Monday, May 19, 2014

Promotion Of Red Bull Air Race In Putrajaya Should Be Increased - Khairy


PUTRAJAYA, May 18 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants the promotion of the organisation of the Red Bull Air Race to be escalated in the coming editions.

He urged the race organiser, Aerolomba Sdn Bhd to discuss with his ministry to ensure the organisation of the event was more successful, especially in attracting domestic and international fans.

"I will not deny there are weaknesses in the first organisation of the event but from the feedback received, the Putrajaya circuit is among the best of the eight venues of the event.

"So, we have to improve the following year. We have an organising contract of three years and optional, two years.

"Thus, the government can decide whether we are capable or otherwise in supporting the organisation of the event every year.

"The race can become one of the important events in the national sports tourism calender," he told reporters after handing over prizes to winners of the 2014 Red Bull World Air Race here Sunday.

The final race for the Master Class event today saw Nigel Lamb from Britain emerging champion with the fastest time of one minute, 15.023 seconds. Runner-up was Hannes Arch of Austria at 1:15.597s while third place went to Matt Hall of Australia, at 1:15.691s.

Putrajaya was the third venue of eight venues. Later, it will be in Gdynia, Poland on July 26-27; Ascot, Britain (Aug 16-17), Dallas Fort Worth, United States (Sept 6-7), Las Vegas, United States (Oct 11-12) and China (Nov 1-2).

The race took place at two places, namely, Abu Dhabi (Feb 28-March 1) and Rovinj, Croatia (April 12-13).

Aerolomba was the facilitator in coordinating logistics, accommodation and introducing the world of commerce and local organisations.

The air race is aerosports involving high speed race at low level, using special aeroplanes.

-- BERNAMA

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