Daniel Ryfa showed he is not going to let Florian Bergér have it all his own way at the Lausitzring this weekend when he flew out of the blocks in Free Practice 1. His time of 59.582s has yet to be beaten and, with Melanie Astles, was the only Challenger to fly a run in under the minute mark, leaving the opposition in their wake.
The current champion and standings leader, Bergér, could only produce two second-best times of the day. He looked set to be quickest in FP2, but Astles flew last and set a blistering time of 59.863s, something that will give her confidence in claiming a berth in the season finale at Indianapolis.
In FP1 Bergér's time was a second slower than Ryfa, with Ben Murphy in third. Murphy will be pleased with his flying today as he needs to collect points if he's to guarantee himself a place at the final in Indianapolis. Astles was fourth in FP1 and Luke Czepiela had a shocking run – his time of 1:12.875 included nine seconds worth of penalties.
In the later session Astles flew last with a near-perfect run. Her time of 59.863s was enough to see it knock Bergér off his perch and down into second. Murphy was third again showing good consistency and Czepiela had managed to fly better lines that were penalty free and good enough to see him fourth.
Daniel Genevey was fifth with a clean performance and Daniel Ryfa was clearly trying new lines in FP2, which didn't work out and saw him bottom of the later timesheet.
There is still everything for the pilots to play for in the Challenger Class and they will be preparing for tomorrow's Qualifying.
You can follow all the action from tomorrow's Challenger Class FP3 session and Qualifying right HERE.
Challenger Class Free Practice 1 results
Challenger Class Free Practice 2 results