Goulian: We Need To Be More Aggressive

Michael Goulian knows what’s needed for the race win in Chiba

After his monstrous comeback season last year, Michael Goulian has his eyes on the prize for the final race of the 2019 season. 

He’s had a mixed season so far, finishing third at the season opener in Abu Dhabi. He went on to take 10th in Kazan and 7th in Lake Balaton, leaving him currently joint fourth in the standings. With 28 points up for grabs at the last race, Goulian is aiming for the win and that final step on the overall podium. 

Reflecting on the Hungarian round, Goulian said: “Balaton was a mixed week for us, struggled to get the engine running correctly.” But the ever-optimistic American was quick to point out he knows what’s needed to make a difference in Japan. “Hungary was an interesting week, with weather and other technical issues we had to endure, but I loved Balaton and the lake was beautiful to fly over. The track was very technical, if you watch the race, you’d see people going left, right and straight in the VTMs and that’s what made it interesting,”

The Master Class pilots fly to the very familiar Chiba in September, a now classic race that has been on the calendar since 2015. And if Goulian wants to end his season with more silverware he and his team know what’s in store. “I think everyone wants to win the last race,” he said. “We have the right plane and the right tactics. This year I’ve been a little too conservative, I’ve not been as confident with my pulls in the VTMs as I was last year and that’s made a difference. I think I just need to be a little bit more aggressive,” Goulian concluded. 

Goulian and his team will be racing in the final race of the season on 07-08 September in Chiba. Follow all the action over race weekend right here.

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