Rain puts people off Rotterdam Red Bull Air Race

21st July 2008, Comments 0 comments

A mere 50,000 people attended the Red Bull Air Race in Rotterdam over the weekend as compared to the hundreds of thousands who attended in 2005.

21 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A mere 50,000 people attended the second and last day of the Red Bull Air Race in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, which drew hundreds of thousands the last time it was held, in 2005.

The organisers blame the weather. Lightning and strong winds had already brought the show to a standstill on Saturday, but it resumed on Sunday, albeit under threatening skies.

Spectators watched pilots steer their single-engine planes at speeds of up to 400 kilometres per hour through pylons anchored in the Maas, often skimming just a few metres over the water.

The winner was Britain's Paul Bonhomme.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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