The Challengers have completed their Qualifying session and here's a quick overview of the unofficial results:
1. Daniel Ryfa (SWE) 1:08.283
2. Florian Berger (GER) 1:09.853
3. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 1:10.235
4. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 1:10.276
5. Peter Podlunsek (SLO) 1:12.853
6. Mikael Brageot (FRA) 1:12.960
That's a great result for Ryfa, also a stellar peformance by 2015 newbie Florian Berger and his best result so far here in Hungary
And we're going LIVE over to Budapest shortly for the Qualifying round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
French pilot Le Vot goes first...
First of the high G turns and he's at max G... he needs to build on the success from his Challenger Cup career and start the climb in the Master Class
We can hear from his radio that grunting for the G... and he's fast 1:02.326 and it's clean! A whole second faster than his previous times. Good work! He gets his second run and will now hope to beat that
This is the best flying we've seen so far this week but this is a 1:03.640 so not quite there - but it's clean, so he's making progress!
And the next newcomer to the Master Class is in the track next, it's Spain's Juan Velarde. He's a favourite at the Race Airport, positive and full of smiles for the reporters...
Two chances to get this done right... and the fastest time will count.
NO! That's a penalty at gate 6 and an immediate 2s.
Flat in the turns, and now it's a sprint for the finish – 1:03.841 including the 2s in penalties.
Without the penalty it would be faster than Le Vot, so he's got the power from his Edge.
Under the Chain Bridge and he's back to beat that time... through gate 6 clean and he's halfway through the track here in Budapest.
He's in the green and clearly learning from his mistakes - that's the way to go!
AND that is the buzzer just at the end, gate 13 and it's a 1:03.839. Is he trying a bit too hard? says Mangold from the commentary booth...
Homegrown hero Peter Besenyei up next in his new Edge 540 V3... it's a looker, for sure and it's got some slick mods. His wingtips took 2 weeks to have computer modelled but will they do it for the Hungarian?
Seems not. That's the buzzer and he's got to watch out for the over G here with the better machine, now he's swapped from the Corvus.
Pushing hard to the finish... 1:02.691 including 2s at gate 5 – it puts him into 2nd place and he's got another go.
Looks to be raising his game and he's got a lot to prove out there for the home fans – they love him and he's something of a national treasure but can he bring home the silverware this weekend?
It's a 1:00.862 and that sent a shiver down our spines here! GO Peter! He's in the lead as we move onto the next pilot.
Remember, he's had minimal flight time in the new Edge and that's an impressive run all things considered. Give it a few races and he could be back to his former glory!
American Kirby Chambliss up next! Happy 4th July to all our fans in the USA :)
59.496 for Kirby and that's a blinder! What a spectacular time and he's currently in the lead but we expect the times to be faster in this session so watch this space...
Second run for Kirby and he's off! With one solid run in the bag he can afford to push it this time... or "let it all hang out" as the Americans like to say!
It's green for Kirby and we're seeing some great flying – maybe the previous experience out here is an advantage? It's 1:01.105 including 2s for climbing gate 9
Yoshi Muroya goes next and we know he's got it in him to grasp a win...
The Japanese pilot is already way in the green and it's 59.011 with a clean run – he's got a second run to really go all out... but then again, finishing in the middle of the field does mean he would fly against an evenly matched competitor in the Round of 14 tomorrow...
That's a bit ragged from Yoshi, so it's doubtful he'll beat that time... it's a 2s penalty though.
He gets a 1:00.898 even with the 2s at gate 5 for incorrect level – could be a promising sign for tomorrow!
Besenyei at the Race Airport: "I'm quite happy but stil llearning the plane, every flight is getting better and it's coming." He also said something positive to the home fans, but our Hungarian is not so great – but he was smiling ;)
Ivanoff goes next under the iconic Chain Bridge... it's his birthday today and he received a heartwarming singathon from all the teams earlier
Second run from Ivanoff and it's under review – 1:01.623 with 2s in penalties at gate 13
MUROYA is leading currently...