Dolderer quickest in Abu Dhabi Round of 8

World Champion carries on where he left off

Dolderer was quickest in Round of 8

Matthias Dolderer showed why he's the World Champion with a fantastic flight in the Round of 8, and Juan Velarde also sees himself into the Final 4 for the first time. Here's how the the round went down...

Heat 8
Goulian V McLeod
Michael Goulian entered the track with a good start speed, and the American flew cleanly and smoothly in his run posting a time of 54:960s. McLeod was behind in the first three split times, but was pushing and gaining on Goulian's time. McLeod crossed the Finish Gate 0.008s ahead of his rival to book his place in the Final 4.

Heat 9
Ivanoff v Sonka
The experienced Nicolas Ivanoff posted one of his slowest times of the week in the Round of 8. Ivanoff finished his lap in 54.676s, this was the time the fastest Qualifier, Martin Sonka needed to beat. As Sonka crossed each split time marker it went green, showing him to be faster than Ivanoff and he was more than a second quicker by the end of the lap.

Heat 10
Bolton v Dolderer
New Master Class pilot Cristian Bolton was up against the World Champion in his first Round of 8 encounter. Bolton put in a clean solid run, but it was slow, and posted 55.980s for Dolderer to beat. Dolderer was slower than Bolton at the first split time, but he kept his head and by the time he crossed the Finish Gate he was a second quicker than the Chilean pilot.

Heat 11
Le Vot v Velarde
Francois Le Vot had one of his passes under review, but the judges said he was fine, so didn't collect a penalty, finishing with a final time of 55.973s. Velarde was quickest in the Round of 14, and he was behind Le Vot's time at the first split, but was ahead after the fist lap. By the time he crossed the finish line he was 0.600s faster, putting him in the Final 4 for the first time in his Red Bull Air Race career.