Blistering pace for Goulian as despite the +2s he picks up 1:08.056! He's in first place and setting the bar out there!
Germany's Matthias Dolderer getting ready to fly into the track for Training #1
Dolderer picking up a penalty already in Gate 2... and he's well off his racing lines as he stumbles through Gate 3 and is having to contend with an extra +4s. With seven seconds off the pace he's obviously struggling to find his lines
It is Training so there's time to adjust and reassess as he heads in for his second run. But Dolderer has a LOT of work to do ahead of Quali as he stumbles again at Gates 2 and 3. Dolderer will be getting it all out of his system (or, let's hope he is) as he clocks in with an improved but slow 1:13.508
Britain's Nigel Lamb prepares to take his first flight of 2015 in front of a home crowd
Slick and quick... Lamb has returned to a setup closer to his 2014 setup and will be looking to emulate his 2014 success at Ascot
But the Americans are leading the charge and Brit Lamb can't quite find his pace yet. He's over 2s off the pace in Run 1 and he clocks in at 1:10.759. He needs to find at least two seconds ahead of Qualifying...
Just shy of Goulian's pace he's +0.080 slower than the leading man...
He's clean but over half a second off pace, the splits are lingering in the red
Lamb currently in second behind Mikey G's blistering Run 2 time
Canada's Pete McLeod getting into position for the standing start now
A high G pull from McLeod and he's looking smooth... it's fast but no one seems to be able to touch Mikey G's time out there. But Gate 6 trips McLeod up and he picks up 2+s
McLeod 1:10.139 and he's back in the track for his second Run...
McLeod pushing himself but he's lingering in the midfield with 1:10.078 putting him in fourth place overall so far, as we wait for Martin Sonka's first Run
Smoke on for Sonka... he's looking nice and smooth out there and it's all looking good in his first run... but tha tricky Gate 6 is causing issues again as he picks up +2s for incorrect level flying! That's extra time that Sonka will struggle to shrug off
Sonka 1:11.863 Run 1, he's back in the track for Run 2
He's cutting it fine out there and losing time out in the second half of the track. The splits are in the red but it's not a bad turn and it's clean... he's in fourth place overall with 1:09.451
Australia's Matt Hall perhaps looking to readdress the Aussie-Brit balance after the Ashes defeat!
And he's in the green in the first two splits! Hall taking on Mikey G but he soon drops into the red and picks up a penalty at Gate 10.
Hall 1:10.242 and he's got another opportunity to knock Goulian off the top spot
Run 2 for Hall and it's looking REALLY good, he's in the green, and we all know that GREEN IS GOOD
Hall pushing hard and he's still in the green, he's quick and it's perfectly on pace and CLEAN... 1:07.721 and Hall takes that first place in Training!
Austria's Hannes Arch into the track...
After success in Rovinj and Budapest Arch is looking for a third consecutive win here in Ascot. And it's looking like a distinct possibility as he storms through to Gate 8.... but he's losing time in the latter half of the track and Hall is keeping the Austrian at bay
Arch 1:07.898 and he's already in the track for his second Run
Arch storming back into the track and he's pushing hard on his second run... his concentration seems to have wavered and he's picked up +2s at Gate 9.... so his first Run remains his best and he's snapping at Hall's heels
Last up it's the World Championship current leader, Paul Bonhomme
Bonhomme typically smooth and aggressive, he's looking comfortable out there. But we can't speak too soon as he picks up +2s at Gate 9... he was flying! 1:08.970 with that penalty so he'll be gunning for the Australian's time. Can he find the pace?
Into the track for Run 2 and Bonhomme is clearly enjoying himself out there. Smooth, smooth, smooth and Hall is left for dust... but again Gate 9 has tripped up the Brit and he can't match Hall's flawless performance.
Bonhomme sits in fourth overall in Training 1 but he's clearly got the pace, if he can just find the right lines...
Insider info from the race hangars... Goulian's wing is a bit deeper so it ‘bites’ round corners - this track is perfect for Goulian’s plane. Could this be Goulian's first trip to the podium this year? Let's see...
And that's a wrap for Challengers' Qualifying, with Ryfa reigning supreme with over +3s on second place Cristian Bolton! Official results:
1. Daniel Ryfa 1:18.072
2. Cristian Bolton 1:21.094
3. Florian Berger 1:23.409
4. Peter Podlunsek 1:23.672
5. Petr Kopfstein 1:24.576
6. Francis Barros 1:24.995