British Air Racing Championship

by Royal Aero Club Records, Racing and Rally Association

Handicapped air racing is both an exciting sport for pilots and spectators alike. Want to race as a pilot or navigator? Find out what you need to do to join.

Upcoming Events

  • 25 Jun, 10:00 – 26 Jun, 16:00
    Haverfordwest, Fishguard Rd, Haverfordwest SA62 4BN, UK
    Races 3 and 4 of the 2022 championship. Racing for the City Livery Trophy on the 25th June and the Ginger Lacy Trophy on the 26th June.
  • 23 Jul, 10:00 – 24 Jul, 16:00
    Biggleswade, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, UK
    Racing for the Merlin Trophy on the 23rd July and the Schneider Trophy on the 24th July.
  • 13 Aug, 10:00 – 14 Aug, 16:00
    Church Fenton, Church Fenton, Leeds LS24 9SE, UK
    Racing for the Airborne Trophy on the 13th and the Grosvenor Trophy on the 14th August.
  • 24 Sept, 10:00 – 25 Sept, 16:00
    Morpeth, Eshott Airfield, Morpeth NE65 9QJ, UK
    Racing for the Steward's Cup on the 24th September and the King's Cup on the 25th September.
  • 30 Sept, 10:00 – 01 Oct, 16:00
    Biggleswade, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, UK
    A special race to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first running of the King's Cup air race in 1922. Entries are only open to aircraft first registered up to 1962.
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What is handicapped air racing?

Air racing in the UK is as old as aviation itself. The magnificent trophies competitors race for each year carry names of pioneers in the history of flight.  Handicapped air racing is where competitors are set off at different times depending on the speed of their aircraft.  First one to cross the line wins (unless they get disqualified).  This is called a pursuit race.  Usual races are 4-5 laps and cover a total distance of 80-100 nautical miles.  Most of the race is flown at 500ft AGL or more for safety and noise abatement but the start and finish is much lower.

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