Starting order for Challenger Class FP:
American pilot Kevin Coleman took the win at Ascot last month and will be eager to repeat that success in Germany to consolidate his lead at the top of the standings...
Luke Czepiela of Poland is first to take to the track! He's currently sitting in 5th place overall with two races left to fly including this weekend...
After his debut season in 2014, Czepiela had a year out of the competiton in 2015 and returned to the pack at the start of this year – much to the delight of the eager fans in his home country
He's picked up 8 points so far and made the podium with a 3rd place in Chiba, Japan back in May
And it's a strong start! That's 1:04.767 on the clock!
The American pilot was the youngest ever to join the ranks of the elite competitors and has really given everything in his debut year
Consistent results and podiums in every race he's competed in make him hard to beat
Still riding high on the back of his first win at Ascot last month, the winning streak could continue here in Germany
- Pylon Hit!
And we speak to soon... yet again ;) It's our first pylon hit of the day and it's courtesy of Coleman!
And Ben Murphy of the UK flies into the track next! He'll be last to fly in the Challenger Cup Qualifying here in Lausitz...
Easy does it for Murphy, nothing to prove at this stage and he can be happy with 1:09.155 – moving him into 5th place at the end of that session
CHALLENGER CUP QUALIFYING RESULT:
- Pylon Hit!
But it's a pylon hit! And that's 3s immediately for the Slovenian
That pylon hit was at gate 11 – he was almost home and dry!
And now the second of his two runs...
And it's insufficient smoke so an automatic 1s penalty from Race Control... plus he's just picked up another 2s for incorrect level!
He's stopped the clock in 1:00.848 and that's not what we hope to see in Qualifying or he'll be up against one of the frontrunners
Juan Velarde of Spain flies next and although he's currently in 12th place overall, he is considered a rising star of the future
But it's incorrect level at Gate 4 as we hear the buzzer sound!
And that first run is 57.213 for Velarde
WE ARE STRAIGHT INTO THE CHALLENGER CUP NOW!
This is the rescheduled Challenger Cup from the missed race in Budapest and we'll have the Lausitz race tomorrow – so a double race weekend for some pilots
Startlist for the Challenger Cup (Budapest):
Juan Velarde is the next pilot on the grid... he'll have to wait while the Airgators get that pylon back up
Kopfstein: The wind is much stronger than the flight before. It looks like it's not blowing that much but in the air it's pretty bumpy and it blew me to the East
Wind conditions in the track:
Max last 10 min: 11 kts, W
197.5kts into the track for Velarde and a great start... then a penalty at Gate 4
He'll have to work hard to compensate for that
Thanks for joining us today and we'll be back again tomorrow ready to bring you the race action! See you there :)
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
1300 CHALLENGER CUP
1400 ROUND OF 14
1600 ROUND OF 8
1635 FINAL 4
1730 PRESS CONFERENCE
Welcome back to the EuroSpeedway at Lausitz in Germany, where we are settled in for a fully-packed day of aerial action!