Davidson delights in Challenger Qualifying

The rookie Challenger took the top spot and another track record

Davidson in the Kazan track

Patrick Davidson, in only his third Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class outing, was close to a second faster than any of his rivals in the Qualifying session in Kazan today.

The South African pilot set the track record as he flew through the Finish Gate with a time of 57.437s – the fastest of the weekend for the Challengers.

Melanie Astles, who has been improving with every run, came closest to Davidson with a time of 58.399s, but that was still 0.962s slower.

Kevin Coleman, who had been quickest in FP3, was third in Qualifying with a 58.751s run, and just behind him was Challenger leader Luke Czepiela who flew a 58.960s. Czepiela was first to fly so didn't have the advantage of seeing what the track was like in advance.

Dario Costa, who openly admits he's not enjoying this course, finished fifth, 1.943s behind Davidson. Kenny Chiang finished sixth with a time of 1:00.164 – he will want to do better tomorrow as he has fond memories of racing in Kazan as he won here in 2017.

The Challenger Class race kicks off at 12:00 local time. Follow all the action live, right HERE.

Kazan 2018 Challenger Class Qualifying results