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

  • Haverfordwest Air Race
    Haverfordwest Airport
    26 Jun, 10:00 – 27 Jun, 17:00
    Haverfordwest Airport, Fishguard Rd, Haverfordwest SA62 4BN, UK
    The team travel to Wales this time for the 2nd race weekend of the season
  • 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
  • Beccles Air Race
    Beccles Airfield
    22 May, 10:00 – 23 May, 17:00
    Beccles Airfield
    First race of the season. All to play for.
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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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