World Champion Dolderer makes a grand entrance in the UAE

Trio take in the sights of Abu Dhabi from above

Incoming to Abu Dhabi

Defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany toured the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi with fellow pilots Nicolas Ivanoff of France and Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic close behind as the Red Bull Air Race arrived in the Emirates for the first race of 2017.

The trio took a pre-race flight over the new 160,000 sq m Presidential Palace in the city ahead of the tenth consecutive season opener at the location's famed Corniche. The race kicks off with Qualifying on Friday, 10 February, followed by Race Day on Saturday, 11 February 2017.