The splits are looking OK, just 0.043s behind through that first section and he's gained a little time through Gate 4, but he can't keep on the pace of Berger... the German pilot has definitely led the field confidently today. Colman puts in a solid performance, penalty free with 58.996
That places him in third currently
And always a contender for the podium, Ryfa is up next. The swedish pilot has a knack of pulling out his best performance just when it's needed, and today is no exception!
He's going at a blistering pace out there and the splits are looking brilliant, 0.694 ahead of Berger... but NO! PYLON HIT!
That's a terrible result for Ryfa, a pylon hit at Gate 14 and he'll be so disappointed, he was on track to take the top spot on the podium today. That's +3s penalty which takes Ryfa down to 5th overall so far.
- Pylon Hit!
Without that pylon hit he was looking at 56.420, which would have placed in him first.
Next up, it's the last Challenger Cup flight of the day – Daniel Genevey of Hungary
If Genevey flies just a fraction better than his best time of 59.707 from earlier this week, he could find himself around 4th or 5th place. As Ryfa has demonstrated, it only takes a small miscalculation to find yourself at the top or the bottom of the standings.
Air Speed: 14 kts/W
Air Pressure: 1016.3 mbar
And Genevey is making his way into the track...
Cleanly through the first gates, 0.516s off Berger's pace but he's looking good so far... but NO! That's an Over G at Gate 6, a notorious gate in this track that's caught many pilots out. +2s on the clock for Genevey and he'll have a tough time pulling back any kind of time in the track.
He's continuing through and looking OK but it's not the solid performance he was hoping for.
1:01.309 with that penalty, placing him in 7th overall.
Without that penalty Genevey would have been around 4th place - the Hungarian will be disappointed with that performance.
Final unofficial results for the Challenger Cup round 1 in Abu Dhabi:
Berger (GER) - 57.073
Czepiela (POL) - 58.533
Coleman (USA) - 58.996
Costa (ITA) - 59.418
Ryfa (SWE) - 59.420
Davidson (RSA) - 1:00.544
Genevey (HUN) - 1:01.390
Here's the line-up for the Round of 14:
Le Vot vs Chambliss
Bolton vs Brageot
Murphy vs Velarde
McLeod vs Muroya
Kopfstein vs Sonka
Ivanoff vs Goulian
Hall vs Dolderer
Le Vot into the track... the Round of 14 is go!
It's a 199.19kts start for Le Vot, a great start and he's gone for a simple and sleek line through the track. A little soft on the turn there, Le Vot is looking precise though and he's sticking to his strategy, a blistering performance from Le Vot with 53.823
That puts the pressure on Chambliss who hasn't achieved a 53s run at all this week.
Chambliss will need to be disciplined and powerful out there, can he find the right balance?
He's on the nose with 199.98kts through the Start Gate, powering through just behind Le Vot but the splits go back in the green as he fins 0.088 on Le Vot...
it's back and forth as the splits go from green to red and back to green! He's caught Le Vot back after falling behind at the vertical turn, a tight line and Chambliss JUST pips Le Vot at the post!
Chambliss wins the heat.
Le Vot will be watching as he could still progress as a faster loser.