+2 for flying too high through the Start Gate in Run 2, so the Run 1 time still stands. It's gonna be fast and furious out there today.
Goulian up next, let's see what this US pilot has up his sleeve.
Chambliss' new LV set up seems to have the edge. Goulian off the pace by 2.555s in Run 1.
Goulian done for Training, Run 1 best with 51.952
Le Vot currently in the track, 52.944 for Run 1. Penalty-free today and a much smoother ride but he's just lacking horsepower to be truly competitive. Le Vot is an extremely talented pilot, he just needs more pace behind him.
Le Vot best in Run 1, Spain's Velarde now out in the track but it's an extra second on the clock for exceeding the start speed limit through the Start Gate. 52.300 for Velarde – Chambliss seems to be owning the timesheets right now! Payback for Fort Worth?
Better result in Run 2 for Velarde... he seems to be really finding his form in the second half of the season and he clocks in with 50.683 in Run 2, and snatches Goulian's 2nd place
Besenyei grappling a little, punches a bit too early through an Air Gate and gets an incorrect level flying penalty - +3.185 off Chambliss' first place time including the extra +2s on the clock. Faster in the split time through the Start Gate in Run 2 but he's soon losing pace as he passes Gate 7
Clean and a solid 51.014 from Besenyei in Run 2. He's currently in third place.
Ivanoff looking pretty slick and he's offered the biggest challenge yet for Chambliss' 49.407 - Ivanoff 0.407 slower but in Run 2 he's already posting green splits all over the board...
He slows off at Gate 10 and can't make up the time, but he closes the gap to 0.397 - Ivanoff 49.804 and the second sub-50 time of the week so far.
Muroya was on Lamb's heels in Training and always a threat for the podium. The Japanese pilot is looking hot out there and he's closing the gap between first and second place on the timesheets, just 0.299 slower than Chambliss in Run 1.
Splits are green on Run 2... a 0.013 advantage in the third sector
He's losing time in that last section though, in a big way! His Run 2 time is slower so Muroya clocks in at 49.706 on the timesheets and moves into second place.
Dolderer keen to recreate his podium success of 2014 in Vegas but he's got some work to do on his pace. 0.5s slower than Chambliss in first; the margins are so tight in this track.
He's blasting through that start speed gate for Run 2 and he's really chugging through the track now with the splits going green. Green is good.
Just a last miniscule mistake at Gate 10 and he could have had that top spot by a massive margin! But +2s extra on the clock in Run 2 makes it redundant for all intents and purposes, and renders him into 4th (currently) with his Run 1 time of 49.942
Chambliss, Muroya, Ivanoff and Dolderer hold the first four positions as McLeod flies into the track.
And there it goes... the top spot now belongs to McLeod with 49.324
Gate 10 is causing problems for some of the pilots this afternoon so McLeod sticks with Run 1, and the first place. Lamb up next. He set the two track records in Training 1 & 2 yesterday and could be the upset in the race for the podium.... and the third place overall.
Lamb really quick out of the Start Gate but Gate 4 catches him out and he has to fly with +2s extra... even without that penalty he'd be around 0.6s slower than McLeod. Another Run to try and find that perfect line.
Quick again but this time it's insufficient smoke that's causing issues for Lamb... and Gate 4 AGAIN catches him out and he's got an extra 3s burden. That's not the form we saw yesterday from the Brit. His Run 1 time will have to do and it's 51.938 for Lamb, and currently 8th place.
- Pylon Hit!
Sonka next. He's 198.56kts through the start gate and it's looking really quick, 0.263 faster on the splits, but he's lost time through the chicane and it's the first pylon hit of the day for the Czech.
Back into the track and 198.84kts through the Start Gate. Much slower and Sonka is all over the place with an incorrect level flying penalty at Gate 4. He's off the pace now by 2.7s... and another penalty at Gate 10 again for incorrect level flying. Sonka going too hard, too fast.
Sonka in 11th place out of 11 pilots flown so far, and his rival for third place in the World Championship is up next. Both Sonka and Arch have a track record of inconsistent flying - when they're hot, they're really hot, when they're off their game, it can be pretty disastrous. Makes the racing even more intense though – there's just no telling what either pilot will come away with at the end of Race Day.
Arch steady but safe; 50.402. Mid-field in 6th place currently, another run in the bag
He finishes 0.040s off pace, and moves up into 2nd place overall, nudging Chambliss down to third in Training 3. Arch is always a danger and more than capable of stealing the win at the last moment.
Hall up next. He needs to grab a first place finish and for Bonhomme to finish down the timesheets when Race Day concludes tomorrow. So today is all about taking chances, and making good decisions. He's got everything to play for.
Hall right on the money with 199.44kts through the Start Gate, nice and tight through the pylons but he's slipped off McLeod's pace by 0.033s
Hall finds time in the track with an extra half a second to play with! He's super hot out there!!!! Hall posts a new track record with 48.772. He's obviously loving these conditions...
Back through at 200kts and he's even faster, clean through Gate 8, slips through but Gate 10 has slowed him up and he can't quite find that speed in the last Air Gates, 0.029 off his Run 1 pace.
Hall first with 48.772. Just Bonhomme left to fly in this final Training session.
Bonhomme in the air... maybe they're saving the best 'til last?
Yep... he's already 0.468 faster than Hall in the second split... but spoke too soon and he's lost 0.551 off the pace! Gate 10 catches Bonhomme out too and it's all gone a bit sideways as he picks up +2s and places him in 10th. Another run to go...
The splits are red - green - red as he heads into Gate 12, but Bonhomme isn't matching Hall... he's pretty far off (half a second) and he's made it into third pl with 49.356. Impressive, but Hall appears to have a pretty good advantage and there are plenty of pilots waiting in the wings to push past Bonhomme in Qualifying later. He's got to up his game. Perfection is everything. Anything could happen.
Here are the unofficial results for Masters Training 3:
1. Hall 48.772
2. McLeod 49.324
3. Bonhomme 49.356
4. Arch 49.364
5. Chambliss 49.407
6. Muroya 49.706
7. Ivanoff 49.804
8. Dolderer 49.942
9. Velarde 50.683
10. Besenyei 51.014
11. Lamb 51.938
12. Goulian 51.962
13. Le Vot 52.944
14. Sonka 53.059
No time to sit back and relax - the Challengers up next for Qualifying! Podlunsek already completed his run and he's out first setting the pace at 1:02.576
Ryfa up next and he's through the start gate at 196kts, and he's already shaved half a second off Podlunsek's pace