Astles is first out into the track today and the wind has picked up since yesterday so we're expecting pylons down as turbulence forms in the centre of the oval track...
Astles was 5th in yesterday's race and had a penalty-ridden run, with a pylon hit at Gate 3 and 2 further incorrect levels...
So she's out there today hoping to have learned from those mistakes to make good!
It looks like she's taking things a bit slower today and has maybe realised that keeping it clean is the order of the day in this technical track...
It's a respectable effort and importantly, penalty free for Astles! It's 1:07.843 on the timesheets...
Next to go is Daniel Ryfa, who already had a taste of the Champage her at the EuroSpeedway and will be aiming to take the double in Germany
He's off Astles' pace at the first split time! But by the second sector it's looking much better and it's green!
- Pylon Hit!
And that is the sound of the buzzer for a pylon hit! No Ryfa! But it's not knocking his concentration as he ake it through the track to post 1:07.172 including those extra 3s! That's a great net time, shame about the pylon :(
Next up it's American contender Kevin Coleman, now in second place in the overall standings after Ryfa moved ahead yesterday
He's got to win this one to create a gap at the top, with just this race and the Indianapolis race to go...
He's got to beat a 1:07 out there, which if he keeps his cool and stays penalty-free should be achievable
- Pylon Hit!
But there's the buzzer and it's a pylon hit again at Gate 6!
You need those sector times to stay green Kevin! That track looks tough out there and it's another buzzer Gate 13 incorrect level...
Coleman will have to bow down to Ryfa on this occasion as he stops the clock in 1:08.312 with 5 penalty seconds
Those pylons could well take a beating today as the track conditions get more volatile. They are totally unique and what make this sport great fun to watch... learn a bit more:
And we're back with Florian Berger into the track for the second half of this Lausitz round of the Challenger Cup!
Berger is the second youngest of the pilots and has already achieved a career win earlier this year in Spielberg, so we know he's capable of great things
Those sector times are strong and he's all in the green!
It's clean and controlled flying from the German – what a thrill for the local fans!
Berger brings it home and that is going to be tough to beat: 1:04.985 moves him straight to the top spot with Murphy coming up next
And now we're back with Ben Murphy, he's down in 5th place overall with 14 points to his name – 12 behind Ryfa and Coleman so he's got a lot of work to do out here today to raise his game
The Brit was second yesterday in the rescsheduled Budapest race so he's got it in him to do well on this track – one which is catching out plenty of pilots across both the Challenger and Master classes
But it's looking steady out there for Murphy and the split times are off Berger's pace but still ahead of Ryfa...
And that's a good job done for Murphy! He passes the Finish Gate in 1:06.652 and moves into 2nd place with just Luke Czepiela to fly
And last to fly today, Czepiela is also in fine form after finishing in 3rd place yesterday
The Polish pilot returned to the Red Bull Air Race this year after taking a year off in 2015
Looks like the time away has paid dividends and that's a strong result for Czepiela with a clean 1:05.524 run – and he's now ahead of Murphy in 2nd place!