Car versus motorcycle race videos are pretty ho-hum these days, so how do you spice things up? What about throwing a fighter jet into the mix?
That’s what happened this weekend at Brno International Airport in the Czech Republic. Organizers pit the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale against a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and an Aero L-29 Delfín Czech military jet in a drag race.
The vehicles weren’t the only notables in the competition. MotoGP racer Karel Abraham of the Czech Cardion AB race team rode the Panigale, on loan from Ducati Slovakia. The Porsche was also ridden by an experienced racer, Porsche GT3 Cup Czech national Champion Tomas Micanek. The L-29 Delfín (Dolphin) was operated by retired Czech army pilot Pavel Vesely.
The drag race was held along the airport’s main runway. The L-29 was given a running start, with the Porsche and the Ducati waiting until the Dolphin flew overhead at approximately 200 kph (124 mph). The 911 quickly caught the jet plane and led for most of the race before being passed by the Panigale close to the finish, traveling at close to 300 kph (186 mph).
After the race, Micanek said the result would have been different if he had driven the faster RSR version of the Porsche 911 GT3.
“It’s a shame that I couldn’t drive fastest RSR version, because our mechanics were still working on it and preparing it for next race,” says Micanek. “I think that in this case we could see Porsche passing the finish line at the first place.”
Abraham had a comeback ready: “Yes, and If I rode MotoGP Desmosedici, guess who’s the winner.”
As for Vesely, the retired pilot says the jet just ran out of runway.
“I need more time to accelerate to this speed,” says Vesely.
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