Ivanoff Wins Abu Dhabi! Goulian / Chambliss / McLeod HIGHlites & Reaction

  • Mar 13, 2016 7:37am GMT

With some new rules and faces the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship got underway yesterday. With one less training day because of an unseasonal storm the season kickoff was just as tumultuous seeing the fastest pilot going into the finals finishing 9th and the bottom-ranked pilot earning the podium.

Nicolas Ivanoff of France won the race barely a tenth of a second faster than Matthias Dolderer of Germany while François Le Vot of France who was ranked 14th, captured his first career podium in third third place.

Matt Hall of Australia, who was ranked number one after finishing second overall last year, hit a pylon and failed to advance beyond the opening round for only the third time in his career. Another top favorite, 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch, gave fans a similar surprise after flying brilliantly through the early rounds only to earn a Disqualification in the Final 4 for passing the Safety Line. Subsequently he was awarded 0 points.

That moved the North Americans up giving Kirby Chambliss 4th, Michael Goulian 5th and Pete McLoed 6th. Watch their highlites and hear their comments in the video below.

There are seven more races in six countries. “I propose we end the season right now,” joked the Team Hamilton pilot. “Actually, we worked really hard for this in training and I was not stressed coming into the race – but I knew we had to be really careful. I’m very happy for my team and my fans.” The next race is in Spielberg, Austria on 23-24 April – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest,

Results Master Class Abu Dhabi: 1. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 2. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 3. François Le Vot (FRA), 4. Hannes Arch (AUT), 5. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 6. Michael Goulian (USA), 7. Pete McLeod (CAN), 8. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 9. Matt Hall (AUS), 10. Juan Velarde (ESP), 11. Nigel Lamb (GBR) , 12. Peter Podlunšek (SLO), 13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) , 14. Martin Šonka (CZE)

World Championship Standings: 1. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 15 points, 2. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 12 pts,3. François Le Vot (FRA) 9 pts, 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 6 pts, 5. Michael Goulian (USA) 5 pts, 6. Pete McLeod (CAN) 4 pts, 7. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 3 pts, 8. Matt Hall (AUS) 2 pts, 9. Juan Velarde (ESP) 1 pt, 10. Hannes Arch (AUT), 11. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 12. Peter Podlunšek (SLO), 13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 14. Martin Šonka (CZE)