He's through at 200kts and he's looking FAST!
Split times are in the green... he's building a 1.5s lead on Astles' time...
Bolton super speedy and that's a brilliant run by the Chilean pilot. He's really positioning for that race win today in Japan.
Bolton goes fastest with 1:15:.747... he's gained 1.983s on Astles.
Looking at the previous Free Practice race times... only Kevin Coleman has come close to challenging Bolton's current race time of 1:15.747. Coleman posted 1:15.884 in Free Practice 2 on Friday.
Can he take the lead from Bolton? Not long to find out.
Coleman into the track...
He's throught the first chicane and up unto the first high-G vertical turning maneouvre... first split reveals he's 0.409s off Bolton's pace...
it's still a clean run as he passes through the chicane on the back of the track but he's consistently almost half a second off Bolton's pace
Back through Gate 13 and a final push to the Finish Gate and Coleman it's a great run but Coleman is ultimately unable to answer Bolton! He slips into second place overall so far with 1:16.304... could it be yet another second place finish for the US pilot?
Just Poland's Luke Czepiela to fly now, followed by Brazil's Francis Barros.
Conditions looking far more stable out there today, all of the Challengers so far have managed error-free runs and there's just 0.557 separating first and second positions on the timesheets.
Czepiela into the track... he's through a 197kts but the pace just isn't there right now for the Polish pilot. He's keeping it clean and error free though and that's a big advantage, but a lack in pace through those pylons is keeping Czepiela at arms length from Bolton. The splits continue in the red as he pushes in that last portion of the track and the Polish pilot crosses through the Finish Gate at 1:17.514, placing him currently in 3rd place overall and knocking Astles out of contention for a podium finish.
Bolton takes the win in the Chiba Challenger Cup!
That's not only Bolton's first win of the season but his first podium too. Celebrations later today for the Chilean Top Gun!