Geneva. January 2018 – In light of its latest collaboration with champion aviator Michael Goulian, Alpina Watches will further its commitment to the Air Universe with a renewed partnership with the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

The Partnership

Complementing its ambassadorship collaboration with Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian, Alpina Watches is now the official Michael Goulian Team Partner. Alpina Watches will be present at all 2018 Red Bull Air races, supporting Michael Goulian. Michael says: “I’m very excited to once again be working with Alpina this season. The energy and excitement behind the brand is fantastic and it’s a huge honor to be a small part of that energy”.

Aviation has been part of Alpina’s DNA for almost a century. In 1921, Alpina became a renowned supplier of time instruments for military pilots and air forces so it’s only natural to welcome Michael Goulian as part of the Alpina aviation family.

About Michael Goulian

Michael Goulian is one of the most experienced and determined contenders for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and since his first race in 2004 the American has accumulated career highlights including a memorable win at the iconic stop of Budapest, Hungary. Before beginning his racing career, Goulian earned the US National Unlimited Aerobatics Championship and the National Advanced Aerobatics Championship, and he continues to be a popular performer of aerial demonstrations. Goulian is one of just seven pilots ever to earn the triple crown of industry honors for airshow flying: the Art School Memorial Award, the Bill Barber Award and the ICAS Sword of Excellence. Goulian further holds the distinction of being an honorary member of the legendary US Navy Blue Angels. Based in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, the team flies the number 99 Edge 540.
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Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.

2018 Red Bull Air Race Start Event – Abu Dhabi

2018 will see Abu Dhabi play host to the Red Bull Air Race for the 11th time! It will once again set the scene as the action-packed season opener for a brand new World Championship. The Red Bull Air Race will kick off in style, offering fans the perfect racing destination with plenty to see, do and experience away from the racetrack.

The race will take place over the Arabian Gulf’s stunning blue waters and fans will be able to witness all the action from the purpose-built race village on the Corniche breakwater. With unrivalled views of the race and the UAE capital’s impressive skyline, the arena will be an entertainment focal point for all the family.


Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar:
February 2-3:           Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 21-22:               Cannes, France
May 26-27:                Europe, location TBC
June 23-24:              Budapest, Hungary
August 4-5:               Asia, location TBC
August 25-26:          Kazan, Russia
October 6-7:              Indianapolis, USA
November 2018:      Asia, location TBC