Qualifying Results – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Brageot showed great promise through his practice sessions and continued to do so today in Qualifying, while his overall placing did not reflect the quality of his performance. The youngest pilot in the field finished 11th with his slowest penalty free time of the week set in higher than usual winds, while Sonka took victory.

Due to the standing start each Master Class pilot flew one run, landed and then flew again after everyone else had flown. Mika, who has been concentrating on improving his vertical turn manoeuvres did just that and recorded the fastest of the day, as well as improving his lines dramatically in the first lap. A few small errors and an ‘un level in the gate’ penalty sent him down the ranks in Qualifying today, but he and the team are confident that race day will tell a different story.

It was Sonka who came out on top, setting an unbeatable time in his first run. His time of 1:04.751 was the fastest, and close to half a second faster than his closest rival Juan Velarde, followed by Matt Hall who pulled himself back to the top half after a stream of uncharacteristic practice sessions at the motor speedway.

The surprise in the pack was Nicolas Ivanoff who finished fourth in Qualifying. The experienced Frenchman has been improving at every race and saved his best for today, making it a France vs France Round of 14 head to head –  [Brageot vs Ivanoff]

Current World Champion Yoshihide Muroya was fifth, with 2016 title holder Matthias Dolderer just one place below him. Pete McLeod, who was blistering in the earlier FP3 session, could not repeat his performance and finished seventh.

Home race hero Michael Goulian, who was quickest in both sessions yesterday, could only muster an eighth place finish, 1.754s behind Sonka. The other American pilot, Kirby Chambliss, had a torrid time, receiving a DQ in his first run for an over RPM infringement and due to that played it safe in his second run – he’ll be going up against Sonka in the Round of 14 tomorrow.

The Master Class Round of 14 begins at 13:00 local time tomorrow. You can watch all the action HERE.

Indianapolis 2018 Master Class Qualifying result

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply