“From Abu Dhabi I must take the positive side with me, the entry in the final 4 and the second best time of the day. One can build up on this”, says Hannes Arch after the first race and his preparation for the season. The groundwork concerned less the plane, on which no great modifications were made, but mainly the body and mental ability of Hannes. He trained for many hours in the mountains for this purpose. This investment in body and soul, as well as the time he spent with his partner and his family gave him new energy for concentration and reflection for the 2016 season.
During the winter the newly composed team invested a lot of time in analysis, for the plane is in itself fast, but it takes more than just having a good machine. Data management, technicalities, mental training, body fitness, in end effect all this supports the fact that Hannes is fast in the air when necessary.
“Our team achieved top work, now we must take this drive with us to Spielberg”, says the optimistic Styrian who looks forward to his home race at the end of April. With a second stop on 23rd and 24th April, the Red Bull Air Race returns again to the Red Bull Ring which naturally pleases Hannes especially. “It is always great for me to fly at home although after the last two races there, I have an account open, but that motivates me even more, to be able to give my best for all my true fans! For me it is my home race as I come from Styria and grew up not far from Spielberg. Irrespective of the fact that the track really suits me, we fly at different levels, there are trees between so particularly difficult, but also the course is very exciting to fly. Sometimes the wind in Spielberg plays a big factor, as a gust of wind can strongly influence the race, much as was clear in 2015. The race in Spielberg is always very emotional for me because there are so many fans present. Also my family and many friends are there who push me even more with their enthusiasm”, says with pleasure Austria´s fastest pilot on the Austria stop of the series.
The Red Bull Air Race in Spielberg is so special for the fans because the whole race can be closely followed as it happens directly in front of the eyes of the spectators. Not only do you feel the emotion live but also the impressive speed, precision and reaction which is required of the pilot, when at 400 km an hour he roars through the pylons. Also the position of the Race Airport, which lies directly on the track, makes it still more exciting for the fans as the pilots here are nearer to the fans as by many other locations. Additionally the spectators are offered a super all-round programme for the time when there is nothing happening in the air, for there is a full programme of entertainment for the whole family.