The iconic Chain Bridge in Budapest will once again feature in the Red Bull Air Race calendar, when the World Championship heads to the Hungarian capital for 2016. As one of the most popular stops, Budapest always pulls in a monumental crowd to witness the racing action. In 2009, 650,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube, and when the city earned a spot in the 2015 race season, fans returned in their thousands once again. For this season, it'll be a summertime spectacle as the pilots head to Hungary on 16-17 July.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is considered an important central European hub for business, culture and tourism. A go-to cultural destination, its World Heritage Sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue and the Millennium Underground railway, the first on the European continent.

Split across the Danube, it's a city of two halves – Buda and Pest. The iconic backdrop of the neogothic Parliament building on the Pest side of the river offers fans a stunning panoramic view of the action. On the Buda side of the city, you'll find the Statue of Liberty, on top of Gellért Hill, along with the Citadel.

Budapest attracts over 20 million visitors a year, making it one of the top destinations in Europe and is regularly featured in the Top 10 list of World's Best Cities.

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Day Local Time Event Location
Saturday 16 Jul - Qualifying Day 10:30 Doors open
10:05 Masters Mentoring Program
10:45 CHALLENGER CLASS - Free practice
11:40 Side act – Szebastian Szolath wakeboarding
11:50 Side act - Pal Takats paraglider
13:00 Side act - Flying Bulls
13:40 Side act - Peter Besenyei aerobatic display
13:50 MASTER CLASS - Free practice
15:00 Side act – Szebastian Szolath wakeboarding
15:20 CHALLENGER CLASS - Qualifying
15:55 Side act - Peter Besenyei track flying
16:00 MASTER CLASS - Qualifying
17:25 Side act - Breitling Douglas DC-3
17:30 Concert of Cloud 9+
19:00 Doors close
Sunday 17 Jul - Race Day 10:30 Doors open
14:15 MASTER CLASS - Round of 14
15:10 Side act - Breitling Douglas DC-3
15:15 Side act - Peter Besenyei aerobatic display
15:20 Side act - Flying Bulls
16:00 MASTER CLASS - Round of 8
16:30 MASTER CLASS - Final 4
17:45 MASTER CLASS - Prize giving ceremony
18:00 Doors close

The racetrack in Budapest will span the Danube, making it one of the most unique stops on the calendar. Pilots will kick off each run by flying under the famous Chain Bridge, before flying along the river, navigating the complex aerial course where speed will be a key factor in race success.

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