Reno Air Races, Nevada, USA – National Championship (Formula One Class)
Swiss Air Racing Team pilot Don Vito Wypraechtiger, Oris brand ambassador, was the first ever Swiss man to qualify for this prestigious event and was placed 2nd in the Formula Gold Race at his first attempt.
The Oris sponsored Swiss Air Racing Team was awarded the Team of the Year at the Reno Air Races 2012. This was in recognition of the team’s resilient and “can do” attitude in overcoming a series of setbacks, given the short time frame but yet making it to the podium finish.
In 2013, Don Vito became the king of the sky at Reno. Together with the Swiss Air Racing Team, he was crowned the first ever non-American Gold Race Champion at the 50th Reno Air Race.
Begun in 1964, the Reno Air Races feature multi-lap, multi-aircraft races between extremely high performance aircraft on closed ovoid courses which range between about 3 miles (Biplane and Formula One) and about 8 miles (jet, unlimited) in length per lap.
Formula One Class 3.12 miles
Formula One aircraft are all powered by a Congenital O-200 engine (the same hp engine used in a Cessna 150) The fastest Formula One aircraft reach almost 250 mph on the 3.12 miles race course in Reno. Many Formula One aircraft are built by the pilots that race them and are a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of air racing.
2014 Reno Air Racing 11th to 14th September 2014, more info on www.joinorisatreno.com