Kopfstein cleared into the track...
Steady start for Kopfstein, who has finished in 9th place in two Free Practice sessions this week. Kopfstein was plagued by 9th place finishes last year so he'll want to move up the timesheets today... a little hard and a great pace from his Edge... Kopfstein pulling hard through those VTMs BUT it's disciplined and clean. Kopfstein knows he can claw back some time and will surely go a little more aggressively in this second run. Can he go better than 54.529?
Former World Champion Matthias Dolderer up next.
Le Vot into the track next.
Le Vot finished in 7th and 10th in Free Practice... he's looking relaxed and comfortable out there and he may have heard about Dolderer's time and penalty and knows what he's got to do. He takes a different approach to the VTM and Le Vot has it all in hand... he's showing some textbook flying here and the splits agree... green for Le Vot, and just a little slip off the pace there in the final section, and he's got a great run in the bag. Le Vot takes the top spot with 54.177 but he's got another chance to go faster and put in an even more competitive time.
The wind speed has picked up just a little since the beginning of the session by a couple of knots
Britain's Ben Murphy is now into the track with 200kts on the nose and a substantial start... a little bit of a stumble into the first VTM and he needs to push harder in those manoeuvres. Good pace but he's definitely playing it safe out there. Same story with the second VTM, well under the G-limit but it's not going to win him race heats. Murphy slips into 5th overall so far with 54.185 and we're back into the track for his second run.
Chambliss in next... 200.59kts and it's a perfect start but the VTM is just on the soft side, he needs to find about 0.25s as he passes through the first lap and back into the VTM... Chambliss is clean so far and he's got that lick of aggression that we're used to seeing... but under review for Chambliss and the buzzer goes... +2s for incorrect level flying at Gate 14. With that penalty Chambliss is in 9th place overall with 56.072 - he's only managed a best place of 5th in Free Practice - so more pressure to improve in his second run and avoid any more costly mistakes.