Florian Bergér made his mark on the San Diego track in today's Free Practice sessions. The current Challenger Cup title holder was masterful in his flying when he topped the timesheets of both Free Practice sessions.
The German pilot managed to knock nearly three seconds off his time in the afternoon session, stopping the clock in 1:09.073. His Challenger Class rivals didn't even come close to catching Bergér. Kevin Coleman was closest in Free Practice, but was 3.439s slower than Bergér.
New Challenger Kenny Chiang was third fastest in only his second flight in the track during the afternoon session, crossing the finish line in 1:12.562, just 0.050s behind Coleman.
Baptiste Vignes and Daniel Genevey, the other two new Challengers finished fifth and sixth in Free Practice 2.
The first Free Practice session went as anyone would expect with the more experienced pilots coming out on top. Bergér set the fastest time crossing the Start/Finish Gate in 1:12.307. It was enough to see him top of the timesheet even though he picked up a two second penalty for incorrect level through the gate, just below him was local hero, Coleman who was just 0.882s slower.
Vignes was third on the timesheet, and actually set a faster time in the earlier session, a great achievement at his second race. Czepiela was fourth after a penalty-filled session that saw him finish with a best time of 1:14.580. He was also fourth in the later session, but managed to quell his penalty count.
The six pilots will be reviewing their times and lines ready for Qualifying tomorrow, you can follow all the action HERE.
Challenger Class Free Practice 1
Challenger Class Free Practice 2