Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod Battles Hard In Texas Red Bull Air Race
Monday, 28 September 2015 00:08

FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) – Canada's Pete McLeod pushed Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Paul Bonhomme to the limits in their Round of Eight showdown in Texas on Sunday but the Team Garmin ace got knocked out by a penalty while pushing for the win.

McLeod’s day started strong, qualifying 3rd leading into race day, and charging past American Michael Goulian in the opening Round of 14 on a scorching hot Texas afternoon. McLeod was full of confidence heading into the high-speed, low-altitude battle against Bonhomme -- even though the two-time world champion is the points leader this season and had three victories in the first six races. McLeod started off on a record setting first lap, but got hit with the penalty through the pull up gate on the 2nd lap for exceeding the 10g limit – for just a fraction of a second more than 0.6 of a second that is permitted by the rules.

"I was flying the track well and I was feeling good out there," said McLeod, who had high hopes going into the race after a superb qualifying round on Saturday. McLeod was third in Qualifying, just 0.037 seconds behind Germany's Matthias Dolderer on pole position.

"I was definitely going for the win, not just to put a time down," said McLeod of his hard-charging attempt to knock Bonhomme out of the race. "Unfortunately I was a couple of a hundredths of a second too long on the over-G. I don't look at this as a mistake – I would rather go out pushing hard and trying my best. It is what it is."

Team Garmin's Pete McLeod received a disqualification for exceeding the 10g limit on a tight turn midway through his Round of Eight battle against Britain's Paul Bonhomme that ruined the Canadian's race. But McLeod remains in the hunt for third place overall in the world championship standings going into the season finale in Las Vegas on October 18 -- the spot where he got the first and only win of his career a year ago.

Bonhomme went on to win the race, his fourth victory this season, in the Final Four, beating Australia's Matt Hall into second and Japan's Yoshihide Muroya into third.

McLeod, whose best result this season was third in the season opener in Abu Dhabi, is in sixth place overall with 19 points from seven races but could still move up as high as third overall with a victory in Las Vegas next month. The battle for third place also heated up on Sunday with Martin Sonka, who got fourth place in Fort Worth, moved to 28 points and within two points of Hannes Arch of Austria (30). Nigel Lamb of Britain (20),McLeod (19) and Dolderer of Germany (19) are all also in the chase for third place.

McLeod Grabs Top 3 Spot in Texas Qualifying
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:37

FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) - Pete McLeod put in a strong performance when it counted most on Saturday and grabbed third place in Qualifying on Saturday ahead of Sunday's Red Bull Air Race at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Team Garmin pilot from Canada was especially pleased when he set his personal best time in Qualifying on the race track set up on the tarmac of the famous NASCAR race track in Texas as he was only a fraction of a second off the pace set by Germany's Matthias Dolderer on a blistering hot day with temperatures rising above 30 degrees.

"I had smoking fast times time and set a track record for myself in Qualifying," said McLeod. "I'm stoked to qualify third with my personal best time on this track. I was only 0.037 seconds behind Dolderer."

Dolderer, getting his first Qualifying victory, stopped the clock in a time of 55.584 seconds while Team Falken's Yoshihide Muroya of Japan was in second place with a time of 55.610 seconds in Qualifying for the seventh race of the eight-race season. One notable fact is that the "Class of 2009" claimed the Top 4 positions in Saturday qualifying, showing a full coming of age for the pilots. Pilots Matthias Dolderer, Yoshihide Muroya, and Matt Hall all joined McLeod as rookies in the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series. 

McLeod also saw success here in 2014 with a Qualifying win, and a 3rd place podium finish to round out the race weekend. If the Garmin pilot can stick to his tactics and can complete his runs through gates 7-8 cleanly, perhaps we will see him clinch the top step of the Texas Podium.  

Bonhomme could clinch the 2016 world championship on Sunday if he wins (12 points) and Hall were to finish fourth (5 points) or worse in the field with 14 of the world's best pilots. Bonhomme -- who has won three races so far this year in Abu Dhabi, Chiba, Japan and Ascot, England -- could also clinch the title if he takes second place (worth 9 points) and Hall finishes seventh or lower. But if Hall makes it on the podium the championship battle will go down to the final race of the season in Las Vegas on October 18.

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Dallas / Fort Worth USA 2015 Broadcast Schedule
Friday, 25 September 2015 04:57

Qualifying Day – Saturday September 26, 2015

Eastern Standard Time: 15:00 - 16:30 p.m.

Central Standard Time: 16:00 - 17:30 p.m.

* Note: Currently only available on

Race Day – Sunday September 27, 2015 

Eastern Standard Time: 12:00 - 13:30 p.m.

Central Standard Time: 13:00 - 16:30 p.m.


A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on both qualifying and race day from Round 7 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Dallas / Fort Worth, U.S.A. Click the ‘watch live stream’ button on right side of page below the countdown clock, and a new window will open. Rogers SportsNet and TVA will air the Dallas / Fort Worth race on tape-delay - timing to be confirmed. 

You can also watch the event on Red Bull TV via, thorugh its iOS and Android applications, and in select markets on Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Smart TV devices.  Please note that streaming availability of the event in the US region will be delayed.

Qualification and race results along with a full race recap will be posted on following the race.

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Tight New Fort Worth Track Could Help Canada's Pete McLeod
Thursday, 24 September 2015 23:57

FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) - Team Garmin's Pete McLeod is in fifth place overall after six races in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship so far this season but could climb a notch or two down the home stretch with two races that should be to his liking remaining in the world's fastest motorsport series. The Canada ace is confident of his chances at the race held at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend following a solid fifth place finish at the last race in Spielberg, Austria.

"I'm hoping the small tracks in the United States will be a help to me in closing the speed gap," said McLeod, who has battled to try to get more horsepower out of his engine this season and been frustrated over a baffling loss of speed in the faster segments of the track that should be tailored made for his aggressive style of flying. "I was happy with my flying in Spielberg so I hope to carry that into the last two races of the season."

McLeod said the track in Fort Worth has been redesigned from last year's track, meaning the pilots will be studying their lines closely in training and Qualifying. The last two races, in Ascot and Spielberg, were on tracks that were identical to the set-ups a year ago in 2014. Temperatures could be a factor, rising to above 91 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend in Texas.

"It's a new track from last year so we'll see," he said. "The venue is has a great motorsport feel, but the heat and wind could be big factors. The wind is a different animal in the Speedways compared to other tracks."

McLeod has 18 points in fifth place overall but is only 12 points away from third place, currently held by Austria's Hannes Arch. McLeod is only five points behind Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic in fourth place overall. The winner of Sunday's races gets 12 points with 9 points going to second place and 7 for third.

"The championship is out of reach for me this year," said McLeod, who is 31 and whose goal is to become the youngest world champion in the sport's history. "While it's nice to think about what place I might finish the season, ultimately I'm more interested in speed and individual race performance at this point."

In other words, McLeod is hungry for a win in Texas to match his first career win a year ago in Las Vegas on the Motor Speedway there.

"Final Four appearances would be great," McLeod said when asked what his goal was for the remaining two stops. "Podiums would be even better. The primary goal is to end the season on a strong note and make progress toward 2016."

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