt Gerdes (USA) jumped and twisted around the course up above the crowd, with Waltenspiel and Swanson winning the two show races.

“There can’t have been anything like this show before in Austria. Red Bull Aces is definitely unique and incredibly spectacular,” said race director and skydiving superstar Luke Aikins. The skydiving consultant for the Red Bull Stratos project in 2012, Aikins recently became the first person to jump from 7,620m without a parachute or wingsuit.

“I think that applies just as much to the athletes as the spectators on the ground,” he added. “With the coloured smoke coming from behind them you could follow really easily who passed the gates correctly, who was in the lead, and who was following which line. That made things very clear for the spectators, and made it so thrilling.” +Red Bull

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Air Racing pilots' recon flight yields superb views of German lake district. The waters of Germany's Lusatian Lake District were as blue as the late-summer skies on Wednesday, as three of the world's top Air Racing pilots – home-country hero Matthias Dolderer, the USA’s Kirby Chambliss and France’s Nicolas Ivanoff – got a spectacular raceplane perspective of the region's beautifully transformed landscape. Two days of intense racing excitement kick off on Saturday when the Red Bull Air Race makes its long-awaited return to Germany’s EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

LAUSITZ (GERMANY) – With perfect weather greeting German pilot Matthias Dolderer as he arrived for his home Red Bull Air Race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz on 3–4 September, he and fellow Master Class pilots Kirby Chambliss (USA) and Nicolas Ivanoff (France) took a flight of the area ahead of the racing action. Among the sights they discovered in eastern Germany's Lusatian Lake District was the largest lake in the chain, the glittering Senftenberger See, which is symbolic of a proud dual heritage.

Since 1844, the Lusatian region has been home to mining of lignite coal, which for years was a vital source of energy for Germany as well as jobs for the hard-working local population. Today, with most of the mines closed the area has become a popular holiday destination, due largely to the man-made lakes created when former mining pits were filled with water. Marinas, sandy beaches and the warm hospitality of those dedicated locals attract over half a million overnight guests each year, and the recreational development is still continuing. In fact, the EuroSpeedway Lausitz itself – the continent's only oval super speedway – was built on the site of a coal mine.

While the scene was tantalizing, the pilots can’t afford to take a holiday yet. With three races to go in the season, Dolderer is at the head of the world championship standings. He’s counting on the fans at the EuroSpeedway to help take him one step closer to the title by cheering him to a home win this weekend. Hoping to steal the victory as well as the hearts of the crowd, pilots such as Chambliss, Ivanoff and the two men currently in second and third overall – Austria’s Hannes Arch and Australia’s Matt Hall – have something distinctly different in mind.

About Red Bull Air Race:
Created in 2003, officially a world championship in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race has held over 70 races and is watched by millions of fans. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was introduced, giving new pilots the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills. Throughout more than a decade of innovation, one thing has remained the same: the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the ultimate motorsport series in the sky.
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