Hall is up now and a safe run is essential now
- Pylon Hit!
He's into the track and NO! that's a pylon at Gate 3! Wow this is intense today...
Hall is in the green but he cannot afford to make any more mistakes if he wants to go through
He's maintaining the lead against Yoshi and it's enough even with the pylon penalty – he goes through with 1:02.794
Quick recap – Velarde // Chambliss // Hall are through to the Round of 8 so far
Next duo is Cristian Bolton up against Nicolas Ivanoff
Ivanoff was phenomenal in Qualifying so this is a big ask of Bolton
Bolton is safe and steady – that's a much better approach and he's clean...
It's home and dryish for Bolton with 1:01.837
France's Ivanoff can blow hot or cold so he will need to really keep it together and avoid any mistakes...
He's through the Start Gate and looking solid... this is green at the first split time
It's steady, is this Ivanoff on a good day?
And then just at the last second, he's under review and there's the buzzer for incorrect level at Gate 14! It's 1:01.900 with 2s just added
Ivanoff bids au revoir and Bolton will be all smiles at the Race Airport as he goes through
Peter Podlunsek V Petr Kopfstein up now
Slovenia's Podlunsek goes first...
- Pylon Hit!
It's very respectable flying from Podlunsek and he's looking like he could give Kopfstein a run for his money, but then it's a double pylon hit at Gates 10 and 11!
6s in penalties gives Podlunsek 1:05.272 on the timesheet for the Czech pilot to beat