One last run for the British Master class pilot...
And it's a turn of events as Bonhomme leads the way with green split times and some flawless flying... he's chipped off 0.127 from Hall's time to take up first place on the timesheets.
Seems the race is far from over. It's only just beginning. Bonhomme has made the call. Will Hall answer tomorrow in Qualifying?
That wraps up today's action! More of the same tomorrow, and even bigger stakes (not steaks).
Right now we've got the Challengers out in the racetrack for their third training session. Yesterday it was France's Mika Brageot who went fastest in T1 and Chilean Air Force pilot Cristian Bolton who topped the timesheets in T2.
Brageot took the victory in Spielberg earlier this month, but it's Czech pilot Petr Kopfstein and Daniel Ryfa who are leading the Challenger Class points standings with 28 points a piece, with Brageot in third with 26 points, Bolton in 4th with 24.
Podlunsek, Berger and Barros are in 5th, 6th and 7th place respectively.
Still another run to go though and Barros, as a newcomer to the Challenger class this year, will be looking for a fair result.
He's just come in at 1:18.911, that's clean but a massive 11.808 seconds behind Brageot. Doesn't seem to be working out for the Challengers this morning.
Just a short break while the Challengers have a swap over with the standardised Extra 330 LXs
If you're wondering what's happening today, here's the schedule:
10:45 local time - Challengers Training 3
13:50 local time - Masters Training 3
15:20 local time - Challengers Qualifying
16:00 local time - Masters Qualifying
Current conditions at the Start Gate:
Air Pressure: 990.9 mbar
Wind Speed/Direction: 5kts/NE
Very similar conditions to yesterday so today should be a chance for the pilots to refine those racing lines that they tried out yesterday. The final Training session results can be a bit of a red herring though; it's a last chance to try out new lines ahead of Qualifying.
And we're back with the Challengers! Yesterday's Training 2 champ Cristian Bolton is currently in the track.
If you missed the live coverage yesterday, we explained how Gate 8 has proved a tricky point for both the Challengers and Masters. Check out Mike Mangold's track analysis to see the critical factors for the Texas Motor Speedway track...
Brageot currently hanging on to the top spot on the timesheets in this Challengers Training 3 session. Bolton just 0.181 behind and Germany's Florian Berger is in the track currently, +1.273 off Brageot's pace.
Berger has had a couple of shots at the podium this season but seems to have an issue with Race Day nerves. It's most likely just a question of experience. He's been showing great promise and could well be a dark horse come the close of the season.
Czech pilot Kopfstein now in the track, and it's another bank of red as he racks up the penalties, this time at Gate 4 and 11.
It's proven to be one of the more technical tracks this season, short, tight and fast and with plenty of high-G thrown in. The pilots will be tiring quickly out there but they've got to stay focused for Qualifying later this afternoon.
Next up: Masters Training 3 from 13:50 local time (CDT)