First up is Peter Podlunsek from neighbouring Slovenia. He gets into the track cleanly with an entry speed of 198.17kts and so far, so good. He's keeping the penalties at bay but as the first pilot out on the racetrack he's simply setting the bar. It'll be a case of wait and see as he races for the Finish Gate PENALTY FREE with 1:09.713
Mika Brageot from France will be next up
Brageot is slower through the Start Gate but he's on pace already, the split times are green but the difference is just -0.001 in the first split! He's gaining ground and speed and cutting cleanly through the pylons but he's lost time in the third split!
He finds his pace in the last three gates and makes a last bid for the top spot as he gets through the Finish Gate cleanly. In a racetrack like this, there's just no room for errors and Brageot has done it with 1:09.297 - that's 0.416sec faster than Podlunsek.
Petr Kopfstein on his way into the track just now
Not looking good for the Czech pilot. His entry speed is significantly slower at 194.91kts and he just can't gain any more pace out there. The split times are red across the board and he'll be so very disappointed with that performance. It's clean but it's just not fast enough - 1:09.822 for Kopfstein whcih places him in third so far.
Both Bolton and Ryfa have flown 1:08 times so there's every chance that we've yet to see the fastest time. Berger is looking for his best result yet, after landing a second spot in Qualifying yesterday.
It's blisteringly hot out there, which will of course give the Challengers an extra issue to deal with as the engines struggle more in those vertical manoeuvres
Bolton making his way into the track now...
Bolton previously went fastest in Training 3 but only managed a third place in Qualifying yesterday. The military pilot is well versed in staying cool and calm under pressure so it's looking likely that it'll be another podium place here in Hungary today.
Bolton is currently first the in the Challenger Cup standings, and will be looking to repeat that win from the season opener in Abu Dhabi. Ryfa is just 2 points behind Bolton in the overall standings so there's a lot hanging on today's performances for the two Challengers.
And he's into the track and completely and utterly on pace as he nails the first few gates. it's a clean run but he's losing time there around Gate 9, 10 and 11 and he can't quite claw back that second. He's got to go faster to make it onto that podium...
He REALLY lost the pace out there in the last gates and that's a really disappointing performance from the Chilean. He'll be watching Ryfa like a hawk as his 1:11.686 sets him right at the bottom of the results table so far, in fourth place with two more pilots to fly.
Next up is Germany's Florian Berger. He's new to the Challenger Cup this year and is yet to get a podium place but yesterday's second place finish could give him the confidence to do it out there today.
Berger is slow through that Start Gate, is he being too careful?
He's lost almost a second off Brageot's pace but he's flying clean, and that's important.
Clean through Gate 13 but he's way off... it doesn't look likely that he'll be enjoying a podium today as he struggles to match even Bolton's pace and it's a missed opportunity for Berger as he clocks in 1:11.954
The last man out into the racetrack in the Challenger Cup today is Sweden's Daniel Ryfa. He's got a chance now to take some points from Bolton and move up the Challenger Cup standings into first place. He just needs to stay cool out there and avoid any penalties.
He's in and he's on pace. Brageot will be watching from the race hangar as Ryfa goes green in the splits and is on pace to take the win here
Clean through Gates 10, 11, 12 and STILL in the green!
He's getting faster out there and obviously found the perfect line. He has an ability to pull out all the stops at the last minute and there's a reason Ryfa was the last man out today as he races to a 1:09.070 finish, taking the win here in Budapest!
Congratulations, Daniel! That's a back-to-back win for the Swedish pilot