Kenny Chiang and Patrick Davidson were the two quickest pilots in the first sessions of race week today. Chiang took the top spot in the early session, with Davidson setting the fastest time of the day in FP2.
Luke Czepiela, hot off his win in Budapest was first into the 2018 Kazan track and instantly impressed with a time of 58.558s, which included a one second penalty for insufficient smoke.
Czepiela was followed into the track by Kevin Coleman, racing for the first time since Abu Dhabi, and Patrick Davidson, who is in his debut season. Neither of those two could top Czepiela's time, but finished third and fourth on the timesheet.
Chiang went out fourth and set the time that the others could not top in FP1. Melanie Astles was fifth into the track but had a heavy pylon hit and even thought he fabric came off the wing of her raceplane, she thought it best to RTB (Return to base) to refocus. Dario Costa was last to fly in FP1 and could not find the correct line collecting six seconds worth of penalties in his fastest run.
The latter session saw Davidson fly the almost perfect run and set a time of 58.009s. Coleman came closest to Davidson's time posting a 58.262s run, just 0.253s slower than the South African. Costa was able to banish any thoughts of his earlier session and fished third on the timesheet, again under 0.3s behind the leader.
Due to an issue with Challenger plane #1 Both Chiang and Czepiela had to fly a different plane in FP2, although they both set competitive times, they found themselves in fourth and fifth respectively.
Astles was able to finish her FP2 session and was improving all the time, but due to not flying in the earlier session could only set a time of 59.569s which was 1.560s off the leader.
Tomorrow the Challengers have one more Free Practice session and then it's Qualifying, catch all the action HERE.
Kazan 2018 Challenger Class - Free Practice 1 results
Kazan 2018 Challenger Class - Free Practice 2 results