For the first time in the history of the Red Bull Air Race, the pilots will be going head-to-head in France, in the beautiful city of Cannes on 21-22 April 2018. With five French pilots in the series (three Masters, two Challengers) it will be their first opportunity to experience a home race, and it will be one to remember.
Bolton kicks off the Masters Round of 14, and he's under pressure as Brageot was on form yesterday in Qualifying... little bit of tail wind today and Bolton looking comfortable but the time is lacking... incorrect level flying for Bolton at Gate 9 and that is NOT the result Bolton was hoping for here in Cannes. A shake of the head from the Chilean and he knows that all he can hope for now is a few mistakes from Brageot,
Brageot cleared into the track and he's through at 198.33kts. All he's got to do is replicate this week's flying performances and get through smart and clean, and just keep the pace up. He's looking a bit conservative on the Gs and he knows he can't afford to make any mistakes right now. The pilot is going 2.8s faster in the third split... faster even in the fourth as he flies through with 58.588... he went 57 yesterday in Qualifying but it's an impressive performance in front of his home crowd.
Ivanoff looking a little out of sorts in the first half of the track, he's a bit up and down and has already picked up +2s at Gate 4. He needs to find some smooth flying and stick to his lines, any more penalties and Dolderer will take full advantage. But it's still off the pace... well over 1:01 and all he can do is sit and wait for Dolderer to make a few errors.
Dolderer is in, he's only gone through at 197kts but he knows that Ivanoff made some mistakes early on... Dolderer soon picking up the pace and the splits are firmly in the green, some really great cadence through that chicane but has come out wide... this is a great first run through the track in preparation for a storming Round of 8? The German looking very confident as he takes the final vertical turning manoeuvre and full throttle back through the Finish Gate. No penalties, and a storming first flight today as he posts the fastest time so far in this Round of 14.
McLeod will be looking to get under 58 if he can... he hasn't managed it all weekend but he's putting in a stellar performance so far, with some GREAT lines and beautiful rhythm out there... he's through cleanly with no penalties and has laid down the gauntlet for Muroya, who posted 57.456 in Qualifying yesterday
Here comes Yoshi, and he's flying a little on the edge today, the light goes green as he posts 0.214s faster in the second split, and he keeps it clean... just... in the last vertical turning manoeuvre and just a little wait as his flying session is under review. Good news for the Japanese pilot as he gets through with a clean time of 58.015