The Japanese are still in the lead, by an increasing distance of 40km.
The UK team of David Hempleman-Adams and Simon Carey are still in last place. The leaders have stuck around 9000 feet high and gone around 30kt (55kph). The teams at the back are at around 5000 feet and going 20kts. The balloons have all climbed due to the warming of the sun. Clearly strategies are coming in to play. Speed is not always your friend in the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett!
The teams are not swinging to the east as much as was predicted. We will have to see how this goes. As they head out over the Bay of Biscay, there is always the Spanish mainland on which they can make a landing.
There are strict regulations about flying over Italy in the dark - do it and a team will be disqualified. Teams hoping to fly over Italy must arrive in the daytime and leave before it gets dark.
Thanks to the folk who pointed out that today was Sunday. That's what having no sleep does to you!