Indianapolis 2016: Master Class Qualifying reactions

The pilots discuss their last flight before Race Day

Muroya broke the track record

The gauntlet has been thrown and the lines in the sand drawn. It's Race Day tomorrow, but how do the pilots feel Qualifying went?

Matthias Dolderer
"I'm already trying to forget what happened in the first run of Qualifying. But I knew where I went wrong, so I was able to fix it for the second run. I flew cleanly and that's what I needed to do. If I can squeeze it all together tomorrow I will come out on top."

Matt Hall
"The rain can disrupt you but you have to focus on your flying. In the second run I was pleased I got a fast, clean run but I was disappointed when I heard I was second. But we've got some plans up our sleeves for tomorrow, and you'll see them then."

Kirby Chambliss
"I'm super excited about being here in Indianapolis – it's all about racing here. There's kind of a double-edged sword in your home country, because you have more friends around, more media attention, but in the raceplane you just have to block all that out. As far as how my day went, today is Qualifying and tomorrow is Race Day, so tomorrow is what matters."

Nicolas Ivanoff
"I'm feeling not so happy about the result today and a bit unlucky. The time was not so bad, but the two-second penalty took me down to eleventh place. Going against Matthias in the Round of 14 will be quite challenging."

Martin Sonka
"I was pleased apart from the penalty. I watched the video back and it looked fine to me and my team, so I don't know how I can fly it differently. I will have to do the same thing tomorrow and see what happens."

Nigel Lamb
"I liked the track from the moment I first flew in it. It's really interesting how you wind up and get faster as you go round. You can't switch off for a second; if you don't keep focused for the entire lap you'll bleed time."

Yoshihide Muroya
"We all have to be good pilots to be here. The track looks simple but actually it's up and down. It's easier here for my technician and engineer because they're from the United States, so they are very happy."

Pete McLeod
"We're posting good, fast net times. In the first run I would've only been a couple of hundredths of a second off Yoshi's time. In the second run there was a little bit of rain when I was flying which cost me time. We're up against Kirby tomorrow, which will be good, so we'll see what happens."

Michael Goulian
"We were really struggling yesterday, but we worked on it last night, had a plan and we executed it perfectly today. I tried to not make a mistake in the second run today and I let off a little, the trouble is when you do that you can go too far and not post a competitive time."

Juan Velarde
"We found a lot of time and I was 1.5s faster in Qualifying. I made a small mistake at the vertical turning manoeuvre in my first run, but the time was still OK. My lines were similar in the second run but I stalled in one turn and lost a lot of time. Overall the picture is good for tomorrow."

Peter Podlunsek
"I'm not satisfied, we are flying against invisible lines and that's hard to do in the track. For us it's really hard. For tomorrow I would like to fly clean and fast, but it's difficult to do a perfect flight."

Petr Kopfstein
"It's not my favourite track, it's not working as we would've liked. The raceplane is running well and we're confident going into tomorrow, but it's not a track that suits my flying style."

Cristian Bolton
"It's great fun out in the track and I'm really happy with how I flew today. Our net times are good and we've been consistent. The track is fast and technical and I'm having a great time. I'm pleased with how the team has come together and really excited to be flying in my first Master Class race tomorrow at such a fantastic location."