Current flying conditions:
Air Pressure: 1009.4 mbar
Wind Speed/DIrection: 3kts/E
And Training 3 has kicked off as Le Vot races into the track... it's another +2sec. at that tricky Gate 4 for incorrect level flying. Le Vot 1:05.644 for Run 1. That's slower than yesterday's T2 session but he's got another crack.
196.66kts through the Star Gate and faster split times for Run 2 and clean through Gate 4... clean, clean, clean and he's got 1:03.688, just a fraction faster than yesterday's times. He's got a lot of work to do ahead of Qualifying to be in with a chance of grabbing some points, but definite improvements there from the Frenchman.
Spain's Juan Velarde is flying now, and after a slower entry through the Start Gate at 195.16kts he's soon putting in faster split times, and a first clean run earns him an unofficial time of 1:02.737
He's placed 11th so far in the last two Training sessions and needs to lose at least a second and a half somewhere in the track to move up the rankings
Run 2 and Velarde loses time in the second split but soon claws it back. Remember, this is a relatively simple track where speed will really matter. And Velarde knows this... he's just shaved off a little more time to clock in 1:02.608
We should be hearing a few raucous cheers from the crowd as local hero Peter Besenyei comes into the track for his Training 3 run.
Looking good for the Godfather of the Red Bull Air race with a 199.73kts entry speed and a clean, clean, clean run through the racetrack. The new Edge 540 V3 obviously suits him as he clocks in 1:00.954. Not quite as fast as his Training 2 time, but he's still got time to get in one or two more runs.
With the high temperatures, we'll probably be seeing less over-G penalties as the race planes will have less power out there under the sun, especially in the vertical turns.
Besenyei's Run 2 complete and he's been slapped with a +2sec. penalty at Gate 5, resulting in 1:03.508 as he passes through the Finish Gate. Those incorrect level flying penalties are really mounting up for the pilots. Accuracy is EVERYTHING on this track.
Oh say, can you see it's Kirby Chambliss next into the track.
Chambliss has previously won a race here in 2004 and is keen to get back onto that podium again.
He's a bit conservative through that first Start Gate at 196.48kts and almost immediately is in the red, after picking up +2sec at Gate 2. 1:02.764 is his opening gesture for today, but hes already been sub-1 minute so he'll be readjusting and reviewing as he flies into his second run.
Is he trying a slightly different line? In any case, it's not worked out as he picks up a penalty at Gate 5 for incorrect level flying and another at Gate 9 for climbing in the gate. He's GOT to keep it clean and smooth out there.
It's a slightly better story on Run 3 despite a +1sec. penalty for insufficient smoke.
And next into the track is Yoshi Muroya. Another conservative start speed at 196.54kts and the split times are initially in the red before he finds his lines and goes green. Clearn through Gate 12, 13 and still the split times remain green.
He's found his feet with 1:00.954 but to be in with a chance for the podium it's got to get under that one minute mark at the very least.
We've seen Yoshi finish at the 58sec. mark but he was flying in slightly cooler conditions yesterday. Last season the Japanese pilot was cited as the dark horse of the race for the podium and we know he can cut it when the going gets tough. We might have to wait until Race Day to see what Yoshi's really got up his sleeve.
He seems to be fatiguing a bit as the entry speed is slower, split times are just slower. These runs can be punishing in the heat, so we've seen the best of Yoshi in this flying session.
Yoshi Muroya 1:00.954
That's an EXACT match with Besenyei's time! We've seen it once before with Lamb and Hall...
Next into the track is birthday boy Nicolas Ivanoff. He's failed to make an impression yet in Budapest... the Frenchman seems to flourish on the more technical tracks
Gate 4 strikes again... it's a +2sec. penalty for Ivanoff in Run 1 with 1:03.537. That places him in 5th place currently.
That's better, Ivanoff scrapes a couple of seconds off with 1:01.201 but yesterday he was closer to the 1-minute mark.
The times are so close, even in Training 3, with only fractions of a second between the pilots. Ivanoff finds some pace right in the last gates and pushes Muroya off the top spot with 1:00.782
Based on yesterday's timings we know that the remaining pilots will be gunning for sub-58 so it's a case of wait and see...
And current joint-leader in the World Championship rankings Paul Bonhomme is in the track.
We're not surprised to see the split times go green from the off. Bonhomme revels in tracks that demand super speed and pinpoint accuracy.
He races through the Finish Gate with 59.949 but that's almost two seconds slower than Matt Hall's time yesterday. Bonhomme managed 58.806 yesterday so we're sure he's just getting comfortable...
Oh no! It's a +2sec penalty for incorrect level flying at Gate 5. He won't be happy about that. Still, Bonhomme is all about flying in the moment so as soon as he's out of the racetrack it'll be full focus on Qualifying.
Canada's Pete McLeod to fly next and he's sitting in 7th overall after three races...
He'll be chasing Bonhomme and Hall for that top spot in Qualifying, but he'll have to work out those lines as the buzzer goes off!
He's off the pace with this first run and it's a 1.02.376 incorrect level gate 9...
BUZZER again! This time it's gate 5 and the vertical turn... and another! Now it's climbing in gate 9... 4s in penalties for that run = 1:04.816
Knock those penalties off and he's not doing too bad, but third time lucky ;)
He runs out of time and that's all he has for testing new lines. McLeod knows what he needs to do so he won't be sweating it too much in the Hungarian heat.
The fans are soaking it all up out there in the heat! What a fantastic race this is going to be :)
Now it's Germany's Matthias Dolderer – another mid-field pilot who has unsettled the frontrunners this year...
He's flying an Edge 540 V3 and has had a taste of the podium... could Budapest bring him luck?