Matthias Dolderer blazed his way through Qualifying today with a time of 58.332s. After struggling in the Free Practice sessions, the German pilot looked back to his strongest in the San Diego racetrack.
Michael Goulian was closest to catching Dolderer. He had already been on the track and laid down his time, which Dolderer beat by 0.646s. And Martin Sonka, who has been strong all week was third.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in Qualifying was how quickly Matt Hall seems to have adapted to his new raceplane. The Australian was fourth on the timesheet after stopping the clock at 59.516, this put him and Pete McLeod, who was 0.111s slower than Hall, the only other pilots to collect a time of sub one minute.
The other pilot flying over home soil, Kirby Chambliss, finished the day in sixth, but will feel he can do better in the Round of 14 tomorrow. Behind Chambliss sat Juan Velarde and Petr Kopfstein who are getting to grips with this track and will go head to head in the Round of 14 tomorrow.
Yoshihide Muroya, Peter Podlunsek, Cristian Bolton and Nicolas Ivanoff all had Qualifying runs they will want to forget. None of them was able to fly without picking up penalties, which saw them drop down the timesheet.
Mikael Brageot was unable to take part in Qualifying due to a technical issue with his raceplane that he picked up in Free Practice 3.
Master Class Qualifying results