It's red... can he do it? That is a full throttle finish but NO, Sonka can't quite edge past Bonhomme... but he clocks 1:01.088 and that puts him as the fastest loser with two more heats to go
"I'm enjoying racing," says Hall from the Race Airport. "I've relaxed a bit on the pressure. I'm not concerned about who I'm flying against so I'll just go out and focus on the moment. When I look from the outside in I realise i'm involved in the coolest sport in the world!"
Dolderer V Muroya next and this will be the closest in our opinion... both are capable of very strong performances and have fast Edge 540 V3 raceplanes...
Germany's Dolderer is up first and he's been strong all week, we expect a close battle!
Dolderer cleared into the track! Smoke is ON! He's got his whole family cheering him on from the banks of the Danube this weekend and he'll be keen to give them a result to remember
The wind has changed since the earlier training sessions on Friday and Dolderer said this would be a factor for him
Smooth and clean. He's holding it together extremely well! 1:02.072 is good but Muroya could smash that if he's on form
Go Japan! Muroya is into the track and he was fast in Qualifying, finishing 2nd. It's good so far, but he's in the red on the split times...
Edge of our seats as always!
And he's on the home straight but it's under review... NO! 1:02.279 and that's not enough to beat Dolderer
And the last duel of the Round of 14 – fastest v slowest from Qualifying and it's Goulian and Hall
Goulian won here six years ago...
But Hall will be almost impossible to beat
Taking it steady, Goulian is a very experienced competitor and he knows what he needs to do, but that's the buzzer and it's incorrect level at gate 10. 2s added and it's 1:04.953
Looks like Sonka holds on to his fastest loser place :)
And Hall is last to fly, with the perfect line according to our analyst – walk in the park? Should be.
He's a little late getting level in a few gates, says Mangold but altitude control is great. It's all green and this is a done deal...
Could this be the race for Hall?!
There's a lot of love from the fans at home and he delivers – 58.400! THAT IS AWESOME!
If you need a heads up, the Round of 8 comprises of the seven fastest pilots from each Heat in the Round of 14, plus one fastest loser - today, that's Martin Sonka.
The four fastest pilots from the four heats in the Round of 8 will then progress to the Final 4, and the top three will stand on the Budapest podium. Who's your favourite for the win in Hungary?
NEWS UPDATE! Round of 8 head to heads:
Besenyei V McLeod
Lamb V Arch
Bonhomme V Dolderer
Sonka V Hall
WE ARE GO FOR THE ROUND OF 8 and it's non-stop from here :)