Florian Bergér flew a perfect run in Qualifying to prove to his Challenger Cup rivals why he's the current champion and that his goal is to retain his title.Bergér flew a time of 59.682s – he is still the only Challenger Class pilot to fly under a minute in the Abu Dhabi track this year.
Just behind Bergér was Daniel Ryfa, who won here in 2016. The Swedish pilot was 0.880s behind in second place and although happy with his time, he will know that he needs to be that little bit quicker to beat Bergér tomorrow. Just 0.003s behind Ryfa was Ben Murphy in third, who has said that the competition is so close anyone could win tomorrow.
Fourth place on the Qualifying timesheet went to Melanie Astles who posted her fastest time of the week so far. She crossed the Finish Gate in 1:00.742. In fifth behind Astles, was Kevin Coleman who has been struggling to find the speed he wants in the track.
New Challenger Baptiste Vignes was sixth, just over three seconds behind the leader, but he flew cleanly which will boost his confidence for his first race tomorrow.
Luke Czepiela found himself down in seventh due to a pylon hit and two penalties for flying through a gate at an incorrect level. The Polish pilot knows why he made those mistakes and hopes to eliminate them for tomorrow's race.
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Challenger Class Qualifying results