Jet race around Africa will be ‘the grand prix of the sky’

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A ma­jor new avi­a­tion event, The Sky­globe Chal­lenge Transafric­an Air Race will see scores of pri­vate jets race around Africa, depart­ing from Ban­jul, Gam­bia on 1 Jan­uary 2016 for a 12,000 nau­ti­cal mile lap of the con­ti­nent.

The am­bi­tious ‘grand prix above the clouds’ will take crews over thirty hours, in­clude re­fu­elling stops in ten coun­tries and fea­ture dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of air­craft as they vie for sev­eral world records. Held in ac­cor­dance with Fédéra­tion Aéro­nau­tique In­ter­na­tionale (FAI) rules, the Transafric­an Air Race will be the first in a se­ries of far-flung quali­fy­ing heats that will cul­mi­nate in the Sky­globe Chal­lenge Round The World Air Race, set to be the fastest ever race around earth. Or­ga­niz­ers Sky­globe Rac­ing are invit­ing en­tries from air­craft own­ers, crews and com­mer­cial part­ners to join this unique sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Sky­globe claims ‘The race will es­tab­lish the world’s best avi­a­tors, push­ing the lim­its of what state-of-the-art ma­chin­ery is ca­pa­ble, test­ing team­work and pro­vok­ing imag­i­na­tion. It prom­ises to be a mile­stone of avi­a­tion.’

Sky­globe Rac­ing co-founder and mis­sion com­man­der, Cap­tain Ric­cardo Mor­tara is an FAI cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion record holder. “The Transafric­an Air Race is the first of five au­da­cious fly­ing events which will cul­mi­nate in a round-the-world marathon. We were in­spired to take on this chal­lenge im­me­di­ately af­ter I set a record in my Sabre­liner in 2010 by fly­ing east­bound around the world in un­der 58 hours. I view the earth as the ul­ti­mate race track, and with the Sky­globe Chal­lenge we will lap it faster than any other com­pe­ti­tion event.

“Hav­ing raced solo the idea came to fly wingtip to wingtip and cre­ate an avi­a­tion event not dis­sim­i­lar to the Volvo Ocean Race, where crews from all over the globe com­pete to en­ter the his­tory books. We plan to cre­ate the world’s pre­mier jet races, mar­ried to the sense of ad­ven­ture that first made avi­a­tion in­spir­ing. Africa is such an ex­cit­ing con­ti­nent over which to start our cham­pi­onship.”

The Sky­globe Chal­lenge Transafric­an Air Race is cleared for take­off from Ban­jul on New Year’s Day 2016. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.transafric­­globe-rac­ or­globerac­

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