U.S. Red Bull race pilot Mike Goulian won his first event in nine years winning the season opener in Abu Dhabi in convincing fashion. Goulian, who is sponsored by Cirrus, ran the pylons in 53.695 seconds, a third of a second faster than 2017 overall champion Yoshi Muroya, of Japan. Martin Sonka, of the Czech Republic, was third and American Kirby Chambliss was fourth. “It’s been a long time coming to get to the second win and my whole team is over the moon,” said Goulian. “Now we need consistency. There are 13 other great pilots in the Red Bull Air Race, and I feel nothing but excitement for the rest of the year.”
Canadian Pete McLeod, who was third overall last year, finished last in Abu Dhabi after being disqualified for exceeding the 10-G limit. The next race is in Cannes, France April 21-22. The only U.S race will be held in Indianapolis Oct. 6-7.