But now it's Paul Bonhomme to fly and as the winner here in 2014 and the current WC leader, he's full of confidence for his home race
He's got Hall to beat and is the last man to fly in Ascot Qualifying – can he smash 1:06.876?
The split times are red and he's not quite on his line there, a few corrections out in the track
Over the trees to gates 6 and then 7, he's finding his rhythm and it's green on the split times
Easy. That's 1:06.449 and he's almost half a second ahead of Hall...
Bonhomme's got the acceleration advantage it seems over Hall as we see a quick race line comparison
It's back for the second wave of Qualifying flights now – all 14 pilots have another go at climbing the timesheets to put them in a good spot for the Round of 14 tomorrow
Le Vot posts 1:09.280 shaving 2 seconds off his first run... good work!
And our other 2015 newcomer Juan Velarde is up next and it's improvement again for the Spaniard who clocks in at 1:09.996
Up next, Kirby Chambliss from the USA. He's had 25 podiums in his career and 2 WC titles... but we've not seen anything outstanding this year. He posts a clean 1:08.136 so it's respectable, at least
Japan's Muroya out next and he's off the pace of Bonhomme and Mangold thinks there might have been a wing stall... he's slower this time and it's a 1:08.025
Peter Besenyei flies now and he's getting more comfortable in his new Edge 540 V3, which he debuted in Budapest
WOW! Seems like he's feeling good out there and claws back 5 seconds in the track from his first training flight today... it's a 1:07.443 for Besenyei!
We wonder if this could be something to do with the new face in the hangar?
1:08.562 for the Frenchman
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Goulian flies next and his confidence is growing this year, with a new team setup and plane to boot... it's clean and decent run. That's a 1:08.991 for the American
Dolderer out in the track now and he's a really unpredicable competitior
Word on the street is that he's got the fastest plane out there, but sometimes we think he needs to work on self-control... he's come close to a win a few times but seems to crumble a bit under the pressure
Incorrect at gate 3 and gate 11 = 4s in penalties :(
It's a basic error according to Mangold and Dolderer rolled to early into those gates. He'll have to work on that before tomorrow
It's 1:11.614 for Dolderer
Lamb out next and he needs to keep his cool here at his home race. He's sitting in the middle of the pack so far...
A few corrections out in the track and he won't be able to beat his earlier run. He has to settle for 1:09.146...
Canada's Pete McLeod out next and he's another competitor really hungry for the win...