Muroya: "It's quite a disappointment but our engine is not working well so the only way to beat Juan is to push to the limit."
France's Ivanoff flies first and as the winner here in 2016... can he repeat history? Let's see...
Ivanoff is cleared into the track and that's a cautious start
Seems like Ivanoff has taken it down a notch for today and he needs to keep it calm if he wants to progress
And it's clean! Go Ivanoff! But that's not too fast and Kopfstein has got plenty in the tank
Czech pilot Kopfstein has got it all to play for...
Again a slower start into the track...
can he beat the pace of the Frenchman? It's just in the green at the first split time!
- Pylon Hit!
And it's green again... but NO! It's a pylon!
So disappointing and that's where the experience of Ivanoff has come into force
And here comes the newly repainted Edge 540 of Francois Le Vot!
Fans are loving this new look for the Frenchman and we hope this will give him some good energy for the 2017 season after a tough 2016
And he sets the pace for the American with a clean 54.410
12th season for Chambliss and an old hand when it comes to racing here in Abu Dhabi... he's technically got the advantage but the often aggressive American needs to play it smart today
It's quick and it's green... he just needs to keep it clean! Steady pace here and his line is good, that's strong and could see him walk into the R8