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

  • Llanbedr Air Race
    Llanbedr
    21 Aug, 10:00 – 22 Aug, 17:00
    Llanbedr, Llanbedr LL45, UK
    The 4th race weekend of the season sees us return to an old favourite.
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  • Alderney fly in
    Alderney
    27 Aug, 10:00 – 29 Aug, 17:00
    Alderney, Alderney, Guernsey
    A short break from racing to enjoy the delights of the channel islands. Non-members can express an interest here.
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  • Leeds East Air Race
    Church Fenton
    11 Sep, 10:00 – 12 Sep, 17:00
    Church Fenton, Church Fenton, Leeds LS24 9SE, UK
    Moved from April to September to keep it in the calendar
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  • Leicester Air Race
    Leicester Airport
    25 Sep, 10:00 – 26 Sep, 17:00
    Leicester Airport, Leicester Airport, Gartree Rd, Leicester LE2 2FG, UK
    The grand finale of the season where the racers compete for the legendary Kings Cup.
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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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