It's all-change again... yesterday the pilots were flying in SW and SSW winds, today they've again swung back around to NW. That's going to have a knock-on effect on those all-important racing lines today.
The pilots that are going to make it through to the Final 4 will really be testing their mettle out there on the racetrack. It's a massive test of endurance, especially with three Vertical Turning Manoeuvres in each run.
The sea is a bit rougher than it was in Chiba and the barges are moving slightly, making the pylons ‘dance’, which could be tricky for the pilots out there today. It'll be as much about physical fitness as mental agility... both the Challengers and Masters cannot lose a moment of focus in the racetrack this afternoon.
It's Brazilian pilot Francis Barros next into the track. This is Barros' first year in the Challenger Cup and every turn in the track is experience under his belt. He's not positioned himself as a threat for the podium yet but he's acknowledged he's here to learn.
And Barros gains entry into the track and at first glance it's cleanly through to Gate 10, but Race Control buzzes in with a penalty at Gate 6 for incorrect level flying! He was on pace but that seems to have put him really off his game. He comes in +2.733 slower than Podlunsek.
France's Mika Brageot getting ready for his final run in the track. Brageot took the top spot in the final Training session yesterday but was pushed down into second by Ryfa in Qualifying. He's just got to keep his head in the game out there today. Focus, focus, focus.
Ryfa had a clear margin of well over second in Qualifying so has obviously found his racing lines. But we don't know what Brageot has been working on overnight and he could go out there today with a rock-solid gameplan.