Red Bull Air Race World Championship: Rovinj Race Review

After a hard start with his new Edge 540 race plane in Abu Dhabi, Michael Goulian has been making great strides in his race performances. Team 99 making the Final 4 and achieving fourth place at the third race in Rovinj, Croatia was an amazing improvement from their sixth place finish in Chiba, Japan. “We came to Rovinj with a lot of confidence after a good showing in Chiba. We know our plane is not the fasted on the grid but with good flying and race tactics, we were thinking a podium was possible,” said Goulian.

The battle for the championship was a difficult one for all pilots. At one of the most challenging racetracks in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, pilots dealt with high changing winds off the Adriatic Sea as well as tight turns on the shoreline racetrack. In the end, the third race of the 2015 season became a fight to the podium for the Final 4. Hannes Arch of Austria won the race in Rovinj for the second year in a row after bouncing back after struggling in training; this was also his 10th career victory in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic hit high speeds of 370 km/h securing his second place standing while Matt Hall of Australia’s achieved his third straight podium of 2015 in Rovinj.

Rovinj Race Results:

  1. Hannes Arch (AUT)
  2. Martin Sonka (CZE)
  3. Matt Hall (AUS)
  4. Michael Goulian (USA)
  5. Nigel Lamb (GBR)
  6. Matthias Dolderer (GER)
  7. Pete McLeod (CAN)
  8. Paul Bonhomme (GBR)

Next stop in the series is the much-awaited reappearance of Budapest, Hungary. “For Budapest, it’s more of the same. Fly fast early and then keep getting better as the week progresses. We will also keep working on making our plane faster too,” Goulian said.


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