Peter Podlunšek retired from the Red Bull Air Race at the end of the 2017 season. He had a successful year with the highlight being his second place finish in San Diego. The Slovenian pilot decided that he wanted to leave the series at the end of the year to concentrate on other adventures.
Podlunsek was the first Slovenian pilot to compete for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Long the top aerobatic pilot in his country, Podlunšek initially expanded his skillset to air racing with two seasons in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class, earning four race podiums as well as runner-up in the Challenger Cup Championship. Despite a steep learning curve when he moved to the Master Class in 2016, the pilot earned his first World Championship points in only his second race, and he continued to impress with a strong dedication to training and technical progression throughout his debut season.
Born in the town of Trbovlje, Podlunšek was fascinated by aviation from an early age and earned his licence to fly gliders at 16. He began flying motorised planes at 21 and took up aerobatics three years later. In his first national aerobatic championship, Podlunšek captured third place in the highest category, and he has been amassing medals ever since. Renowned for delivering dynamic runs packed with variety, he has won the Slovenian National Championship eight times, represented Slovenia in the World and European Championships, and triumphed at numerous other international competitions. In two decades of flying global air shows as well as competitive events, Podlunšek has clocked more than 1,800 flight hours.