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Martin Sonka vows to give his best for opening race of Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi

Denzil Pinto 2018/01/31

Last year’s Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race winner Martin Sonka admits he doesn’t mind if he can’t replicate his win on Saturday as long as he gives 100 per cent effort.

Sonka could not have asked for a better start to the 2017 campaign when the Czech stormed to victory at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

That was one of two triumphs as well as two podium finishes. Yet, he missed out on the title to Yoshihide Muroya by four points in the standings.

Sonka will be one of 13 pilots who will be going at top speed of 370kmph on Friday and Saturday and whether he repeat his success or not, he has vowed to give nothing but the best.

“What I expect is hopefully to give my maximum effort and be happy with my performance,” he said. “That’s what I want to do. I don’t want to predict anything on the results because it’s a new season and everyone is coming in with new modifications. Each pilot has had their own preparation whether that’s flying or mentally. The season opener will be a good point to see where all the teams are and what to expect for the rest of the season. We will try our best to give a good result.”

Sonka will be making his sixth appearance in the UAE capital and believes the Abu Dhabi race continues to go from strength to strength.

“The sport is growing so much and it’s becoming more professional and definitely a big success here,” he said.

“What stays the same is the beauty of Abu Dhabi and after the winter break, to come here from Czech Republic where it’s cold and fly in the beautiful Corniche Bay is truly amazing.

“The very special thing about Abu Dhabi is that it’s the first race of the season so there are always expectations and good platform to build on for the season ahead.”

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