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
NEWS ALERT: DANIEL RYFA WINS CHALLENGER CUP IN BUDAPEST
MASTER CLASS ROUND OF 14 STARTS IN 15MINS @ 1500 LOCAL TIME!
MASTER CLASS ROUND OF 14 STARTLIST:
BESENYEI V CHAMBLISS
LE VOT V MCLEOD
IVANOFF V LAMB
VELARDE V ARCH
BONHOMME V SONKA
DOLDERER V MUROYA
GOULIAN V HALL
Welcome to the fourth round of the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, where we have literally been on the edge of our seats for the past few days with Matt Hall leading in every flying session so far, including yesterday's Qualifying! It's been a scorcher so far and today is no exception... ARE YOU READY?!
Hall has yet to take a race win but everything is in his favour here in the Hungarian capital and he is the man to beat...
We also watched a detailed analysis of his race lines today and he's got the vertical turns totally nailed, losing minimal energy as he returns back into the track each time.
Yesterday Hall gave us his thoughts: "It's a great week for us and we've won the three Training sessions and Qualifying now. You could look at it as though all things must come to an end, but I try to be a believer that no good thing has to come to an end."
So we are almost there and first up will be local hero Peter Besenyei, flying his new Edge 540 V3 – it's looking really slick and we saw a big improvement in his flying yesterday as started to feel better in this plane. He will be under the Chain Bridge any moment... and he's got to beat American Kirby Chambliss to progress through to the next round... let's see!
A little lining up at gate 2 and he's off... that's a full 10G turn at the end of the track but he's scrubbing off speed, says Mangold. Not the smoothest run we've seen from him this week but the Godfather should feel at home here in Budapest...
Error free and he's home with a 1:01.070... it's up to Chambliss to beat that
Chambliss flies into the track and he's clean from the off... he's only got to put in a steady run here to beat Besenyei and make it through to the next round. It's not been a great 2015 so far but he's in the green on the split times... here we are! 1:01.386 and it's under review, that means this one goes to Hungary's hero Besenyei! And it's a 2s penalty added from the Race Tower, giving Chambliss 1:03.386
Newcomer to the Master Class Francois Le Vot is to fly next against Pete McLeod... we don't want to call it just yet, but Le Vot will have to really work hard to stay in the game for this round... bonne chance!