Bergér dictates the pace over the Douro

The current Challenger Champion takes charge in the first day of flying

Coleman in the track

Florian Bergér showed everyone why he is top of the Challenger Class leader board with two perfect flying sessions that saw him top the timesheet in both Free Practice 1 and 2.

The German pilot flew exceptionally smoothly in the track – which requires a gentle approach to set a good time – to finish top of both today's sessions.

Florian Bergér was the first Challenger to fly in Porto in Free Practice 1 and instantly showed why he's leading the standings. He flew the quickest time of the first session with a 1:17.853 lap.

American Kevin Coleman came closest to the German pilot, posting a 1:18.871, more than a second slower than the current champion. Ben Murphy was third, 1.125s behind the leader.

Melanie Astles' quickest time was hampered by a one second penalty for insufficient smoke, but it was enough to see her fourth in the morning session. Kenny Chiang was fifth. He picked up three seconds in penalty time due to an incorrect flying level in the gate and an operational violation of an incorrect vertical turning manoeuvre. Daniel Genevey finished sixth in FP1.

The afternoon session played out in a similar fashion with Bergér flying even quicker despite the wind picking up for the afternoon session. He flew an unbeaten 1:17.558 that saw him almost three seconds quicker than his closest competitor.

Melanie Astles was the closest to Bergér in FP2 finishing 2.950s behind. Murphy was third again on the timesheet finishing in 1:21.602.

Kenny Chiang was fourth on the timesheet and behind him was Kevin Coleman who couldn't get close to the time he set in FP1. He also picked up a two second penalty which didn't help his cause. Daniel Genevey finished sixth 6.515s behind Bergér.

The pilots will be back in the track tomorrow for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying. You can catch all the action HERE.

Challenger Class Free Practice 1 results

 

Challenger Class Free Practice 2 results