198.89kts through the Start Gate. Bonhomme 0.060 off Dolderer's pace and he could catch Dolderer with this split
But Bonhomme looks like he's erring on the side of caution in this first run and he's now a second behind Dolderer
He's got his time in but he knows now that it's time to let rip
Bonhommr back into the track at 198kts
He's more aggressive and he's pushing, pushing, pushing.. but he can't quite find that half second advantage
That final vertical turn seems to have lost Bonhomme a significant margin, he's in the chase but he appears to be playing it safe. Not much emotion there in the cockpit from Bonhomme. He's probably already thinking about tomorrow.
Bonhomme 56.648 (currently in sixth position)
Goulian flying out there with an un-tuned setup but he'll be doing the best he can
Clean and he's going as aggressive as he can, again losing time in that second half of the track
That's a solid performance from Mike considering what he's contending with today. A great display of sportsmanship from the American
Goulian will just be looking to pick up some points in Fort Worth, He's still got time so he'll probably be using Qualifying as a Training exercise for data analysis and an improved performance tomorrow
- Pylon Hit!
Pylon hit for Goulian at Gate 8!
Goulian is done for the day, he's opted for a Safety Climb Out (SCO)
And there we go! Qualifying is done under the hot Texan sun and the Start List for tomorrow's knock out rounds are set
Dolderer looking really pleased, and rightly so. It's the confidence boost he's been looking for.
Here's what's coming up:
12:00 Challenger Cup
13:00 Masters Round of 14
15:00 Masters Round of 8
15:30 Masters Final 4
Here's the head-to-head Start List for the Masters Round of 14, coming up at 13:00 local time:
Heat 1 - Sonka vs Chambliss
Heat 2 - Lamb vs Hall
Heat 3 - Arch vs Bonhomme
Heat 4 - Goulian vs McLeod
Heat 5 - Ivanoff vs Velarde
Heat 6 - Besenyei vs Muroya
Heat 7 - Le Vot vs Dolderer
Current conditions at the Start Gate:
Air Pressue: 989.1 mbar
Wind Speed/Direction: 4kts/E
The Challenger Cup is just about to kick off. Here's the Start List:
The current World Championship standings look like this:
1. Kopfstein - 28 pts
2. Ryfa - 28 pts
3. Brageot - 26 pts
4. Bolton - 24 pts
5. Podlunsek - 14 pts
6. Berger - 10 pts
7. Barros - 4 pts
Six pilots compete at each stop, for the chance in the final Challenger Cup race in Las Vegas next month. They'll be going all-out this stop to catch a spot in that final line-up.
And we're on!
Barros is first up, and he's got the job of setting the pace out there today. He's struggled with the Fort Worth track, racking up penalties in three out of four of his flying sessions so far, and it seems his final flying session is no exception...
He's just picked up +2s for incorrect level flying at Gate 8. It's a new day but that infamous Gate is already causing problems. We're sure to be seeing many more penalties as the day progresses.
It's a better result for Barros but it's not likely to earn him a spot on the podium today.
Germany's Florian Berger coming into the track shortly.