Le Vot will have his work really cut out here... it's a 57.331 on the clock
McLeod must avoid any mistakes here as a 2s penalty could knock him out of the Round of 8... it's not over just yet
Last pilot to fly... Canada's Pete McLeod, currently sitting in 6th on 10 points in the overall standings
This is his opportunity to get back in the title hunt
He's feeling the rhythm here in Chiba and that's a very controlled and slick performance from McLeod
He moves ahead of Le Vot at every split time and finishes with 55.209 on the clock!
McLeod: "There's more of an angle on Gate 7 for me. As this race goes on you're going to see guys put the knife between their teeth."
HALL // MUROYA // CHAMBLISS // SONKA // GOULIAN // DOLDERER // MCLEOD ALL PROGRESS TO THE ROUND OF 8, WITH KOPFSTEIN AS THE FASTEST LOSER
Kopfstein: "We were happy Yoshi got through as the local hero but we did what we could and we have a lot of space to improve. That was really close!"
Official results story will follow...
ROUND OF 8 COMMENCES IN 60 MINUTES! WE'LL BE BACK SO STAY TUNED!
ROUND OF 8 STARTS IN 30 MINUTES!
We've got 15 minutes to go... check out how the Round of 8 is going to shape up!
ROUND OF 8 HEAD TO HEADS:
MUROYA V HALL
KOPFSTEIN V CHAMBLISS
DOLDERER V MCLEOD
GOULIAN V SONKA
Welcome back to Race Day in Chiba! The Round of 8 is about to kick off!
We return to Tokyo Bay now for the fast paced Round of 8 and straight into the Final 4. Hold on tight!
The head to head heats look impressive and it really could be an interesting session, with some very evenly matched pilots fighting against each other for a place in the Final
Home hero Muroya will race Hall... will the pressure of performing for his fans get the better of the Japanese ace and will Hall hold it together in his new raceplane when it really matters?
Through the start gate and this is the one he really needs to win! He can see the podium in his sights and he just needs to keep his cool if he's to beat Hall