Alpina Victory of Michael Goulian in Abu Dhabi
Nine years after its first win in Budapest, Alpina Watches Brand Ambassador Michael Goulian adds a second victory to his credit by winning the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race.
It’s been a long wait for Alpina Brand Ambassador Michael Goulian. Nine years since the last win in Budapest 2009. Flying consistently fast all week, persistence paid off. 50,000 spectators watched on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche as Michael Goulian delivered an impressive 53.695 second time through the track during the Final 4, ultimately pushing him at the top of the podium.
Michael Goulian, winner of the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race © Alpina
“It was awesome, and my whole team is over the moon. It’s been a long time coming to get my second win, but it feels great. I was very fast all week and very consistent. I was excited for qualifying, excited for the race, but I knew I couldn’t get too excited. So we worked on just putting one foot in front of the other and making small improvements. I had a feeling we would do well today, but I didn’t want to put the cart in front of the horse. We want to be consistent now and we want to win races, but our aim is to make the Final 4, get the points and be in the hunt for the World Championship,” Michael Goulian said.
Michael Goulian © Alpina
Results Master Class Abu Dhabi 2018
1. Michael Goulian (USA)
2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
3. Kirby Chambliss (USA)
4. Martin Šonka (CZE)
5. Matt Hall (AUS)
6. Ben Murphy (GBR)
7. François Le Vot (FRA)
8. Mika Brageot (FRA)
9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE)
10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)
11. Juan Velarde (ESP)
12. Cristian Bolton (CHI)
13. Matthias Dolderer (GER)
14. Pete McLeod (CAN)
Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race
This year, Abu Dhabi plays host to the Red Bull Air Race for the 11th time! It set once again the scene as the action-packed season opener for a brand new World Championship. The Red Bull Air Race kicked off in style, offering fans the perfect racing destination with plenty to see, do and experience away from the racetrack.
Michael Goulian © Alpina
The race took place over the Arabian Gulf's stunning blue waters and fans were able to witness all the action from the purpose-built race village on the Corniche breakwater. With unrivalled views of the race and the UAE capital's impressive skyline, the arena is an entertainment focal point for all the family.
Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar
- February 2-3: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- April 21-22: Cannes, France
- May 26-27: Europe, location TBC
- June 23-24: Budapest, Hungary
- August 4-5: Asia, location TBC
- August 25-26: Kazan, Russia
- October 6-7: Indianapolis, USA
- November 2018: Asia, location TBC