Budapest 2018: Round of 8 preview

Six pilots are out as we fly into the second round

Brageot flies first

Eight pilots are still battling it out in Budapest, here's how they line up...

Heat 8
Mika Brageot vs Cristian Bolton
Both of these pilots joined the Master Class at the same time and this matchup in the Round of 8 means one of them will make it into the Final 4 for the first time in their Red Bull Air Race career. They are both flying really well and this could go to either of them.

Heat 9
Martin Sonka vs François Le Vot
Sonka hasn't actually faced anyone yet in Budapest, but he won Qualifying and will be focused on getting to the Final 4. Le Vot is flying beautifully with his heavily modified raceplane and will hope to get into the Final 4 for the first time since Abu Dhabi in 2016. Le Vot was quicker in the Round of 14, but there's plenty left in Sonka's locker.

Heat 10
Ben Murphy vs Michael Goulian
Murphy flew well and put the pressure on Chambliss. If he flies cleanly there's a good chance he could spook Goulian into making the same mistake. However, Goulian has been on the podium every race so far this season, so he's the favourite to make it through.

Heat 11
Nicolas Ivanoff vs Matt Hall
Ivanoff seems to have found form just at the right time, but he needs to knock some seconds off his time if he's to beat Hall. Matt Hall was the only pilot to fly a sub-57s run and looks to be carrying his form from Chiba with him. He'll be expecting another podium today.

The Round of 8 starts at 15:00 local time, catch it all HERE.

Budapest 2018 Round of 8 startlist