Arch is on the red in the first split time and we know it's the first few gates that could be where this race is won or lost
Plus the Vertical Turning Manoeuvre is the place to nail it!
Yes! That is green and it's 55.668 for Arch and he wipes the smile off Velarde's face...
2 heats down – McLeod and Arch through so far... with 10 pilots to fly
Kopfstein V Chambliss next
This could be a close run heat, with very different characters taking to the motorsport stage here for the German fans
Kopfstein is supported by his father in the crowd here, and a good contingent of Czech fans in the grandstands too
As the first pilot to fly in this head to head heat, Kopfstein sets the bar with a clean 56.238 run!
In Qualifying, Chambliss posted 55.444 so this one could go either way... and the track conditions are good out there, it's cooler and that means the engine performs better
Chambliss is a veteran of this sport and a former World Champ – it's his 70th race here in Germany!
Chambliss is cleared into the track and he's got to beat Kopfstein if he wants to add to the points and hold onto a place in the top half of the table
This is looking good and Chambliss is showing why he's still here after 70 races!
And it doesn't even look like he broke a sweat out there! It's a 54.736 for the first of the Americans out on the track today
Chambliss joins McLeod and Arch in the Round of 8...
France V Japan next as we watch Nicolas Ivanoff take on Yoshi Muroya!
This is a great pairing and both have won races this year – but Ivanoff was way down in 12th place in Qualifying, suggesting that this track is not wholly suited to the Frenchman
And it's another disappointing run for Ivanoff – the buzzer sounds and that's an incorrect level penalty at Gate 10
That's 57.088 for Ivanoff and if Yoshi goes through, this won't be enough for the bonus Fastest Loser spot