Coming up today we've got Masters Training 1 & 2, and Challengers' Training too.
Current conditions at the Start Gate on track
Air Pressure: 991.2 mbar
Wind Speed/Direction: 5 kts/NE
We're joining the Masters halfway through their first Training session, and it's Japan's Yoshi Muroya who has taken up the first place slot on the timesheets so far.
We're still waiting for Lamb, McLeod, Sonka, Arch, Hall and Bonhomme to fly.
The Training 1 results currently look like this:
8. Le Vot
Nigel Lamb in the track now.
US fans will be cheering Goulian and Texan native Chambliss, who's been busy testing out his new winglets for his home race
Lamb finished up his first Training session and the Brit is looking a bit more comfortable in this technical track. He's moved up into second place behind Muroya on the timesheets, with McLeod now taking his first flight through the Fort Worth track
It's a great start for McLeod who is also looking more refined out there... he's taken the top spot on the timsheets but pushes too hard on his second run and exceeds the start speed limit.
- Pylon Hit!
Oof. There's our first pylon hit of the week. Gate 8.
Sonka next. He made it into the Final 4 in Spielberg and just missed out on a podium. So he'll have his sights on the Fort Worth podium for sure.
Not a great start for Sonka, He's currently in 10th position with a penalty-littered run.
Bit of a pause at the mo so in the meantime...
We've just been waiting out a downpour and Hannes Arch has been back into the track... bit of a cautious run there from the Austrian as he finishes in 5th. He's got another run to go
An improvement in his second run but he's almost a second off Muroya's pace. Arch will just be figuring out where to push and when to push. Expect to see more from the former World Champion later today.
Hall up next.
A great start for Hall who shaves off 0.006 off the first split but he loses pace until the last section of the track where to finish 0.045 ahead of McLeod.
He'll be cautiously optimistic after that win in Spielberg. It's early days but every run in the track is another data gathering exercise for honing those final runs on Sunday.
Another great run from Hall with 56.727.
It's up to Bonhomme now to see if he can stamp his mark on Fort Worth in this first Training run.
Uh oh. Bonhomme's already in the green in the first two splits.
He lost the pace somewhere along the line and he's currently in fourth with 57.238. Second run happening NOW!
Again, it's a healthy start with green split times and a 0.240 lead but Bonhomme seems to be losing momentum in the last few gates... he's got to find time in the last sprint if he's to keep Hall in his sights. Bonhomme third overall.
The Challenger pilots are currently taking their second runs in the track this afternoon. It's pretty hot out there with temperatures sitting around 30.6C and a NE breeze at 7kts.
We've got Bolton, Brageot, Podlunsek, Barros, Berger and Kopfstein here with us in Texas. It won't be the first time the pilots have grappled with higher temperatures... Budapest was another hot spot on the race calendar earlier this summer.
Where the Master Class pilots fly Edge 540 or MXS-Rs with standardised engines and propellers (and their own airframe mods), the Challenger Cup pilots are in Extra 330 LX planes, working towards acquiring their Unrestricted Super Licence, which in turn could give them the chance to fly in the Master Class one day.
Two graduates of the Challenger Cup in this season's Master Class include Francois Le Vot of the Breitling Racing Team, and Juan Velarde
It's a top spot for Chilean Air Force pilot Cristian Bolton here in Fort Worth as he holds off France's Mika Brageot in the Challengers Training 2 session this afternoon.
Le Vot into the track for the first of the Training 2 runs. He's way off pace from the off. It's not been a great season for Le Vot and he has struggled with his Edge 540. He's a very capable pilot and we're ready to see much more from the Frenchman, but he's just trying to do the best that he can and gain as much experience as possible in the Master Class as he heads into the last two stops of the season.
Insufficient Smoke and Incorrect Level Flying in Run 2 means we take Le Vot's first run as his final time.
Le Vot 1:02.086
- Pylon Hit!
Juan Velarde, another new pilot for the Master class in 2015, had a promising start in Training 1, finishing mid-field in 9th place.
But maybe he's pushing a bit too hard to find those extra time-saving lines as two pylons take a hit from Velarde's wing at Gate 8 and Gate 10.
Gate 8 is a tricky one, for sure. It's already caught out Pete McLeod, earlier today.
Again, Velarde picks up a penalty at Gate 8 for incorrect level flying but he manages to claw back some time and finishes with 1:01.244. He was faster in T1 so he's got some work to do to find those faster racing lines.