Start List for the Round of 8:
Goulian vs Hall
Sonka vs Le Vot
Brageot vs Chambliss
Murphy vs Muroya
Mikey G into the track, he knows that Matt Hall can perform under pressure and go fast, so it's got to be a clean but full throttle run today.
Goulian in at 198kts and he's got a great start, consistent and very clean lines, but he's got to push really hard through those gates to get a spot in the Final 4.
No over-Gs, he's through Gate 6 with no penalties and he'll be going for a sub-54 time here. Nicely executed Mikey G, 54.300.
That's a respectable time, but Hall has gone faster. Hall just needs to avoid those penalties that have dogged him this week.
Hall into the track at 199.9kts. He'll know he can go faster than Goulian, but the splits are in the red so far. Hall has got a lot of work to do here, he's 0.213 behind Goulian and he's losing time in the second part of the track. There seems to be a lack of energy in his performance, is he holding back?
The splits are STILL in the red and Hall is trailing as he takes it through the Finish Gate.
That's a few points in the bag for Hall in the World Championship standings but no place in the Final 4. Goulian progresses.
Sonka next up for Heat 9...
Entry speed 199.28kts. Looking relaxed but quick through that chicane and perfect lines for Sonka through the vertical turning manoeuvre
He's pulling Gs but keeping within limits, no problems through Gate 14 and a clean sweep through the track with 54.825
Le Vot went 53.823 in the Round of 14 so is capable of taking the Final 4 spot from Sonka
Smoke on for Le Vot in the track and as the ghost plane challenges Le Vot, we see that Sonka is just ahead of the Frenchman in the VTM
Le Vot only 0.286s behind in the fourth split, he's taking a different line to Sonka, and Le Vot has lost some time in the track and is battling to find a last burst of speed to take the lead from Sonka... but it's just not enough to take the Final 4 place. Le Vot was confident and a fighting performance with 55.111
Goulian and Sonka have progressed... four pilots still to fly, only two places remaining in today's final.
Brageot vs Chambliss
Brageot went 54.865 in Qualifying, and Chambliss has got some serious speed. Brageot looking slightly scrappy, a little correction there and he's picked up +2seconds at Gate 7 for incorrect level flying.
Chambliss will just need to keep it penalty free and he's assured a spot in that Final 4...
Chambliss cleared into the track. He's on the nose with 200kts through the Start Gate and the splits are 1.99s ahead of Brageot in the first section of the track. He's looking neck and neck with Mika without the penalty, but it's all about those errors and Chambliss is starting to tighten up and find his perfect lines through the track. Nice and relaxed and Chambliss progresses error free with 54.980
Goulian currently the fastest pilot in the Round of 8
Former Red Arrows pilot Ben Murphy next up in Heat 11 as he takes on Muroya for the last spot in the Final 4.
Murphy in at 200kts on the mark, he's taking no prisoners in this run and obviously wants to make a mark in his first ever Master Class round. He's GOT to watch those Gs though as he goes beautifully through the track. Murphy showing his class with a clean run and 54.860 - a superb performance for a pilot competing in his first Master Class Round of 8! Definitely pressure on Muroya now...
Tense wait now for Murphy. We know Muroya can step up under pressure, so let's see what the World Champion has got...