Matt Hall was right when he said that the other pilots "need to worry about me!" as he took a jaw-dropping win in Chiba and claimed his spot on top of the leaderboard. Not to be outdone is Michael Goulian in second, with both pilots tied on 36 points each.
Goulian was first to enter the track in the Final 4 and flew beautifully smoothly, setting a time of 56.695s and it looked like it was going to be a tough time to beat.
Martin Sonka was second and looked like he was going to take the lead away from Goulian, but a two second penalty at Gate 7 for an incorrect level saw his chances of the win disappear. His time was good enough for the final step on the podium in third.
Pete McLeod was third into the track, and like Sonka, looked like he was going to steal the lead from Goulian, but he befell the same fate as Sonka and collected a penalty at the same gate.
Matt Hall was last to fly in the track and knew what needed to be done if he was going to snatch the win from Goulian. He flew accurately without missing a beat and crossed the Finish Gate in 56.376s, just 0.319s faster than Goulian, taking the win in fine style.
After three races Hall finds himself top of the World Championship standings with 36 points, the same as Goulian. Yoshihide Muroya and Martin Sonka find themselves in joint third on 19 points, making it all to play for at race four in Budapest.
Chiba 2018 Final 4 results
Chiba Final Standings
World Championship standings