By Hallie Engel
Don Vito Wypraechtiger and the Oris sponsored Swiss Air Racing Team, were crowned the first ever non-American Gold Race champion at the 50th Reno Air Races in Nevada.
The captain of the Swiss Air Racing Team claimed first place in his Formula 1 class Scarlett Screamer airplane, which zipped around the complex course at an average speed of 240 mph. Over 200,000 spectators watched him vie for the trophy against last year’s winner and his primary competitor, Steve Senegal.
Oris executive chairman Ulrich Herzog said: "We are incredibly proud of Don Vito Wypraechtiger and the Swiss Air Racing Team’s achievement at the 50th Reno Air Races. The dedication, passion and skills that Don Vito applies both in and out of the air is inspirational."
Don Vito’s airborne skills were also the basis for the new Oris Air Racing Edition III, a watch limited to 10,000 pieces, which incorporates the crucial design elements required by racing pilots during competition.