Matt Hall now waiting to head into the track... he'll have heard that time and knows that it's make or break time now... the lead of the World Championship is at stake even in this opening round
And Matt Hall cleared into the track... he's through at EXACTLY 200kts... he's knownn for his precision flying but this is a very fast track and even the smallest mistake can make a huge difference on the timesheets
the first split is red but he's quickly into the greens... just 0.67 ahead and then he gains more time... Hall is disciplined and he's really cool under pressure. Speed is up, pace is there
Le Vot currently placed as Fastest Loser
Velarde into the track at 199kts, and he's setting the pace out there... but the buzzer goes too soon and the call to knock it off comes early at Gate 7 and he exceeds maximum G
Velarde leaves the door open for Brageot, who just has to run cleanly and use it as a useful warm up for the Round of 8
Brageot through at 197kts and he's taking it easy... there's no ghost plane to chase so it's all about Mika...
Ivanoff under the bridge and into the Start Gate, the pace is good at 199kts and he's really got to focus today after a disappointing start to the race weekend yesterday
Clean and fast into the Round of 8, Kopfstein says... let's see what he's got...
He's into the Start Gate from under the bridge, and it's a little on the slow side at 196kts
Yet the first splits are in and he's 0.006 ahead
Francois Le Vot retains his place as Fastest Loser
Murphy vs Chambliss
And Britain's Ben Murphy is into the track... he blasts under the bridge and pitching up into the Start Gate and he's on 198kts, there's a lot of speed in that plane and Murphy is flying on the edge right now...
Murphy knows that Chambliss can be really fast and aggressive... he's pushing hard and the focus is absolutely there