Hall looking a bit conservative out there today, but he could just be sussing out his racing lines. In the third quarter of the track he seems to have really lost the momentum but he's obviously got a lot of straight line speed up his sleeve as he claws back some time and goes into the green in the last quarter. Talk about saving the best 'til last...
And he's back into the track again and is scrubbing off speed all over the place... green splits are go! Gates 8, 9 and 10 see Hall lose time and unlike his first run, he can't quite make back the time in the last final sprint to the Finish Gate.
The wind has swung from westerly to easterly as Bonhomme waits to be cleared into the track for the last run of this Training session in Spielberg.
Well, well... Bonhomme is looking unstoppable. First Training session and already he's scrubbing off half a second from Hall's time. It's clean, green and Bonhomme gets the first 56s time of the day. Can he go better in his second run?
Bonhomme can't beat his own time in this session but he's not far off.
Consider that gauntlet well and truly thrown down.
Bonhomme leads in Training 1 with 56.641
And Training 2 has kicked off here in Spielberg!
We rejoin as Le Vot polishes off his second Training session penalty-free and pacier, shaving off 3 seconds from his first Training session.
Le Vot 1:01.346
Velarde seems to have had less luck and any new lines he's been trying out there don't seem to have worked in his favour. His first run sees him make the first pylon hit of the sixth stop, but a second run is clean as he gets closer to grabbing a sub 1-minute time
Chambliss will be looking to improve on his sixth place finish in Training 1, but he looks like he's playing it a bit safe on the first run, with a 58s time. The second run is speedy but he's going too aggressive, picking up FOUR penalties at Gates 2, 4, 6 and 7... Chambliss has really lost his way out there! It's all experience so he's just got to build on that first run time.
Goulian up and he'll be looking to take that top spot again... there's been growing confidence in the Goulian camp this season and Mikey G has got more in the tank. But he seems to be trying out something different out there as the smooth lines from his first run go out the window... Penalties at Gate 2 and Gate 7 already... that's not the birthday bonus Goulian will be looking for!
Goulian into the track once again... it's a slow start but he's back on pace as he storms through... but as fast as he's picked up the pace it slips away again and this time around, it's Chambliss who stays top of the timesheets.
Besenyei into the track again. Speedier and smarter flying and importantly, the smoke is on for this Training session! Less distractions see Besenyei scrub off some time from his Training 1 session and his second run is more aggressive. Chambliss' lead slips in and out of Besenyei's grasp and he's just 0.075s behind as he crosses through the Finish Gate.
Ivanoff next. Ivanoff went on to win the Spielberg race in the 2014 season finale... but he's yet to recover his form at this Styrian stop. The Frenchman can be a bit of a slow burner when it comes to taking the top spot, but today.. it's just not happening. It's a clean two runs in Training 2 but they're not competitive times. Not quite there yet.
Muroya kicking off his Training 2 session with a very neat and tidy run... but it's marred with a technical hitch due to insufficient smoke. That extra second has put Muroya into fourth and it's a wait and see if it's an ongoing issue in this session as he comes in for his second run. Insufficient smoke again affecting Muroya's run and that extra second has cost him - without it he'd be currently on top.
Dolderer can blow hot and cold but he seems right at home here in Styria. He blasts his way through the racetrack and his on course for a top time right until the last moment, with an incorrect level flying penalty at Gate 11. The German seems to have lost his cool in the second run. Penalties at Gate 5 and Gate 11 add on +4s. Not helpful.
McLeod in next and his signature aggressive flying style is landing him with all sorts of problems still... penalties at Gate 4 and Gate 10 will keep him at the bottom of the timesheets unless he can clean it up. But good things come to those who wait and McLeod finally puts in a clean run, his speed knocking Chambliss off the top of the timesheets.
Lamb straight into the mix next and there's something amiss with the Brit as he enters the Start Gate at just 187kts. The buzzer goes at Gate 4 and that's effectively his first run done. A better approach on his second run sees him pick up speed, but he's really struggling to find any consistent pace and falls behind McLeod's benchmark by 1.148s. But he's gained 2s from Training 1 and the only way is up...
Sonka looking sharp but Gate 4 trips him up again. If he can fly smooth and clean he could well be a palpable threat for the podium this weekend. The second run looks slower but this time it's Gate 6 that keeps Sonka bogged down in the bottom half of the timesheets.
A confident looking Arch now in the track. He'll be flying with Bonhomme's time in the back of his mind and answers with 56.579 – that would have put him at the top in the last Training session. He cleans up in his second run but it seems first time is a charm for Arch, so it's his first run's performance that sees him go top of the timesheets.
Hall is up. The MXS-R pilot is known for his precision flying but it seems Arch has the home advantage in Training 2. Hall is continually losing time and he finishes his first run of this session 1.2s off the pace - with the margins so close that's pretty significant. The second run is pacier and penalty-free but Hall can't match Arch's speed out there today.
And last but not least, Mr Bonhomme is into the track!
Unlike his first Training session, Bonhomme has some time to make up as he slides through the Start Gate... the splits are red, green, red, green... and Bonhomme seems to have some advantage over Arch in that final sprint to the Finish Gate as he again takes the lead from Arch with 56.171. His second run is slower but still impressive, and the cool, calm and collected Bonhomme appears to be reigning supreme here in Spielberg. He's definitely marking himself as the man to beat at the sixth stop.
Bonhomme leads the Training 2 timesheets with 56.171
Good morning from Spielberg!
Due to permanent rain and low clouds the Race Committee has been forced to postpone the Qualifying in Spielberg, Austria. A further decision will be taken at 12:00 local time and earliest flying will be at 13:00.
Despite the postponed flying it's still looking busy in the race hangars this morning...
If you missed the Training news yesterday, it was Britain's Paul Bonhomme who topped the timesheets in both Training 1 and 2. Matt Hall is still chasing and Hannes Arch isn't done yet.
Yoshi Muroya and Pete McLeod also put in a solid performance and could well be contenders for the podium tomorrow.