Australia's Matt Hall posted the fastest time in the final training session on Thursday ahead of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Qualifying on Friday for the season opening race in Abu Dhabi.
The former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter pilot set the pace on the spectacular racetrack set up just above the waters of the Arabian Gulf and in front of Abu Dhabi's glistening skyline, stopping the clock in 56.747 seconds with Hannes Arch of Austria in second place 0.193 seconds behind and Britain's Paul Bonhomme back in third place, 0.451 behind.
"There aren't any Red Bull World Championship points handed out two days before the Final 4 but it's nice to know that I found a good line through the track and that I'm flying consistently," Hall said.
It has been a disappointing week so far for defending world champion Nigel Lamb of Great Britain. Lamb has struggled in training and been well off the pace set by Bonhomme, Arch and Hall. He could do no better than 6th place and was 1.286 second behind Hall. "I've got some work to do," said Lamb. "When you're way down the time sheets, it's not a fun place to be."
There will be 14 pilots chasing world championship points in Saturday's race in the UAE capital city that kicks off the 8 race season of the world's fastest motorsport series. On Friday, the pilots will have one further training session before Qualifying starts at 1600 local time.
Official results from Training 5
Official results from Training 6