IVANOFF V LAMB and this is on a knife edge...
Ivanoff won Qualifying and has the advantage of going second in this head to head
Lamb is in the track, he's a bit high too and completes the first of the 2 vertical turns with ease... he's back through the chicane and looking good. Looks like he's nailed his line for the turns
OOOHHH! under review...
52.448 and Race Director Steve Jones gives him the OK... over to Ivanoff and we'll have our Final 4 line up!
We've got Bonhomme, Dolderer and Hall already in the Final 4... will it be Lamb or Ivanoff making up the quartet?
And he's already ahead of Lamb! He's in control and flying at the edge... idential times! Wow, down to the final turn! Yes, he's just scraped through with 52.146 and he's in!
OFFICAL RESULT FROM THE ROUND OF 8 IN CHIBA
He's keeping it flat and low... but it's under review for Matt Hall and a painful wait as head judge Jim DiMatteo makes his decision. It's good and he's back in the game with 51.884
BONHOMME is up next... undeniably the most successful pilot in the sport's history but he's got others hot on his heels as the World Championship matures
His race to lose, says Mangold
Smooth and level, just as we'd expect and he's green! Right side of the clock and he's faster than Hall but it's tight...
51.502! Faster than Hall and 2 to go!
That could well be the win for the Brit and smooth flying, keeping the speed constant and he's on top form here in Chiba
DOLDERER to run now and he's got his mojo in Japan... just behind Ivanoff in Qualifying, but also prone to crumbling under pressure... we've seen it before
Perfectly capable of making the Final 4 but can he make the podium?
That's a buzzer for Dolderer who picks up 2s and he's possibly off the podium with his 53.903... no excuse for the penalty here says Mangold
JUST IVANOFF NOW TO FLY AND WE'LL HAVE OUR RESULT FROM THE FIRST EVER RACE HERE IN JAPAN!
The last flight of the day and of this race... it's artistically flown by Ivanoff, but is it green? He's off the pace of Bonhomme but still has time... is it green? No, he's off the pace...
It's a DNF! NO... that's an over G for Ivanoff and no podium... right down to the wire!
Maximum championship points for Bonhomme, making it two-for-two so far...
Bonhomme: "A really good start and hard, hard work. The new format is busy for us, we knuckled down and got on with it. TO come up against Yoshi with a 50s that's hard work. Fantastic team, tactics working out well and plane running beautifully."