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Red Bull Air Race relocates to Lake Balaton

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The town of Zamárdi, on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, will host the Hungarian leg of this yearʼs Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Mayor Gyula Csákovics told state news agency MTI on Friday. The race has been moved after the mayor of Budapest refused to renew its permit for the capital.

Hungarian aerobatics pilot Péter Besenyei, sometimes cited as the godfather of the Red Bull Air Race due to his work in helping develop it.

A decision on making Zamárdi the new venue has been taken, but a number of details still need to be worked out between the organizers and officials, Csákovics said. He conceded that the event would put a similar strain on the cityʼs capacity as Balaton Sound, the electronic music festival held in the locality in July, but said the chance to watch the race from the beach was a great opportunity and would raise the profile of the whole region.

Established in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race was created by Red Bull GmbH as an international series of air races in which competitors navigate a challenging obstacle course in the fastest time.

This yearʼs Hungarian leg of the Red Bull Air Race is scheduled for July 12-14, one week after Balaton Sound, which draws tens of thousands of young people to the same beachside venue.

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said in February that the capital would not issue a permit for the Red Bull Air Race this year because of "inadequate conditions," prompting the search by local organizer Hungaroring Sport for an alternative venue.

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