Peter Podlunsek was the quickest in the Round of 14 in San Diego, laying down an impressive time of 58.929s and beating his heat rival Matt Hall. Abu Dhabi race winner Martin Sonka struggled in his heat, but went through as the Fastest Loser. Here's a breakdown of the heats...
Muroya vs McLeod
It's never nice being the first one to fly the track on Race Day, here in San Diego it fell to Yoshihide Muroya. The Japanese pilot crossed the Finish Gate in 59.280s, which put the pressure on Pete McLeod. McLeod had a lot of modifications added to his raceplane after Abu Dhabi, but couldn't beat Muroya. He was faster after the first lap, but lost time in the second lap and Muroya went through.
Podlunsek vs Hall
Podlunsek had struggled in the track, but had been improving with every run. The Slovenian pilot flew cleanly in his heat and set 58.989s, his fastest time of the week. Although Hall wasn't under any pressure due to debuting his new raceplane, he would need to fly his PB lap time to get through. He couldn't quite manage the time even though he flew a perfect lap.
Le Vot vs Chambliss
Le Vot had been improving all week, he knows he doesn't have the fastest raceplane, but that has never stopped him competing. He flew his fastest time of the week and set a 1:00.788. Chambliss was slower at the first three spilt times, but the deficit was getting smaller and smaller at every one and he managed to catch Le Vot's time by 0.215s and book his place in the Round of 8.
Ivanoff vs Sonka
This was the winner from Abu Dhabi 2016 against the Abu Dhabi winner from 2017. Ivanoff was first into the track and needed to finish in under a minute if he was to beat Martin Sonka. He crossed the Finish Gate in 59.067s. Sonka who had this track sorted flew well but a delay in the Vertical Turning Manoeuvre saw him lose precious time and after that he was unable to catch up the time he lost. However his commitment was enough to see him go through as the fastest loser.
Kopfstein vs Velarde
Petr Kopfstein has been the one to watch this season and his first run on Race Day saw him stop the clock with a time of 59.730s. Juan Velarde hadn't been flying his best in San Diego and decided to remove his new winglets before Qualifying to try and improve. He looked to be catching Kopfstein, but by the third spilt he was 0.364s slower and never managed to get the time back, ending his Race Day prematurely.
Bolton vs Goulian
New Master Class pilot Cristian Bolton didn't have a great start to this run. He clipped an early pylon at Gate 4 and was instantly on the back foot. He then hit a second pylon in the penultimate gate and that gave him a time of 1:08.286. Goulian just had to fly cleanly through the track to make sure he was through to the Round of 8, but he couldn't be too relaxed as his time would determine who he would face in the next round. He picked up a penalty, but was still through.
Brageot vs Dolderer
Brageot had less track time due to yesterday's technical issue, but he flew cleanly and finished with a time of 1:01.200. Dolderer flew perfectly in Qualifying and knew that if he brought the same form today he'd be through. Dolderer did what he does best, fly fast and clean, and he was 2.014s quicker in his run and comfortably into the Round of 8.
The Round of 8 over San Diego Bay starts at 15:00 local time, follow all the action HERE.
San Diego Master Class Round of 14 results