Chambliss was leading the standings but disappointment in Porto put him behind Sonka and McLeod
The American cannot afford to let off the gas here in this round against Brageot if he wants to stake his claim on a win here and the title in 2017
Strong start at 199.79kts for Chambliss, a little unsure at Gate 3 but he's in the green!
This is textbook... and where experience really pays off out there... it's green and green again as he gains time on Brageot
It's a 50.720 for Chambliss and he goes through!
Brageot moves into the Fastest Loser spot for the moment...
It's Velarde V Dolderer now and the Spaniard has some scores to settle after missing out in Porto...
But the home hero will not be giving this one up without a huge fight
Sonka: "It looks like it's working again and I'm quite happy. We have to check the data but I think there are still margins where we can cut some time. It's like being at home and the atmosphere here is amazing."
We've got a sold out race here with 30,000 fans coming to the Lausitzring to see the action up close and personal... and you can feel the enthusiasm in the air! Those fans are crazy for the sport!
Velarde is cleared into the track and after a 9th place in Qualifying, he will need to dig deep
50.650 for Velarde and that's faster than Chambliss just flew... that's a very solid performance and Dolderer has a tough challenge ahead
And the home hero has the epic support of the crowds here but it's a double edged sword and he will need to remove all distractions from his mind now
He's just green at the first split time...
But there's the buzzer and it's game over with a pylon hit at Gate 7
Dolderer will be devastated with that... it's 53.957, although his net time wouldn't have beaten Velarde
Spain moves into the Round of 8
Last of the French pilots now against Japan – Le Vot V Muroya
Down in 4th place, Muroya needs this one to get back in the title chase
He lays down the time for Muroya and after 12th in Qualifying it's more a case of hoping the Japanese pilot makes a mistake
It's clean and controlled, but it's slow... 52.640 for Le Vot