In an all North American podium Kirby Chambliss put in an epic performance to claim his second win of the season and go top of the standings with three races remaining in 2017.
Chambliss flew first in the Final 4 and set the second fastest time of the day with a 58.378s. It was a perfect lap and set the mark for the others to beat. After Chambliss was the second American, Michael Goulian, who also flew cleanly. He was 1.272s slower than Chambliss. But flying clean is so important and his time was good enough for him to finish third. Meaning he picked up his first podium since his win in Budapest eight years ago.
Petr Kopfstein, who was second in Chiba, took to the track and was looking great. On his second lap he was trying to get his first win, but took too much of a risk and clipped a pylon at Gate 10 and Gate 11, which saw him last.
Pete McLeod was last to fly and was smooth and exceptionally quick. He picked up a penalty early on, but this track suits his style and was able to claw back a lot of time. McLeod was 0.747s behind Chambliss, but it was enough for him to finish second.
The result now sees Kirby Chambliss sitting on the top of the World Championship standings for the first time since he won the title in 2006. But he's not in the lead by much. Two points separate him, Yoshihide Muroya, Martin Sonka and Pete McLeod.
Kazan 2017 Master Class Final 4 results
Kazan 2017 Master Class Final result
World Championship standings