F1: Korean GP formally dropped; 2015 schedule now at 20 races

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The 2015 Formula One World Championship is now set at 20 races after the FIA’s confirmation that it has officially dropped the Korean Grand Prix from the calendar.

Early last month, the race was a surprise addition to the provisional 2015 calendar. It was slotted in for the weekend of May 3, one week before the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

But just before Christmas, the FIA updated its International Sporting Calendar with the Korean GP omitted. However, there was some confusion as the calendar still listed “21 competitions” for F1, even with that particular race dropped.

Now, the matter has finally been settled following yet another revision to the calendar that was posted Tuesday on the FIA’s web site. You can see the new calendar here.

With the Korean GP gone from the May 3 weekend, there is now a three-week gap between the Bahrain Grand Prix (Apr. 19) and the aforementioned Spanish GP.

The Korean GP ran for four seasons (2010-2013) at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, but financial problems and poor attendance ultimately led to its demise.

Last September, a group of promoters reportedly met with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about reviving the event in 2016 – but as a night-time street race in Seoul.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

Red Bull Imagination Bereman
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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.