Spielberg was an emotional week for Team 99 – After leading the time sheet for two out of three practice sessions during the week, the #99 Edge 540 had shown dominating performance at the complex track of Spielberg, Austria. Setting the Track Record on Saturday morning with a time of 56.808 seconds filled the Team with confidence and momentum going into the Race, when weather became an issue – for the first time in history, an Air Race was to be flown under light snow!
With constant changes in weather conditions, specially wind, the changes on the optimum lines became very dynamic, requiring constant adjustments. A small miscue during Goulian’s Round of 14 flight dictated there was no route to the Final 4 that day. Not the result expected by the Team, Goulian says: “We’re fast, and we know it! The next step is to translate our speed into consistent race pace, and we will be challenging every race. Sometimes learning can be painful, but I guess it’s necessary! We have to thank all the support from our partners – Cirrus Aircraft, Hartzell Propeller and BOSE Aviation. Without them, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today. A couple wins are in order, and we’ll definitely be in the chase for the World Championship!”
Cirrus Aircraft wishes Team 99 the best of luck on their next Red Bull Air Race, coming up June 4-5 in Chiba, Japan!
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