Press Releases
November 11, 2016
  • Air Race 1 CEO and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and officials

In one week, history will be made at the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport in Thailand when the first-ever race in the sport known for generations as formula one air racing will be held in Asia. The aviation motorsport, making its Asian debut, is presented by Chang and supported by The Sports Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Navy.
The Air Race 1 Presented by Chang will be opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday 19-20 November 2016 with many other attractions and entertainment for fans to enjoy.
Next week’s race will not only be a test of pilots from USA, France, Sweden and other nationalities, but it will also be a test of the venue as it prepares itself to host of the World Cup of Air Racing in year 2017. The race is sanctioned by the International Formula One Air Racing Association (IF1) and the formula air racing associations in France and UK, APAF and FARA.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand opened a press conference in Bangkok on Friday to announce the partnership with Air Race 1. A panel of dignitaries also welcomed the event to Thailand, including Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports; Mr. Sakol Wannapong, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand; Admiral Phaldej Charoenpool, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy; and Mr. Vichate Tantiwanich, Senior Vice President of Thai Beverage Plc.
Vichate Tantiwanich, Senior Vice President at Thai Beverage, said “Thai Beverage is delighted to sponsor the Asian premier of the world’s fastest motorsport, the ‘Air Race 1 Thailand Presented by Chang’. This is the first of its kind in Thailand and we are sure it will receive a warm welcome from motorsport fans in Thailand and around the world.”
Mukkhaphon Amornwet, CEO of TAB Agency, a leading sport marketing company and the Air Race 1 representative in Thailand, said “Thailand is continually attracting new thrilling international events and Air Race 1 is a fine example of this. As an experienced event organizer of world class professional sports events, TAB Agency enjoys the challenge of bringing complex and innovative events to Thailand. We have been pleased by the high level of support from so many organizations here and we expect a very high public turnout.”
Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race 1, the exclusive international promoter for the sport, said “Thailand has given the Air Race 1 such a fantastic reception – the country’s reputation for its friendly hospitality is lived up to! We are also extremely pleased at the high standard of professionalism and capability of all our Thai partners as we forge new trails together. This is an exciting moment for our sport and we hope to make it an exciting moment for Thailand.”

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