Dolderer takes Qualifying as Hall slumps to ninth

The German pilot set a time that nobody else could come close to in Qualifying

Dolderer dominated Qualifying

Matthias was back to his World Championship-winning best today in Qualifying when he set a time of 52.615s. Matt Hall, the series leader and the pilot to set the track record twice so far this weekend was unable to dominate and his time of 54.009s saw him down in ninth on the timesheet, 1.394s behind Dolderer.

The pilot closest to Dolderer was Michael Goulian who set a really slow first run time of 54.699s, but the American refocused and on his second run was able to shave close to two seconds off his time and he was able to finish just 0.205s behind the German pilot.

Juan Velarde who has been consistently quick here in Kazan was third in the timesheet with a 52.969s; he was the last pilot to finish with a sub-53s time. British pilot Ben Murphy, in only his fifth Master Class race, was just under Velarde in fourth and that result has seen him in a Round of 14 heat tomorrow against Petr Kopfstein who was 11th on the timesheet.

Current World Champion Yoshihide Muroya was fifth with a time of 53.351s and Mika Brageot was behind him in sixth. Brageot's placement will see him go up against Hall. Although Hall wasn't happy with his time, he wasn't too disappointed either. "I think the track was a little bit different, I didn't hit the same lines as I was looking for. We'll go back and have a look at our data. I'm not too concerned, it's just Qualifying and we've been doing pretty well for the last two days," said Hall to Paul Bonhomme after his run.

Martin Sonka who won the last race in Budapest struggled as well, he seemed unable to find his racing line and finished Qualifying down in 12th, that result puts him up against Velarde in tomorrow's Round of 14.

The Round of 14 starts at 13:00 (local time) with Nicolas Ivanoff the first pilot to enter the track. Watch all the action live, right HERE.

Kazan 2018 Master Class Qualifying results