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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.
 

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