Dolderer out of Kazan race due to pylon hit

2016 World Champion damages his raceplane in the track and is out of the race

Matthias Dolderer will not race in Kazan after a pylon hit in Qualifying saw his raceplane damaged and unable to be repaired in time for Race Day. 

The German competitor was on his second lap of his second run leaving the Chicane before heading to the Finish Gate when he hit the single pylon at the end of the Chicane. 

As part of the integrated safety design, the pylon burst upon contact with the wing, but the hit was relatively hard, with clear damage to the wingtip. While Dolderer returned safely to the Race Airport, the Edge 540 V3 required an extensive check to assess the situation fully.

Head of Aviation & Sport Stuart Gilmartin confirmed the result of the assessment: “Dolderer suffered a significant pylon hit in the Chicane with his right wing and immediately cancelled his track run.  Following airborne checks, Dolderer flew back to the Race Airport and landed safely. The aircraft was inspected by race technicians and it is confirmed that Dolderer’s aircraft sustained damage which cannot be repaired in time for Race Day. As a result Dolderer will not take part the remainder of the 2019 Kazan race.”

Dolderer's damaged winglet

Despite clear disappointment, Dolderer remained philosophical about the situation. “It was fun in the track and I just wanted to take it close to set a competitive time, but it was a little bit too close,” he said. “This is racing, sometimes a Formula One car goes into the barrier and sometimes we go into a pylon.”

The team quickly stripped the plane to inspect the damage

This is Dolderer’s eighth season in the Championship and the three-time race winner knew instantly that it was a serious hit. “I knew it was bad immediately. I saw in my peripheral vision that there was pylon on the wing, and also from the sound I knew it was a hard one,” he concluded. 

Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Jim Reed inspects Dolderer's raceplane
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