Bergér battles to top in Budapest Free Practice

Championship leader fights his way to the summit of the timesheet

Challengers in the track

In extremely testing conditions over the Danube, Challenger Class leader Florian Berger finished today's Free Practice 1 session almost five seconds faster than his closest competitor.

The Challenger pilots Free Practice 2 session was cancelled due to strong winds at the race airport, but all six pilots were pleased to get out in the track after the long break since San Diego in April.

Bergér was first to fly in the conditions that saw cross winds, tail winds and a lot of turbulence, but he said he probably had the best conditions of the day. The German pilot, who is the current Challenger Class Champion, crossed the Hamilton Start/Finish Gate in 1:12.709. That time included a one second penalty for insufficient smoke. Closest to Bergér was long-time rival Daniel Ryfa.

Ryfa could only manage a best time of 1:17.633, which included five seconds worth of penalties. This left the Swedish pilot 4.924s behind Bergér. Luke Czepiela was third and also collected some penalties in the track, although the turbulence could be blamed for his incorrect level flying in the track.

2017 debutant, Baptiste Vignes was fourth and close to Czepiela, also finishing within eight seconds of the leader. Kenny Chiang and Daniel Genevey struggled to find their lines in the track and will have liked for the second session to go ahead.

Qualifying of the Challengers takes place tomorrow at 15:20 you can follow the action here.

Challenger Class Free Practice 1 results