Sensational scenes in Kazan as Sonka takes dramatic victory
Sonka had been struggling to find his perfect line this week, but it all came together in the Round of 14 and he didn't look back from there on. He was the last pilot to fly and knew he had to beat Michael Goulian's time of 52.238s if he was going to be on the top spot of the podium.
At the first split time Sonka was behind Goulian, but he aced his VTM and started clawing back time on the American pilot. He was 0.375s ahead at the halfway point, but he started to drop time again. He was able to hold on and crossed the Finish Gate 0.115s ahead of Goulian and moved the #99 pilot into second place.
Kirby Chambliss was first to fly in the Final 4 and set the early pace. His time of 52.304s was the one Goulian had to beat, which he did. In his own flight it looked as if Goulian was going to lose out to Chambliss. His split time went from green to red, but as he finished his run he was 0.115s ahead.
Next into the track was Juan Velarde, and although he flew cleanly and quickly, he was unable to beat Chambliss' time and handed the American the final place on the podium.
Michael Goulian now sits on top of the standings with 55 points, while both Martin Sonka and Matt Hall are joint second on 49 points.
The pilots will now be focused on race six at the new location of Wiener Neustadt, taking place on 15-16 September. Get your tickets HERE.