Hello to our fans around the globe from a sunny Las Vegas! We are getting settled in for today's Free Practice sessions, where we'll see who is on fine form for the 2016 season final!
We've had some disappointing news from Team Matt Hall yesterday, which means that the Australian will not be able to fly here in the final race of the year...
That's red for Dolderer! And incorrect level at Gate 4!
Dolderer's first run is 51.359 but that includes 2s of penalties... so let's not write him off yet!
And there it is! He's cleaned that right up and that's what we expect from Dolderer the Dominator! It's a clean and effortless rise to the top with 48.369!
Free Practice 2 is now starting!
Quick reminder that it was Dolderer at the top of the timesheet in FP1, followed by McLeod and Muroya
First up is Chilean pilot Cristian Bolton... he's just moved up from the Challenger Class for the final two rounds of 2016 and is using the track time to learn as much as he can before the season end
In the earlier FP1 round, it was Gate 7 that caused problems for Bolton in his faster of two runs
He's back into the track and this time he seems to have worked out a better approach and posts a 52.344 which is 3s less
Does he have more left to give in FP2? He's got green on that first split time but can't hold on to it... that's also a 1s penalty for insufficient smoke! And it's 53.976 on the clock
Kopfstein leading at this stage, with Velarde next to fly...
We're back at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and as has been the theme for this season, we've been kept on our toes once more!
Gusting winds here in the desert have impacted the race schedule today but the good news is that we will have an earlier Master Class Round of 14 session at 1230 local time – so in around 25 minutes for those of you on different time zones :)
The Challenger Cup had to be cancelled this morning, due to the conditions in the track exceeding safe operating limits...
When Matthias Dolderer passed through the Finish Gate in Indianapolis
he went down in the history books for at least three reasons. First, he became the first winner of a Red Bull Air Race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus he became the first German pilot to win the World Championship and he was the first pilot to win the title before the final race of the season.
When Matthias Dolderer passed through the Finish Gate in Indianapolis he went down in the history books for at least three reasons. First, he became the first winner of a Red Bull Air Race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus he became the first German pilot to win the World Championship and he was the first pilot to win the title before the final race of the season.
With Hall out of contention, it left the Las Vegas final podium of the year wide open... with half the field within striking distance of the third step
The pilots also had the amazing opportunity to see some of the USA's most spectacular scenery earlier in the week, so it wasn't all bad ;)
So here's a little bit of action to get us started... from Abu Dhabi, it's Dolderer's Final 4 run in slo-mo...
OK so let's have some GOOD news! Florian Berger of Germany takes his first Challenger Cup title here in Las Vegas!