Geneva, August 27th, 2018
Mike Goulian is leading in the top rankings after this weekend with 6 points ahead during the fifth round of the RBAR World Championship.
A historical Red Bull Air Race took place in Russia sport’s capital: Kazan. Once again our Alpina watches ambassador displayed his pilot skills by delivering an outstanding performance and show at this year’s fifth race.
Goulian’s confident tactics worked in his favor as he states “I think this racetrack is one of thoses tracks where there’s a magical second: you can lose it or you can gain it with just a very small deviation from the line. This job today is about perfection.”
The Alpina Watches pilot consistency and composure advantaged him during this tight race. On the 8th round, Francois LeVot missed Goulian by a margin of 0.878 seconds. Within seconds of each other: Goulian, Chambliss, Velarde and Sonka battled it out by 0.181 seconds.
What a ride it has been since the beginning of the year for Michael Goulian and Team 99. Kazan’s RBAR thrilling race marks Goulian’s fourth podium holding a historical record during the 2018 series by advancing to the Final 4 all out of five races. Goulian leads at the top of the overall rankings in the World Championships with a total of 55 points.
Goulian states “We are going to try to keep winning. This is not a time to play defense. We will just keep our foot on the gas and try to be consistent. When the opportunity to win arises, we will take it.”
On behalf of Alpina watches we would like to congratulate our ambassador on his constant outstanding and on going performances. We can’t wait for the next race at an all-new location in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
About Michael Goulian
Michael Goulian is one of the most experienced and determined contenders for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and since his first race in 2004 the American has accumulated career highlights including a memorable win at the iconic stop of Budapest, Hungary. Before beginning his racing career, Goulian earned the US National Unlimited Aerobatics Championship and the National Advanced Aerobatics Championship, and he continues to be a popular performer of aerial demonstrations. Goulian is one of just seven pilots ever to earn the triple crown of industry honors for airshow flying: the Art School Memorial Award, the Bill Barber Award and the ICAS Sword of Excellence. Goulian further holds the distinction of being an honorary member of the legendary US Navy Blue Angels. Based in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, the team flies the number 99 Edge 540.
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Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. 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 370kmh 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 conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.
Kazan Final 4 results:
- Sonka (CZE) – 52.123
- Goulian (USA) – 52.238
- Chambliss (USA) – 52.304
- Velarde (ESP) – 52.686
Next 2018 Red Bull Air Races:
September 16-17: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
October 6-7: Indianapolis, USA
November 17-18: FT- Worth, Texas, USA