The opening round of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race championship takes off in Abu Dhabi this weekend. The two-day event will see fourteen pilots compete against each other – and the clock – to complete a slalom course through 25-metre high floating pylons. The Air Race is known as the fastest motor-sport in the world as the aerobatic racing planes are capable of reaching speeds of up to 230mph.

There will be a total of eight races in eight different locations, which are as follows:

2016 Race Calendar:

Abu Dhabi, UAE (11-12 March)

Spielberg, Austria (23-24 April)

Japan (To be confirmed)

Budapest, Hungary (16-17 July)

Ascot, Great Britain (13-14 August)

Lausitzring, Germany (3-4 September)

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1-2 October)

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (15-16 October)

Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH said “The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike.”

We’ve put together fifteen amazing photos from previous years to give you an idea of the excitement in store for 2016.

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