OFFICIAL CHALLENGER CUP LAUSITZ RESULTS:
1. Florian Berger (GER)
2. Luke Czepiela (POL)
3. Ben Murphy (GBR)
4. Daniel Ryfa (SWE)
5. Melanie Astles (FRA)
6. Kevin Coleman (USA)
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And hello to everyone here waiting for the start of the Master Class Round of 14... we are currently experiencing heavy rain and our start time has been put back to 1430 local time, which is in about 22 minutes
Qualifying winner from Saturday at Lausitz, Nigel Lamb:
"Winning Qualifying is great but we want to fly here today. With a bit of luck the weather will clear and we'll have a race. Looking at radar pictures, in around 45 minutes it should stop. Racing at high performance and high G with high angles of attack, with water you get an early breakaway and you don't want that.
"Rain in the track is a real issue for us and luckily that's rare for us. A lot of it is a mind game so you have to find ways to keep yourself calm and intensely focused. Whatever happens, happens and I'll just try to fly fast. We're all competitors and you want to win in the right conditions, which is on Race Day."
While we wait for the rain to clear, let's take a look back at the current state of play in the 2016 World Championship
France's Nicolas Ivanoff was the first to take the top step of the podium this year, winning in the heat of the UAE at the Abu Dhabi season opener...
"I propose we end the season right now," joked the Team Hamilton pilot. "Actually, we worked really hard for this in training and I was not stressed coming into the race – but I knew we had to be really careful. I'm very happy for my team and my fans."
In round 2, we moved to Europe and visited the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria...
It was at this race that current standings leader Matthias Dolderer claimed his first career win and began his title chase...
"Absolutely fantastic, a dream came true finally! Thanks to the team, finally it worked out... I'm just speechless," said Dolderer after the race.
It was at the next round that we saw Japanese pilot Yoshi Muroya shine and also claim a career first win – in front of an emotional home crowd in Chiba
"Having the home fans here really gave me a boost. I was running at 100% all week and they gave me that extra 10% to help me win. Martin and I were only 0.1s apart and I think it's the local fans that made that difference," he commented after stepping onto the top step of the podium.
For those of you asking about the Challenger Cup highlights – we have a video on the website that you can watch from yesterday's rescheduled race :)
And we hear on the radio that we can expect some action soon! So stay with us as we continue our quick season recap
Next up was Budapest, and well, there were some weather issues in the Hungarian capital too...