Berger has had a couple of missed opportunities this season to get on the Challenger podium, seeming to lose his nerve at the last minute despite some great runs. Let's see what he's got up his sleeve today, and if he can grab some precious points.
- Pylon Hit!
It's a fair start at 198kts and he's clean through the first section of the track. So far so good. He's made up a significant chunk of time as he glides through Gate 8, 9... but it's all over in the blink of an eye as he clips a pylon at Gate 10!
That's three extra seconds on the clock for Berger. he will be so disappointed... everything was on track for a competitive time. He currently leads the timesheets with 1:10.272
Slovenia's Peter Podlunsek is next into the track. He's been a bit of a quiet contender this season, failing to really make his mark. 2014 was a better year for Podlunsek but he still has an opportunity here to push his limits a bit more.
Podlunsek through the Start Gate and it's a green split from the word Go. Smoother, clean so far and good steady pace as he retains a 2s lead
He's keeping it smooth, no penalties and it could the first penalty-free run of the day... and BOOM! Podlunsek is done and it's a good time and certainly rivals Bolton and Brageot's Training and Qualifying times earlier this week.
Short break as the first three Challenger pilots head back to their race airport to change planes. There are six Challengers flying today and three Extra 300 LX planes. Each plane is assigned to two pilots, based on a random draw.
Kopfstein, Brageot and Bolton still to fly.
The current time to be is Podlunsek's 1:07.822
Kopfstein, Brageot and Bolton have all flown fractionally faster, so it'll be a real battle out there for those podium places.
- Pylon Hit!
Petr Kopfstein into the track and he's looking pretty aggressive out there. Petr puts in a lot of time behind the scenes and he's always hungry for a hit! But it seems he's TOO hungry as he clips Gate 8 and it's a pylon hit!
That is a total disaster for the Czech! He's opted for a Safety Climb Out (SCO) and that's a week's worth of preparation over. He'll be absolutely gutted.
Still, a place in the Challenger Cup should be assured... let's wait and see what Brageot has to offer.
Brageot heads into this Fort Worth Race Day as the Spielberg winner earlier this month. He's come on leaps and bounds this season and he's pretty adept at keeping cool under pressure.
He's shared the top spot on the timesheets with Bolton this weekend but he'll be looking to break through that 1:07 barrier...
Brageot into the track, clean and a little off pace with 197.84kts entry speed
He's just 0.004s off Podlunsek's pace in the first sector
He's keeping it smooth but finding ways to scub off a little time and reigning it in... 0.023 and 0.059 on those green sector splits
He's just got to hold on for that last sprint...
And Brageot has made it... clean and fast! He's taken the top spot from Podlunsek and eradicated the Slovenian's hopes for a race win in Fort Worth.
One last pilot to fly... Chilean Air Force pilot Cristian Bolton. He's the last Challenger out today and Brageot's biggest rival.
A slightly faster entry speed at 198kts but the split times are RED
0.140 off Brageot's pace and the second sector times have gone green!
That's disastrous for Bolton, he's got no chance of taking the win now with three seconds to scrub... and he finishes up in 4th place overall. He will be so frustrated with that pylon hit.
Here are the unofficial results for the Fort Worth Challenger Cup:
1. Mika Brageot - 1:07.614
2. Peter Podlunsek - 1:07.822
3. Florian Berger - 1:10.272
4. Cristian Bolton - 1:10.422
5. Francis Barros - 1:16.143
6. Petr Kopfstein - SCO
A brilliant result for Brageot, but also Podlunsek and especially Berger, who's been hoping for a podium place all season. Good things come to those who wait, it seems.
This is your 10 minute call! Round of 14 kicks off with Sonka vs Chambliss!
AND THIS IS IT FROM THE ROUND OF 14!
SONKA V CHAMBLISS in the first of the head to head rounds...
It's a beautiful run for Sonka, he takes it all in his stride and doesn't seem to have any issues at all with the tricky Gate 7/8 turn...
It's a 55.846 for Sonka and that's his fastest time all week!
Now local hero Chambliss flies into the track and those new winglets will be hopefully on his side out there