handicap air racing
In Europe, a more
economical form of racing has developed which allows pilots to use any
aircraft capable of more than 100 mph. Like at Reno, the aircraft race
together and it is not unusual to have several aircraft turning at very
close quarters. Run by the
Records, Racing and
Rally Association in the UK competing pilots must show that they are
capable of making deep turns without gaining or losing altitude.
Races are held at venues around Europe but mainly in the UK including
Alderney in the Channel Isles. Racing culminates with the British Air
Racing Champion and in an effort to make the sport more Europe-wide a
European Air Racing Champion.
Generally, the races comprise four or five laps of a course of 25 miles
centred on an airfield, with a staggered start on handicap, designed to
produce a simultaneous finish. Spectators are therefore able to see both
the start and the finish.
Races are occasionally held from point to point and from country to
country. Racing pilots - men and women - come from all walks of life and
localities. Recent examples battling for honours range from RAF pilots to
airline captains, businessmen, writers, travel agents, policemen and many
The aircraft they fly are just as varied. In speed they range from 100 MPH
to nearly 250 MPH encompassing trainers through to executive twins, single
seat racers to classic tourers, homebuilts to war-birds. In the year 2005
the Schneider Trophy was won by John Village in a Vans RV6, the Kings Cup
for a record 4th time by Roger Hayes, and the British Air Racing
Championship by Craig Beevers in a Scottish Aviation Bulldog.
just stick on racing numbers and you are away!
for further information
you can download the rules