Keszthely steps up as possible alternative venue for Red Bull Air Race

 

The deputy mayor of Keszthely, on the northwest shore of Lake Balaton, has suggested the city as a possible venue for the Hungarian leg of this year's Red Bull Air Race, regional daily Zalai Hírlap said over the weekend.

The Festetics palace in Keszthely Photo: MTVA/Imre Faludi

The Festetics palace in Keszthely
Photo: MTVA/Imre Faludi

 

Budapest mayor István Tarlós recently said the capital would not issue a permit for the Red Bull Air Race, planned for July of this year, because of “inadequate conditions”, prompting a search by local organiser Hungaroring Sport for an alternative venue.

 

Keszthely deputy mayor Bálint Nagy told Zalai Hírlap that he had spoken to Hungaroring Sport’s head on the phone about the possibility of hosting the race. The city is close to an airport, and the nearby spa town of Hévíz has ample hotel capacity, he added.