But that's a correction already in the track but he's ahead and the split times are all green... this should be a guaranteed place
Here we go! Goulian is through and he gets a chance to make up for disappointment back at the end of 2016 in Las Vegas
It's clean and he's through – 3rd fastest so far today and he's through... 54.195
The Slovenian is first out into the track and he will have to give it everything here if he hopes to beat his Czech rival – who was fastest in Qualifying yesterday
This needs to be totally error free and fast... and that's a great VTM!
And just as we think he's home and dry it's a call from the Race Tower and he gets a DQ for crossing the safety line
So Sonka is given a free ticket and should complete the R8 line up
Entering his 5th season and having finished in 9th in 2016, Sonka should be coming of age this year in the sport
And from what we've seen so far, it's looking promising
He still needs to fly fast here so he is reseeded against someone slower to improve his chances of making the Final 4
Clean flying here from Sonka, cool in the Abu Dhabi heat and that's a breeze
MCLEOD – FASTEST LOSER
Velarde was fastest overall ahead of Dolderer and Sonka... more surprises here in the UAE capital
McLeod: "I lost my heat and Matthias flew great, but 4th fastest time. I made some mistakes so I can be faster next time."
Judging by the excitement in the Round of 14, we expect more edge of the seat battles in the Round of 8!
We now have a break of 60 minutes before the Round of 8 so stay tuned and we'll be right back to give you all of the action as it happens!
ROUND OF 8 STARTLIST:
GOULIAN V MCLEOD
IVANOFF V SONKA
BOLTON V DOLDERER
LE VOT V VELARDE