Muroya takes season opener by just 0.003s at Red-Bull Airrace Abu Dhabi

Yoshihide Muroya stole the win from Martin Sonka by the smallest of margins

The 2017 World Champion Yoshihide Muroya was back to his blistering best in Abu Dhabi today when he took the win in the Final 4 by a margin of just 0.003s – one of the closest in the sport’s history.

Muroya was due to fly the second run in the Final 4 but Nicolas Ivanoff, who was meant to fly first, had to retire from the Final 4 due to being unable to start his engine. The distraught Frenchman had to settle for fourth due to not being able to fly.

Muroya set the pace with a near perfect run, crossing the Hamilton Finish Gate in 53.780s. He would have to wait to see if he had done enough for the win. Michael Goulian entered the track next and was ahead at the halfway point, but a slower second lap saw him finish with a time of 54.009s, which would eventually see him finish third overall.

That left Martin Sonka to fly last and knowing what time he needed to beat to win, the current World Champion went full throttle into his run. At the halfway point, Sonka was ahead, but then he dropped behind. Never one to give up, Sonka pushed hard and nearly clawed back the time he lost, but he stopped the clock at 53.783s, a fraction slower than Muroya.

With his three points from yesterday’s Qualifying, Muroya collected the maximum 28 points and is in the best position possible after race one. Martin Sonka sits in second on 22 points, with Goulian just one behind on 21. It’s going to be a tense season.



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