Bergér sets the early pace in Challenger Cup

Florian Bergér is the man to beat in Indy

Murphy in the Indy track

It was business as usual for Florian Bergér in today's Free Practice at Indianapolis as he set the fastest times in both sessions.

In the first session Bergér flew round the new track design in just 1:15.109 – more than two seconds faster than any of his Challenger Cup rivals. Not satisfied with that lightning, time he went one better in FP2 by flying 0.036s faster with a time of 1:15.073. Nobody could even come close.

In the earlier session, American pilot Kevin Coleman was second, setting a time of 1:17.726, 2.617s slower than the German. The closest pilot to Bergér in the second session was Ben Murphy, who was more than three seconds behind. The German's dominance this season has been remarkable and shows no sign of abating.

Challenger Cup rival Daniel Ryfa, who is closest to catching Bergér in the standings, was third in the first session and more than three seconds behind. Ryfa, couldn't better his time in FP2 and had to settle for finishing third again on the timesheet.

Melanie Astles, who collected her highest ever finish here last year, flew clean in her runs, but was off the pace by more than six seconds in FP1 and more than four seconds in the later session.

Luke Czepiela, who is third in the championship, was unable to fly a clean run and finished sixth in both sessions. He is a cunning pilot though and will be working out his lines ready to make a change in tomorrow's sessions.

Bergér has been the strongest Challenger all year and looks set to become the first pilot two win back-to-back Challenger Cups, but there are five other pilots looking to beat him. You can follow all the Challenger Cup action, starting with FP3 tomorrow, right HERE.

Challenger Class Free Practice 1 results

Challenger Class Free Practice 2 results