Lausitz 2017 reactions: Master Class Qualifying

Hall on his birthday and Qualifying

A good day for Hall

Matt Hall, and the other 13 Master Class pilots talk about how Qualifying went for them today in the penultimate race of the season. With the top eight separated by less than a second it's going to be a tight race tomorrow and whoever blinks first will lose out. Here's what the pilots thought of their performances today?

Martin Sonka
"I flew the line I prepared before the flight, but I think we need to change some things and see where we can cut the line a little bit. I'm up against Nicolas tomorrow, and you never know what you're going to get. He can be very fast, but we will see what happens tomorrow, we will see after his flight. It's great how many Czech fans are here, it really feels like my home race."

Pete McLeod
"We've been winning Qualifying in the last four races so this feeling is a little different. In general the flying is where I want it, we just need to ensure I don't push too hard out there. The other guys are flying really fast and I think that's the difference out there. I think if the weather is like this tomorrow then it's going to be really tight. If the conditions kick up and become more challenging then it'll be a much more open race. But I think it's anybody's game tomorrow."

Kirby Chambliss
"I did what I wanted – well, I did on the first run – I laid down a pretty fast time without getting too crazy and that put me in fourth. I thought I would really go for it in the second run. I was super fast but I pulled 12.1G instead of 11.9G, so I was out. I had a nice line, my entry speed was good, I think I would've set a really good time, but it is what it is. The race is tomorrow, right? So we're good."

Yoshihide Muroya
"We hit the time we were aiming for so we're pleased. We have found the racing line we want, so tomorrow we will try and fly the same. The other guys are flying a trickier line, but it's not the best lines for the track – we will see tomorrow."

Petr Kopfstein
"We were just a couple of hundredths behind Matt who was the fastest, so we're super happy, especially to fly in front of all these amazing fans. It's incredible seeing so many Czech fans here, it feels like a home race – I'm so proud to fly in front of them. Tomorrow, we will keep pushing and fly even faster."

Matthias Dolderer
"Every run is getting better and better, I'm getting confident and I think we've found a good line. The engine setup is good. I just need to give 110 per cent tomorrow, especially if I get into the Round of 8 and Final 4. We've seen today that some of the guys setting fast times haven't been able to repeat them. So I'm confident that I can go faster and repeat what I've done today. Being here is great, there's a real motorsport feeling here. It's exceptional – having my home fans here in front of my hangar is great. I wave to them when I walk past and I can here them shouting, it's amazing for all the pilots and the teams to be in this unique location."

Matt Hall
"I keep forgetting it's my birthday. I just went out and flew the best I could, and I'm happy with the good results after a lot of work on the raceplane. Realistically, we are still a young team with a young aircraft, so we are looking for good, solid results. It's nice we are proving that we can be quite fast and that we had the best time today, and it would be nice to do that again tomorrow, but tomorrow is another day. In the end you just try to fly the best time you can, and we will try to repeat our own performance. As I always say, if the other guys can beat me while I'm giving my best performance, well done to them and they deserve the win."

Michael Goulian
"We were going for a 50.3s and hit a 51.1s, so I'm not pleased, it wasn't perfect. I collected a penalty in the first run and maybe that was in the back of my mind in my second run. It was almost a second practice. Whoever we have to fly against, we will just go out there and do it. The VTMs have to be done perfectly or you're not going to win."

Juan Velarde
"I was more than a second slower than I was three hours ago, so I'm not happy with the time in Qualifying. I had two penalties on the first run, so I couldn't push as hard as I wanted to in the second run. I wanted to be more aggressive, but I couldn't follow the plan. We will have to analyse what we did in Qualifying. We know we can be fast, we just have to do it again."

Mikael Brageot
"Qualifying done! The time is acceptable, we wanted to get below 51s, we were close. The good point is that we're flying on the lines and we know what my reference points are around the track, which will really help me in the race tomorrow. We will try to be a bit more aggressive tomorrow, so the Round of 14 should be amazing."

Peter Podlunsek
"Overall I'm happy with my run, but I'm not pleased with how I'm flying the VTMs and this is the point I really have to work on for tomorrow. For the rest of the track, my times are very similar to the other pilots, so we need to fly the optimal line. We will push to the maximum to get through the Round of 14."

Nicolas Ivanoff
"The Qualifying session was not as good for me as Free Practice 3. I made a mistake in the first run and then in the second run when I tried to go faster, I made even more mistakes, which was not so good. I was not so confident as I was in the earlier session."

François Le Vot
"I'm very satisfied, it was an amazing day and I am happy. The track is quite technical, but I'm able to fly my gameplan, we still need to learn, but it's coming."

Cristian Bolton
"I'm really happy, there have been improvements and I'm taking seconds off my time. It was a clean flight and I'm flying consistently, it was a very strong flight for us. The tactic for tomorrow is to fly clean of course – that's the main factor to get into the Round of 8."

The pilots will be going full throttle through the track tomorrow to try and grab as many championship points as possible. Follow all the action HERE.