BAD LUCK FOR MATTHIAS DOLDERER AT THE SEASONíS OPENER
RED BULL AIR RACE 2018
4th February 2018
Bad luck for Matthias Dolderer at the season’s opener
An over-G at the penultimate gate proved German pilot Matthias Dolderer’s downfall at the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship opener in Abu Dhabi. The 47-year-old 2016 World champion was leading Australian Matt Hall but exceeded the G limit (12 G) at the penultimate gate and received a Did Not Finish (DNF) score. “That’s a great pity; I’m very disappointed. We want to regain the World title but are still lacking the necessary consistency“, said Dolderer who eventually finished in 13th place. US American Michael Goulian won the event in the United Arab Emirates, ahead of reigning World champion Yoshihide Muroya (Japan) and World silver medallist Martin Šonka (Czech Republic).
Abu Dhabi (UAE) – Matthias Dolderer had high aims in front of Abu Dhabi’s famous Corniche, but in the end the German had to be content with 13th place at the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship opener in the United Arab Emirates. Exceeding the G limit at the penultimate gate in the Round of 14 race against Australian Matt Hall meant a DNF score and early elimination for the 2016 World champion despite the fastest net time. “That’s a great pity, I’m very disappointed. The only positive fact is that we know we are fast and that it actually works”, said the 47-year-old, who had won the qualifying on the previous day and eventually finished in 13th position.
“It is not so easy to get a grip on the over-Gs. There is hardly any difference between 11 and 12 G. It’s nuances and if you want to be fast you have to take risks”, Dolderer continued. Though he is disappointed he has not abandoned his season’s goal. “Today’s result was not good regarding the World Championship; we know that. But we still want to regain the World title and therefore have to also regain consistency.”
US American Michael Goulian won the event in front of the possibly most spectacular skyline of the eight venues of the series thus ensuring the top position in the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
The Red Bull Ait Race is now moving from Abu Dhabi to Cannes to the long-awaited debut of the series in France, scheduled for April 21-22.
Ticketing for the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship is underway. For all the latest news and information, including tickets, visit www.redbullairrace.com.
Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar
2-3 February: Abu Dhabi, UAE
21-22 April: Cannes, France
26-27 May: Europe, location TBA
23-24 June: Budapest, Hungary
4-5 August: Asia, location TBA
25-26 August: Kazan, Russia
6-7 October: Indianapolis, USA
November: Asia, location TBA
About Red Bull Air Race:
Created in 2003, officially a world championship in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race has held over 65 races and is watched by millions of fans. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370 kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was introduced, giving new pilots the chance to develop their low altitude flying skills. Throughout more than a decade of innovation, one thing has remained the same: the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the ultimate motorsport series in the sky.
03 February, 2018
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - INDIANAPOLIS
16th October 2017
Second place in Indianapolis reconciled Dolderer with the season
A fantastic second place at the Red Bull Air Race season’s final on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA reconciled German title defender Matthias Dolderer with the season. At the “holy grail” of motorsports he was only defeated by the new World champion Yoshihide Muroya of Japan, who snatched the title from Czech Martin Šonka at the last minute. Canadian Pete McLeod took bronze overall, Spaniard Juan Velarde finished third in Indianapolis.
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15 October, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - LAUSITZRING
World champion Dolderer risked everything
Defending World champion Matthias Dolderer risked everything in front of a full house on the Lausitzring at the seventh event of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship but failed to recap his second position of last year. At the end the 47-year-old German managed only twelfth place. “Of course I’m disappointed but the backdrop was mega.” Japanese Yoshihide Muroya won the race ahead of Australian Matt Hall and World Championship leader Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic. Four pilots still have the chance of winning the World title at the season’s finale in Indianapolis on O...
17 September, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - PORTUGAL
4th September 2017
World champion Dolderer eighth in front of 600,000 fans
Cheered on by 600,000 fans, World champion Matthias Dolderer finished in eighth place in a race that will go down in history due to the impressive number of spectators – 850,000 on the whole weekend at the sixth event of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in Porto, Portugal. “I am a bit disappointed but an upward trend is noticeable. Now I’m looking forward to the many fans at my home race at the Lausitzring.”
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04 September, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - KAZAN
25th July 2017
German pilot Matthias Dolderer was eliminated in the round of 14 after hitting a pylon and had to be content with tenth place at the fifth event of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in Kazan. US American Kirby Chambliss was victorious at the first ever race in Russia and also took over the lead in the World Championship overall standings.
Kazan (Russia) – Reigning World champion Matthias Dolderer bowed out of the Red Bull Air Race in the round of 14 at its premiere in Russia losing to eventual winner, US American Kirby Chambliss and finished in tenth place. Both pilots hit a pylon and received a three-second penalty. At the end the 46-yea...
23 July, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - CHIBA
3rd July 2017
World champion Matthias Dolderer had to contend himself with 13th place at the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest since he exceeded the G force limit in the race against World Champonship leader Yoshihide Muroya of Japan in the first knock-out round of the day and received a DNF (Did Not Finish) score. US American Kirby Chambliss won the fourth competition of the season.
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02 July, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - CHIBA
04 June, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - SAN DIEGO
16th April 2017
Dolderer finished third at the Red Bull Air Race in San Diego
German World champion Matthias Dolderer finished third in the second event of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego and now holds second position in the overall ranking. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya won the race in California, Slovenia’s Peter Podlunšek came second. The German was on course to victory for a long time in the Final 4 but then hit a pylon on the penultimate gate and was given a three-second penalty. “I had to take some risk, and then it happened.”
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17 April, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2017 - ABU DHABI
13th February 2017
Bad luck for Matthias Dolderer: Time penalty prevents podium in Abu Dhabi
Martin Sonka won the opening race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi. It was the Czech Republican pilot’s first ever victory in a race of the World Championship series. Spaniard Juan Velarde finished second, Canadian Pete McLeod third. Reigning world champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany was a bit unfortunate: Shortly before the end of Final 4 he caught a time penalty and had to be content with fourth place.
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11 February, 2017
Russia Premiers Stop in 2017 Red Bull Air Race
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19 January, 2017
RED BULL AIR RACE 2016 - Las Vegas
16th October 2016
Matthias Dolderer was awarded Germany’s first Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the 2016 season finale in Las Vegas, USA on 16 October.
Australia’s Matt Hall claimed second place overall, with Hannes Arch of Austria honored in third.
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16 October, 2016
RED BULL AIR RACE 2016 - Indianapolis
Matthias Dolderer takes his third win of the season and is crowned World Champion
Dolderer flew the perfect run in the Final 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take the race win and also the World Championship title.
The German pilot has been consistent all season and when the pressure came on in the Final 4 here in the IMS he didn't crack under the pressure.
02 October, 2016