And he's off! Slower entry speed than Sonka, but this is controlled and precise...
First split time is red... and the second... he needs to make it up in the second half of the track!
And it's under review! But that is all good with the Race Tower and Velarde takes 2nd place behind Martin Sonka, with 54.166
It's taken five seasons but finally Martin Sonka wins his first race and deservedly so!
Sonka on his first ever race win: "I'm super happy the whole race week and the team worked as a perfect machine. I finally won my first race and it gives me some confidence for the future. I feel really good in my plane and this is a totally different start to the season."
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What a result!
And that wraps up the first race of 2017 with a fantastic shake up on the podium and plenty of smiles for Martin Sonka and Juan Velarde with career best results! We'll see you again when we move to San Diego, USA on 15/16 April. Thanks for joining us!