Good morning from a sunny Lausitzring here in Germany! It's Race Day and we're settled in now, ready for a wild ride!
This is what the racetrack looks like from above...
It's a fast and furious track, the first over land in 2017, with 15 Air Gates and with 2 laps to fly
In Qualifying yesterday, it was Australia's Matt Hall who flew to victory
RACE DAY LAUSITZRING SCHEDULE (local times):
1300 CHALLENGER CUP
1400 MASTER CLASS ROUND OF 14
1600 MASTER CLASS ROUND OF 8
1630 MASTER CLASS FINAL 4
1730 PRESS CONFERENCE
The atmosphere is building as the motorsport mad German fans soak up the entertainment ahead of the race action
OFFICIAL CHALLENGER CUP STARTLIST:
OK! This is it! We will be LIVE in just a moment...
And Luke Czepiela is first to fly in this Challenger Cup race here in Lausitz
The Polish pilot has 24 points and has already qualified to fly in the final at Indianapolis
He's through the track's first lap and he sets the pace today
It's penalty-free which is an improvement on yesterday's DQ in Qualifying... that's 1:01.590 for Czepiela
Next up is Melanie Astles, 4th in Qualifying yesterday and capable of a 59s run
- Pylon Hit!
And no! That's our first pylon and 3s in penalties at gate 3
She will have to potentially say goodbye to her place in the final
What a disappointment for the French pilot and her net time is faster than Czepiela's
First trip out to the infield for our Airgator team now as they repair the pylon
Sweden's Daniel Ryfa is the next of the 6 pilots to fly... 2 down, 4 to go
Ryfa is currently in 3rd overall and is tied on 24 points with Czepiela. He's already secured his place for Indianapolis but a win here would bring him to 2 in 2017 to match Berger's record
After Qualifying, Ryfa said he plans to go all in today, nothing to lose... so we're expecting him to really put up a fight against Berger