Astles aces FP3 in Budapest

French pilot tops the final session before Qualifying

Astles quickest in FP3

Melanie Astles showed her rivals that she's ready to race here in Budapest with a flawless flight that gave her a time of 1:03.343 – the second fastest time of the week so far.

Astles had three runs in the track and worked them out perfectly knocking close to three seconds off her time in each run, saving the best until last.

Closest to Astles was current Challenger Cup Champion Florian Bergér. The German pilot also flew cleanly but was unable to cross the Finish Gate in a quicker time – his 1:04.052s was 0.709s slower and he had to settle for second place, however he did win here in 2017, so knows how to get to the top of the podium in Hungary.

Baptiste Vignes' fastest time was 1:04.330 and saw him third on the FP3 timesheet, 0.987s off the lead. Just behind him was Kenny Chiang, competing in his first race since September last year.

Both Luke Czepiela and Daniel Genevey found themselves in fifth and six respectively, not helped by the fact they both picked up penalties in their fastest runs. Czepiela was penalised one second for insufficient smoke and Genevey collected three seconds for insufficient smoke and incorrect level through a gate.

The six Challengers will fly in Qualifying this afternoon at 15:00 local time. Follow the action HERE.

Budapest 2018 Challenger Class FP3 results