It's a solid run
Podlunsek's only hope here is an error on Sonka's part
Second fastest in Qualifying, he should be able to nail this without breaking a sweat
He's in 8th overall and was expected to have climbed higher in the standings by now...
AND NO! It's 2s at gate 2!
Sonka now needs to really make up for that error!
Was that a tactical line?
That's remarkable! Yes that gamble paid off and he's through!
That's a nail biter! And that's Sonka hedging his bets... maybe we'll see different tactics from the Czech pilot in the second half of the season?
MCLEOD // LAMB // IVANOFF // MUROYA // HALL // SONKA THROUGH
Just François Le Vot vs Matthias Dolderer to go...
Bonhomme says the revised format is 'brutal' for the pilots... but great for spectators... those pilots have to go all out if they want to progress
And Le Vot has played it well – a personal best for the Frenchman and 2s off his previous time!
Dolderer – winner of Qualifying and current standings leader – up now
And the man of the moment is out into the track!
This should be a walk in the park :)
It's all green and super quick on gates 6-7 – this is how it's done and Bonhomme thinks it could be a 1:03
What a blinder! Bonhomme called it right!
And he smashes Lamb's track record!
That should put Dolderer vs Sonka in the next round...
Dolderer: "It went really well and according to the plan... and it doesn't matter who I fly against next, my goal is to win"
Confident words from the German