Congratulations to Team 99 and Mike Goulian for their epic efforts in racing the extremely challenging Red Bull Air Race course in Budapest, Hungary this past weekend. Weather conditions were unfavorable from the start – causing delays, the cancellation of Qualifying rounds on Saturday as well as the Final Round of 4 on Sunday, and conditions that many pilots described as the most turbulent they could remember. The rain and winds certainly cast a shadow upon the hopes of some of the pilots, but they did not affect the enthusiasm of the crowd of nearly 20,000 who gathered along the banks of the Danube to celebrate the historic 70th Red Bull Air Race.
Mike Goulian finished tenth in a competition that offered no favors to pilots. Germany’s Matthias Dolderer secured the first place finish with a time of 58.653 seconds, while Austria’s Hannes Arch was second with 58.942 and Australia’s Matt Hall took third with 59.236. Because of the cancellation of the Final Round of 4, standings were based on Round of 8 results and awarded at 75% of the points given in a full race. American Kirby Chambliss, who rounded out the Budapest top 4, now sits just behind in the third position with 25.25 points.
Sights are now set on the next race at the iconic Ascot racecourse in the UK, 13-14 August. No doubt the challenges in Hungary will only fuel the flames for the next round of competition! Congratulations to all the teams, and we’ll be rooting for you in Ascot, Mike!
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