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Goulian sets his sights on a top six finish

Mike Goulian • October 28, 2014

Goulian, who won the 2009 race in Budapest, has struggled with an under-performing airplane all season. He is back in 12th place overall with four 12th place finishes in the seven races. His best result this year was 9th in Gdynia - just missing out on 1 point for eighth place. Goulian is the only pilot in the 12-man field without any points this year - something he wants to change on Sunday.

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Mike Goulian flying in the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria during training Oct 24th. Photo credit: Sebastian Marko

SPIELBERG, (Austria)- Michael Goulian believes a strong finish to the otherwise disappointing 2014 season in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship could put his team on the right track for a brighter future and the American is optimistic that he can get in the top six at the final race in Spielberg in the Austrian Alps.

"It wasn’t a great season for us," Goulian said. "We had a slow airplane that we struggled with for the whole year."

"I think this is a race that might may be wide open because it’s quite a challenging track," said the pilot from Plymouth, Massachusetts. "I want to get into the Super 8. Once you’re the Super 8, you go really fast as you can and make it in the Final Four. If I could get a top six finish would be great."

The racetrack at the Red Bull Ring is one of the most challenging ever in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship due to the elevation changes of 65 meters. "Some of the gates are blind so you’re not going able to see one gate as you see the other. It’s going to be a very interesting track," he said.

Goulian is determined to gather experience from his mistakes this season and prepares himself by developing racing tactics, engineering and his plane for the 2015 season.

"You learn a lesson from every race to get better in the next one. So for us it was really a learning year."

Watch the Austrian WebCAST this weekend: www.redbullairrace.com/live - Sunday, Oct 26th 13:30 -16:00 UTC [8:30AM EST]

Watch the Las Vegas Red Bull Air Race World Championship race on FOX SPORTS on Monday, October 27th

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