Magnificent McLeod tops Qualifying in Kazan

Canadian pilot does it again

McLeod topped Qualifying

Pete McLeod made it a hat trick of Qualifying victories when he set the fastest time in Qualifying this afternoon.

McLeod smashed the track record and in doing so became the first pilot to post a sub-55s run with his 54.562s time. McLeod set a quick time in his first run and then in his second run took the riskier lines and it paid off.

Closest to McLeod was Martin Sonka, who even though flew well could only manage to set a time that was 1.777s slower than the Canadian pilot. Third on the Qualifying timesheet was Nicolas Ivanoff, who has looked comfortable in the track since his first flight yesterday. Budapest race winner, Kirby Chambliss was fourth and Michael Goulian fifth. The American pilots seem to also be comfortable in this track.

Matt Hall pushed hard in his run, but could only finish sixth, but he knows he has more to give and will want to get on that podium, he will need to make sure he doesn't let the pressure get to him.

When talking about pressure, Matthias Dolderer will be feeling it now. The current World Champion's run of bad luck continued in Qualifying, he clipped a pylon in his first run and then on his second run he rolled too early out of Gate 3 and was given a two-second penalty for incorrect level, which saw him qualify 11th on the timesheet.

New Master Class pilot Mikael Brageot was unlucky to over-G and receive a DNF. He clipped a pylon at Gate 4 and it seemed to put him off his run as he pulled on the stick too hard and was told to 'knock it off' and return to base.

François Le Vot was also unlucky as he encountered a bird strike between Gate 3 and Gate 4 and had to return to the race airport, the aircraft and pilot are both fine.

All today's action will make for a thrilling Race Day in Kazan tomorrow and you can follow all the action HERE. Don't miss a moment.

Master Class Qualifying results