Next up, the pilot he's chasing – France's Nicoas Ivanoff
After an epic win in Abu Dhabi at the start of the season, Ivanoff hasn't been on form – although he managed to pick up 4 points at Ascot to keep him in the top half of the table
Ivanoff puts down 58.036 with 2s for incorrect level at Gate 10 – not one of the common pressure points here for anyone else...
Second run is clean and he makes it through that gate without any issues, plus he's faster this time – it's 55.388 and he's midfield with four to fly
Kirby Chambliss is the next pilot to take flight at the EuroSpeedway and his 2016 season is looking up
Sitting in 4th overall Chambliss has scored points at every round so far
His first run – it's clean but the pace is way off 56.808
And second time is a whole second faster – with the gain happening at the first part of the sector times – 55.793
Matt Hall to go next and he was right up there in FP1 yesterday with a 53s time!
Can he repeat that today?
That's some fantastic flying from the Australian pilot! His 54.480 time puts him just behind session leader Kopfstein and there's still another go...
Go Matt! That is outstanding and he claws back just enough to move ahead of Kopfstein with his second run of 54.370 – that's just 0.015s faster! This could be a very tight race!
Hall climbs to the top of the timesheet once again, with just Arch and Dolderer to fly
Hannes Arch out next – we've seen some newly introduced aerodynamic devices on his Edge 540 here in Germany and although he's playing it cool, he knows this race really matters
His first run is off to a bad start! That's 2s at Gate 4... and then the judges call Arch for exceeding the start speed and that's an automatic DNF...
His second run really needs to be steady if he wants to get all-important track time
It's the same again and that is bad news for Arch – another DNF
So it's just Matthias Dolderer to fly and the local hero has been treating his fans this morning to a meet and greet session – they are here to support him in their droves!
It would be great if he can give them a home win on Sunday!
But there's plenty of work to do before then... and he's out into the track
He's taking it steady out there and it's clean flying, maybe not quite at race pace just yet as he crosses the finish gate and gets an extra 1s for insufficient smoke – it's 56.038 – even his net time would not be enough her to beat Hall
And it's the same again – where's the smoke? It's another 1s from the judges and 55.734 on the clock
And that concludes Master Class FP3 – official result to follow
MASTER CLASS FP 3 RESULT:
WE ARE STRAIGHT INTO THE CHALLENGER CUP NOW!
This is the rescheduled Challenger Cup from the missed race in Budapest and we'll have the Lausitz race tomorrow – so a double race weekend for some pilots
Startlist for the Challenger Cup (Budapest):
Starting this first race of the weekend is Melanie Astles, ready to build on her 8 points so far this season
Earlier Qualifying was a bit of a washout for Astles, where she picked up 6s in penalties...
And this time it's not looking great for her again...
- Pylon Hit!
It's a pylon hit at gate 3!
And that's knocked her off her game, leading to another 4s in penalties for incorrect level at Gates 10 and 11... bad luck Melanie :(
It's a 1:14.060 and that will have to be put down to experience
Daniel Ryfa follows next and he was penalised for exceeding the start speed in Qualifying so he needs to keep that in check now it counts!
And more great flying from Ryfa! That's a strong performance and hard act to follow – he posts 1:03.571 and throws down the gauntlet...
Chile's Cristian Bolton flies next and again, it's not long before we hear the buzzer and he picks up 2s for incorrect level at Gate 11... followed closely by the voice of Race Director Steve Jones calling a DQ for crossing the safety line... bad luck Cristian