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!
That's 1:09.352 with 3s added and that'll be a big disappointment for Coleman...
Last pilot to fly in this session is Florian Berger of Germany! He's also one of the youngest to compete and is close behind Coleman – just two points separate them
A win in Spielberg and a 3rd place in Ascot bode well...
And we expect the support from the home crowd will also carry him along!
Yes! He keeps his cool here under the glorious sunshine to post a 1:05.436 to put him in second place!
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:
We're back and it's Free Practice 3 for the Master Class. Here's the startlist:
Yesterday we got our first glimpse of who's got this track dialled...
But today is another day and it's all to play for! The pilots will be using this last remaining FP session to iron out any kinks in their race strategy and do final analysis ahead of Qualifying
First out is Czech pilot Kopfstein, who was 6th and 8th in yesterday's sessions
Kopfstein was the winner of the Challenger Cup in 2014 and has shown steady progress since stepping up to the Master Class in 2016
He's solid out there on the track, good flying and it's a clean run with 54.385
Let's see if he's got any more to give in the second run...
His sector times are pretty consistent out there but he's slowing down on the last part of the track – it's slower this time and he clocks in at 56.320
It's Slovenian pilot Peter Podlunsek who follows...
Word at the Race Airport is that Podlunsek has a very fast and race tuned Edge 540
He's introduced new winglets to the series – ones that are tapered towards the ground – in contrast to everyone else. Only time will tell if this is a breakthrough mod
Either way, the man still needs to match the performance of the machine and once Podlunsek really finds his rhythm on the track, he could be a real contender
- 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