The French took the lead through Nicolas IVANOFF and François LE VOT in this season-opening air race in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Ivanoff finished first after a narrow victory since the German Matthias DOLDERER was only 0.110″ behind him. The RBAR biggest surprise came from LE VOT who finished third. It is the first time he has been on the podium. The Australian Matt HALL could not perform as expected as he hit a pylon during the opening round. The Austrian Hannes ARCH was disqualified for surprisingly flying off track. The next race should fit him better since it will be in Spielberg, Austria on April 23rd and 24th.
2016 MASTER CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING – 1st Race :
- FRA – Nicolas IVANOFF, 15 points
- GER – Matthias DOLDERER, 12 points
- FRA – François LE VOT, 9 points
- USA – Kirby CHAMBLISS, 6 points
- USA – Michael GOULIAN, 5 points