He's flying Paul Bonhomme's old raceplane – a winner, clearly – and potentially just the right match for the Spaniard
Velarde won Qualifying back in Spielberg earlier this year so we know he can do it! He's up there and it's 1:06.543 – putting him in 3rd place at this stage of proceedings
Even triple World Champion Paul Bonhomme is using 'consistent' to describe Velarde, which is no mean feat
QUICK RECAP Q1:
AND WE'RE STRAIGHT INTO Q2!
Max last 10 min: 20 kts
Temperature: 22.6 ℃
Air Pressure: 1010.4 mbar
Kopfstein goes all out to make up for his pylon hit in the first Qualifying run – he does it and posts 1:07.143, which will be the time that counts for him in this session
Podlunsek goes next and he's almost like for like with his second attempt – it's 1:08.709 but that's a touch slower than his first run
Goulian is third to fly... 1:07.429 is pretty close to his first run too – that time will count
Le Vot up next and he'll be happy to have shaved 2 full seconds off his earlier time! It's 1:09.335 for the Frenchman!
Canada's Pete McLeod has set the bar higher for himself now but this run isn't a touch on the first... it's 1:07.598
And now it's Sonka! He just smashed the track record in his first Qualifying run!
IS there any more he can do out there?!
He's still standing strong at the top of the Qualifying table currently...
And that's a red followed by a red on the first split times... the second part of the track is where it's at though, and we see a green! He stops the clock in 1:06.147 which is still faster than Dolderer's second place time in Q1!
Gate 10-11 he lost a whole second on the earlier time, says Bonhomme from the commentary box
Might need to work on that – maybe he was trying something new? Either way the tactician will be guiding him back at the hangar
Hall's up now as we meet the halfway point of this Q2 session
He's making it hard to live up to the prophecy this year... all eyes were on Hall to be the 2016 World Champion
But it's not looking so good as we approach the second half of the season
His Q2 run is strong and 1s faster but it's a 1:07.075 which isn't enough to move beyond 6th place
The schedule for today:
Challenger Cup Qualifying 1515
Master Class Qualifying 1600
Challenger Cup Race 1730
61st race for Nigel Lamb here in Ascot
Lamb has stuck with the MXS-R through his more recent career, pioneering its use in the sport
As the table looks – we've got Lamb and Hall lined up for tomorrow's Round of 14 – but that could change
Lamb claws a bit of time back on the second run, around 1s, which will be encouraging, but not sufficient
It's a 1:07.561 for Lamb and that time will count
Ivanoff up next, he's currently down in 12th
Let's see if he can really ramp things up to improve his chances