Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod Absent from Podium in Ascot
Monday, 18 August 2014 22:34


Round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race was staged in the historic Royal Ascot Racecourse, located in Ascot, United Kingdom. With a history of horse racing dating back over 300 years, this legendary venue had a few tricks up its sleeve to challenge the worlds best race pilots.

Ascot also welcomed the first static start to the Red Bull Air Race. When pilots received a green light, they launched down the runway, blazing past a sell-out crowd of 29,000 spectators and directly towards the first gate. For the Ascot race Pete changed his turnaround technique, which helped him place second in the final training round, and set the track record when he placed first in the qualifying round.

Sunday’s racing welcomed a traditional British experience, as a cold front pushed through overnight. Although early morning rain showers cleared in time for racing, Pilots would be put to the test with wind gusts reportedly over 50 km/h in the skies above the stadium.

In the end it was a bitter day for Pete McLeod. The Canadian saw valuable championship points melt away when he was knocked out of the Top 12 round against Peter Besenyei, after hitting a pylon on the windy course.

When questioned about his race, McLeod stated, "It was the wind that got me with the pylon hit for sure. My net time was fairly slow also but it seems like the wind picked up quite a bit for the last guys. I managed it well up until that point but it surprised me on that corner.”

“I expect myself to be in the Final 4 every race; it's a good target for me. I know I can be there and I know the airplane's fast enough to be there. I took myself out of the game [in Ascot] – as with the last couple – so it's disappointing for sure." Stated a dejected McLeod, when questioned following his 11th place finish overall in Ascot.

With the series starting a return to North America for races in both Dallas and Las Vegas, McLeod welcomes his home soil advantage and looks to build some consistency into a program that has faltered in the last several rounds.

McLeod currently rests 5th in the championship points standings, but has dropped back from Australia’s Matt Hall in 4th, and French pilot Nicolas Ivanoff just three points behind in 6th.

Be sure to follow Pete on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. 

Photo credit: Samo Vidic / Red Bull Content Pool

Formula One's Adrian Newey Visits McLeod in Ascot
Sunday, 17 August 2014 16:24


Formula One's best-known engineer Adrian Newey paid a visit to the Red Bull Air Race Airport on Sunday ahead of the race in Ascot and spent time talking to some of the pilots about their airplanes and the intracacies of the world’s fastest motorsport series. The chief technical officer of Red Bull’s Formula One team and the mastermind behind their cars that won the last four straight world championships, Newey was clearly eager to learn more about the Red Bull Air Race and the sport’s technical developments.

“He was really interested in learning about the challenges we deal with technically and with the sport’s developments,” said Canada’s Pete McLeod, who spent nearly a half an hour showing Newey his plane and answering a steady stream of questions. “He was very interested in the rules and constraints we face.”

McLeod, who was the fastest in Qualifying on Saturday, said he enjoyed the in-depth conversation with Newey, who oversaw the design of the Red Bull F1 cars that won the last four titles and enjoyed title-winning success as an engineer for McLaren and Williams before joining Red Bull in 2006. Newey might have stayed longer but the Ascot race was about to start.

“He was a very cool guy to meet and we had a really good conversation. Like most things in aviation, it seems that aircraft are years and years behind the developoments in car racing. There are nevertheless interesting similiaries.”

McLeod said that Newey was also especially curious about how the strong, gusty winds in Ascot on Sunday would affect the Red Bull Air Race.

“I was talking to him about the wind here today and how it would affect things and he said it was the same with F1 cars and that the winds can affect them a lot,” said McLeod.

“I think it’s great that he came out to see the race today,” said McLeod. “It’s a great testament to where we are now as a sport.” 

Credit: Red Bull Air Race Newsroom.

McLeod Back On Top at the Close of Qualifying
Saturday, 16 August 2014 19:02

ASCOT, England – Canada’s Pete McLeod put in a brilliant performance on Saturday to win Qualifying for the Red Bull Air Race on Sunday at the Ascot Racecourse, upsetting championship leader Hannes Arch of Austria as well as British pilots Nigel Lamb and Paul Bonhomme in front of an appreciative crowd of 22,000.

McLeod mastered the challenging course set up above the historic horse race track west of London on a bright but blustery day and posted a winning time of 1:10.698. France’s Nicolas Ivanoff was second on 1:11.585 while Lamb took third in 1:11.842. Arch, who has won two of the first four races this season, was in fifth while the woes of reigning world champion Bonhomme continued as he finished a distant and disappointing seventh.

"I had a great time and I'm really happy with my position. I think my first run set me up nicely for my second Qualifying run. I just took some more risks on the second run, turned in a little earlier on the gates. I wanted to fly penalty free and even though I risked a bit more in the second run it worked" said McLeod.

The 12 pilots in the world’s fastest motorsport series delighted the big Qualifying Day crowd, fashionably dressed as they watched from the grandstands and grass terraces, as they roared past from the first standing start in the sport’s history. The cheers were loudest for Britain’s Bonhomme, who is second in the championship behind Arch, and Lamb, who is third overall. Both put in solid runs on the undulating course filled with trees, shrubbery, ponds and other obstacles.

Ascot Broadcast Schedule
Saturday, 16 August 2014 11:35

Race Day – Sunday August 17, 2014

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm DST  (Local Ascot, UK Time)

Eastern Daylight Time: 11:00 - 12:30 a.m.

Central Daylight Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day from Round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Ascot, United Kingdom. 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 Ascot, UK 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.  

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

Be sure to follow Pete on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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