Yoshi Muroya flies next and he's an exciting competitor to watch...
Back in Chiba this year, the Japanese pilot took his career-first win over home soil and it was an emotional moment for Muroya
Can he catch Velarde? It's red then green on the split times and he pulls it back after the vertical turn! Easy work! 1:02.073 is a NEW TRACK RECORD!
The bar is set for the frontrunners!
15.00 Challenger Class Qualifying
16.00 Master Class Qualifying
Nigel Lamb is getting back into his MXS-R and we've had the all clear from Race Director Jim DiMatteo :)
NEWS UPDATE: 16.40 local time – Master Class Qualifying to restart in 10 minutes
Better get comfortable again as we're getting back in the zone for Master Class Qualifying!
We're just over the halfway point of the first of two Qualifying sessions – which will determine who goes up against who in tomorrow's Round of 14!
Each pilot is flying one session, returning to the Race Airport, then once all 14 pilots have recorded a time, they will start again for a second go...
Six pilots left to fly this first session now and it's imperative that they all put down a decent time – if the weather closes in at all later, they need to have one in the bag
And Lamb is out on the runway... we're ready!
Off he goes! And Lamb was fastest in Qualifying at the last round at the EuroSpeedway, Lausitz...
Into the track and that's the buzzer for incorrect level at gate 2! He's in the red here and he could still recoup some time... and that's the last chicane for Lamb... it's 1:06.960 including those 2s
And that leaves Muroya at the top of the timesheet... with Velarde and McLeod following
Martin Sonka goes next... he was fastest in FP3 this morning, only to have that smashed by Muroya just a few minutes ago...
It's red at the first split time, but the vertical turn could give him an advantage... but no, it's a second down on Muroya and then at the last moment it's the buzzer for an operational violation at gate 11... that's 1:04.433 for Sonka and he's currently in fourth position
We just want to point out that Muroya is almost 2s ahead of Velarde! Now we've got Nicolas Ivanoff into the track and he was fastest in FP2 yesterday so let's not write him off at all
Beautifully flown, that's good work from Ivanoff... and there goes the buzzer and again!
4s added and he really can't afford to pick those up...
It's 1:09.260 for the French pilot, with those 4s for incorrect level at gates 7 and 10
Chambliss, Hall and Dolderer left to fly...