Goulian has flown 58s in free practice... tricker conditions today but he'll have a ballpark in mind thanks to six pilots flying before him
Smooth flying from the experienced American pilot.... it's hard work but he's making it look controlled and smooth... but he slips up at Gate 13 and picks up +2s for incorrect level flying... that 2s could cost him dearly as Ivanoff can thrive in these super technical track.
Nicolas Ivanoff now challenging Goulian...
The French pilot is through the Start Gate with 196.15kts... it's a smooth and clean performance so far and he's retaining a significant lead due to Goulian's penalty.... Ivanoff gaining time through the track and increasing his margin of lead... it's aggressive and hard-hitting and looks so comfortable....
Ivanoff 1:00.480 and he progresses to the Round of 8
Muroya retains his position as fastest loser so far.
It's a make-or-break for Hall this season in his chase for that coveted World Champion title...
Hall cleared into the track... smoke on!
Over the Chain Bridge and into Gate 1... he's looking confident with 197kts through the Start Gate and so far we're seeing a clean and error-free performance
Some great manoeuvres from the Australian... he's fast and confident out there! Hall knows that he can't afford to make any mistakes and is focused to the max on getting those racing lines perfect in this knockout round.
And he's through, no penalties and a great time of 59.808
Sonka will have heard Hall's time and knows he's got his work cut out. He can either beat Hall in this Heat or beat Muroya's fastest loser time of 59.647.... either way it's a really close margin!
Sonka pushing HARD to get ahead of Hall in the track and it's looking green in the splits... but the call from the Race Tower to knock it off comes in too early and that's a DNF for Martin Sonka. Massive disappointment for Sonka... he'll have fans from nearby Czech Republic supporting him but it's an early finish with a DNF result.