Japan’s First Red Bull Air Race – Chiba 2015

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

I’ve never enjoyed flying as the air pressure change in the plane always gets to me… I have found that special earplugs do help out a lot though!

Anyway, today I’m going to be taking a look at something rather different that was announced yesterday!

The Red Bull Air Race Chiba 2015!

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s 2015 Championship 2nd Race will be taking place in Japan for the first time!

Red Bull Air Race Chiba 2015Dates:
16th May 2015 (Preliminary)
17th May 2015 (Official Race)
Should the 17th have poor weather, the race will be delayed to the 18th May.

Location:
Kaihim Makuhari Park (Chiba)

Details:
FAI (The World Air Sports Federation) accredited aeroplane championship race. This will be the second of eight races around the world. The races will be done by 14 top race pilots.

Organizer:
Red Bull Air Race Japan Committee

Special Support:
Chiba City

Support:
Chiba Prefecture, Australian Embassy

The important thing to note is that this is Japan’s first time ever hosting a race! It has been held at various famous cities around the world, and now if finally coming to Japan as well!

Good Smile Company is working together with Chiba City and the Race Committee to make the first ever race in Japan one to remember! Good Smile Company’s CEO Aki has been named the executive producer for the tournament! ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

My name is Aki Takanori, the CEO of Good Smile Company. I am proud to announce that I have been given the title of executive producer for the Red Bull Air Race Japan tournament, giving me the privilege of taking part in the first ever Air Race to be held in Japan. While Good Smile Company’s main business has always been making anime, manga and game figures, we have also been taking part in the SUPER GT race as the “Hatsune Miku GT Project”, involving us all sorts of management on the car racing scene as well. Our team made was crowned the champion of the GT300 series this year.

Along with motor-racing, I’ve always been very interested in the extreme sports run by Red Bull and have been keeping an eye on them with great enthusiasm. When I heard the Air Race was looking for possible sites for the tournament, I thought that Japan would be a wonderful place to hold one of the races, and glad that we could make it happen. I will be doing everything in my power to make Japan’s first ever Air Race tournament a race to remember!

GSC will be actively taking part in the running of the event!

We want to make it an event that fans all around the world can enjoy! But before I continue this speech, perhaps I should first address… what exactly is an Air Race? (°д°;)!

What is the Red Bull Air Race?

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation.

Since it was officially launched, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motor-sport on the planet.

Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen; what has evolved into the Red Bull Air Race we know today has far exceeded any original expectations.

It is a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots.

12 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Pilots can win World Championship points at each race and the pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

(http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_INT/article/about-red-bull-air-race)

To summarize! The Red Bull Air Race the world’s fastest three dimensional aeroplane race! A race where you have to think both horizontally and vertically! (´∀`)

I had never heard anything about it before, but after watching some videos from previous contests I realized how thrilling it can be!! It’s really like watching a movie more than watching a sport! Check the official site below for some videos! ヽ(*・ω・)ノ

Red Bull Air Race Official Site: http://www.redbullairrace.com/

The race will be taking place in Chiba, Japan in May 2015!!! I can’t wait to see it all live!!  

Yesterday there  was a press conference that announced all of this, and I had the privilege of sneaking in for some photos myself! (σ・∀・)σ

In front of the conference hall was the Red Bull Car!! ∑(゚Д゚)

Let’s head inside…

It’s more like a ceremonial hall than a conference hall!

Various logos showing all the supporter’s for Japan’s race! I spy the GSC logo!

The speaker’s arrive!

Right: Red Bull Air Race Pilot: Yoshihide Muroya
Left: Red Bull Air Race CEO: Erich Wolf

Right: Chiba City Mayor Toshihito Kumagai
Left: Good Smile Company CEO Aki Takanori

Lawson HMV Entertainment CEO  Ken Sakamoto

Everyone had lovely introductions and passed on their opinions and thoughts regarding the upcoming competition. Things such as safety and why Chiba was chosen were also discussed!

We had Good Smile Company figures on display outside the hall! ♪

Including the recently announced Nendoroid Elsa! ♡

There was also a lovely lady handing out Red Bull to everyone!

I also got a two-shot of Muroya-san and Aki-san together! ★

Good Smile is set and ready to challenge all new things!!

We hope you’ll continue to support us no matter where the wind takes us in the future! (`・ω・´)

Red Bull Air Race Official Site:
http://www.redbullairrace.com/

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\


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Anyways, see you again tomorrow!!

Planning Team / Kahotan
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan