There were surprises galore in the Round of 14 in Budapest. World Champion Matthias Dolderer is out after an over G, as is Michael Goulian. Peter Podlunsek had technical problems and Matt Hall goes through as the fastest loser. Here's how the heats played out...
Brageot vs Hall
Mikael Brageot was the first pilot to fly today, so all eyes were on him to see what the track conditions were. Brageot put in a blistering time of 1:01.970. Matt Hall looked like he was going through at the halfway stage in his run. He was more than 0.3s in front of Brageot, but a slight mistake on the second lap cost him time and he finished 0.366s behind the Frenchman. However, it was enough to see Hall go through as the fastest loser.
Podlunsek vs Sonka
Peter Podlunsek received a DNS (Did Not Start) due to technical issues. This turned out to be a problem with his landing gear cuffs that caused vibration in the raceplane, so he came back to the race airport. This meant that Sonka just had to put in a time to go through. He didn't push as hard as he could and posted a time of 1:02.138, which could give him an interesting heat in the Round of 8.
Ivanoff vs Goulian
Nicolas Ivanoff set the fastest time of the day at the time of his flight. He set a 1:00.908, which meant Michael Goulian would have to work hard to beat it. He was looking good in the track and the split times were green for Goulian. Although at Gate 18 he went for the high-G turn and exceeded the limit, which put an end to his Race Day.
Bolton vs Kopfstein
Cristian Bolton put in his best time of the weekend with a 1:03.356. This meant Kopfstein would have to fly clean to ensure his place in the Round of 8. Although he was behind Bolton after the first split time, he mastered the track and crossed the Finish Gate 1.484s ahead of Bolton's time, seeing him in to the Round of 8.
Le Vot vs Chambliss
Francois Le Vot seems to be loving life in his new raceplane and looked in great from as he posted a time of 1:02.529. That time was enough to put all the pressure on Kirby Chambliss, who remained ice-cool in the track and stormed through 0.743s quicker, giving him his slot in the Round of 8.
Dolderer vs Muroya
Matthias Dolderer was feeling the pressure of this season and as he was flying up against Muroya. He knew he would have to push hard, but he pushed too hard an over G'd, which saw the end of his race. Muroya just had to set a time and he'd be through to the Round of 8. Muroya wanted to set a good time for a better draw in the Round of 8 heat. He crossed the Finish Gate in 1:00.572, the fastest time of the day so far.
Velarde vs McLeod
Juan Velarde put in a conservative flight after the disappointment of Qualifying. His time of 1:02.484 was going to be easy for McLeod to beat after his time in Qualifying. McLeod put in a great time that was nearly 1.5s faster, but the Canadian pilot would've had his heart in his mouth after one of his turns was under review for a long time. McLeod was given the green light and his place in the Round of 8.
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Master Class Round of 14 results