Welcome to round six of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, coming to you from the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany. We've been here before, back in 2010 when the season culmintated in an action-packed final at the motorsport venue... now we're back and the sport has evolved further in six years to give us the most competitive and tense aerial motorsport competition out there! Stay with us this weekend as we bring you the action as it happens...
The track here in Germany is the only 'oval' in Europe and recently hosted the World Superbike Championship, so there's a real buzz in the air...
Our German fans are motorsport mad and we've got a lot of horsepower to keep them fully revved for the whole weekend!
The racetrack here is a technical and difficult one to fly – with 3.2km of weaving and turning to keep the 14 Master Class pilots busy out there...
With 15 Gates to navigate there are two laps of the track
There are also two high G turns – one of which must be flown vertically
Our man on the inside says flying angle into the chicane will be the critical factor and where we can expect to see time gained or lost
This race is also the home race of current standings leader Matthias Dolderer, who is at the top of the table after five races with 53.25 points ahead of Austrian Hannes Arch on 35 points and Matt Hall of Australia who has 33.75...
Today is Free Practice and both Challenger and Master Class pilots will be taking to the track for the first time to put theory into real life experience
All eight Challenger Cup pilots will participate in the Free Practice sessions today as the rescheduled Budapest race will take place here in Germany – meaning that all eight competitors will take part in one or other of the two races on Saturday
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...
It's been a busy morning out on the track with 2 Free Practice sessions for the Challengers and we've already seen a show of strength from UK pilot Ben Murphy, who has topped both timesheets!
After a disappointing result in Ascot, the former Red Arrows leader will be aiming to make an impact here in Germany to climb from his current 7th place position in the overall standings.
CHALLENGER CLASS FP1 RESULTS:
BEN MURPHY 01:05.304
DANIEL RYFA 01:05.458
FLORIAN BERGER 01:05.584
KEVIN COLEMAN 01:06.008
CRISTIAN BOLTON 01:07.656 (+2s penalties)
MELANIE ASTLES 01:07.710 (+2s penalties)
FRANCIS BARROS 01:08.069 (+2s penalties)
LUKE CZEPIELA 01:10.108 (+4s penalties)
CHALLENGER CLASS FP2 RESULTS:
BEN MURPHY 01:03.891
KEVIN COLEMAN 01:04.233
CRISTIAN BOLTON 01:04.256
FLORIAN BERGER 01:04.341
MELANIE ASTLES 01:06.401 (+2s penalties)
LUKE CZEPIELA 01:06.613 (+2s penalties)
FRANCIS BARROS 01:07.076
DANIEL RYFA 01:07.348 (+2s penalties)
And now eyes turn to the Master Class as we eagerly await the weekend's racing action to see if Germany's Matthias Dolderer can fulfil his prophecy and deliver over home soil!
ICYMI: 3 of our Master Class pilots took a scenic trip around the local area with home hero Matthias Dolderer ahead of the race and it was pretty spectacular!
Man of the moment is Matthias Dolderer – the local hero and title hopeful. He's taking the pressure all in his stride and keeping calm despite the intense media attention...