Pete McLeod Racing 

Ascot, Great Britain 2015 Broadcast Schedule
Friday, 14 August 2015 18:42

Qualifying Day – Saturday August 15, 2015

Eastern Standard Time: 11:00 - 12:15 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

* Note: Currently only available on

Race Day – Sunday August 16, 2015 

Eastern Standard Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.


A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on both qualifying and race day from Round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Ascot, Great Britain. 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 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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McLeod Has Score To Settle As Red Bull Air Race Moves To Ascot
Thursday, 13 August 2015 18:27

ASCOT, United Kingdom - Canada's Pete McLeod will looking to pick up where he left off at last month's race in Budapest, where he finished fourth, and avenge last year's bitter disappointment at the Ascot Racecourse this weekend in the United Kingdom -- where he won Qualifying a year ago but ended up 11th in the race after unfortunately hitting a pylon in the opening round. Team Garmin's McLeod will be attempting to coax as much power as possible out of his engine from the only standing start race of the season in which the pilots taking off, like horses bolting from the starting gate, in front of the grandstands of the world famous grass racing track.

"I think the static start could be a good indication of whose engine is making the most power," said McLeod, who still could figure in the 2015 championship battle of the world's fastest motorsport series going into the second half of the eight-race season as he stands in fifth place overall with 15 points. There are 12 points up for grabs for the winner of the race.

McLeod said he enjoys the special challenges of the Ascot race track beyond the enormous pressure on the pilots to get off to a flying start from a static position on the race track -- such as the trees and other obstacles set up on the course in front of the grandstands where 29,000 spectators are again expected to watch the world's top pilots racing at speeds of 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 10g.

"The track is quite nice and it's fun flying amongst the trees," said McLeod, who is looking for a second career victory after winning Las Vegas last year. "The venue is spectacular, especially with so many fans. Let's hope the weather cooperates," he added, referring to the typically changing English weather that could feature rain, wind and sunshine all in the space of a few moments. "My strategy is to pick up where I left off in Budapest. I'll stick with the plan of flying fast, clean and developing our data analysis capabilities."

McLeod had set the track on fire last year in Qualifying and went into the race as the odds-on favourite but ended up 11th after clipping a pylon in the opening round.

"I hit a pylon, it happens," he said with a shrug. "I'm sure it won’t be the last pylon I hit here in Ascot but I'll definitely be looking to fly penalty-free when it counts. My plane isn't fast enough to be too conservative so I've got to take certain risks to have any chance - that's racing."

The 2015 season is shaping up to be the closest championship battle in the sport's history, where with a dozen of the 14 pilots capable of winning any head-to-head battle. When discussing what it will take to get the better of his competition McLeod stated, "It's true with the teams being very close in lap times this year anything can happen. For me, though, I think I have a chance to be on the podium only if I fly perfectly and we can get everything right with the aircraft. Watch for the start speed to give info on that. It's a result of power. I'll be watching that closely as I've been suspicious about my motor all season."

A live video stream will be available on both qualifying and race day from Round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship race in Ascot, United Kingdom on Rogers SportsNet and TVA will air the Ascot, UK race on tape-delay. Please check local listings for details.
McLeod Moves Up in Red Bull Air Race Standings with 4th in Budapest
Sunday, 05 July 2015 18:32


BUDAPEST, Hungary – Team Garmin’s Pete McLeod moved up two notches to fifth place overall in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship standings with a solid fourth place finish in Budapest on Sunday, but the Canadian ace was disappointed at the same time about just missing out on his second podium of the season on the most famous race track in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

McLeod climbed from seventh to fifth place overall with 15 championship points from seventh place at the midway point of the eight-race season after making it through the Round of 14 and Round of 8 with some brilliant flying at speeds of up to 370 km/h on the high-speed, low-altitude race track set up just meters above the Danube River in the heart of Budapest.

The Canadian, who got five points for fourth place, was getting better each time out in the track despite scorching temperatures above 33 degrees and was hoping to snatch his second career victory, after winning in Las Vegas last year. But his time (1:01.113) was bafflingly slow in the Final Four, about two seconds slower than what he thought he could have flown and just behind Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic (1:00.658), who took third.

“Overall it was a good race and we made some good progress going on the track and off it as well,” he said, referring to gradually improving engine performance that has plagued him this season. “I’m a bit dumbfounded right now as to where I lost the time in the final. We’re going to look at the data and the lines I was flying to try to figure it out.”

McLeod added: “We know that on this track because it’s so fast that it could be something as little as a really small mistake that can set you back. I was about 2 seconds off the pace of what I could have flown. I’m just not sure where that was from. Maybe it was an accumulation of some small mistakes. Maybe the engine setting on my part. We’ll have to see. I was pretty surprised with my time in the track and not in a good way.”

Austria’s Hannes Arch won the race in the heart of Budapest, overcoming a ferocious challenge from championship leader Paul Bonhomme to pull off a stylish victory. With his second straight victory, Arch moved into second place overall.

Bonhomme, who still has the overall lead with 34 points, was a close second, just 0.207 of a second behind Arch's winning time of 59.350 seconds on the breathtaking track set up on the Danube River in front of the Hungarian parliament building. The world’s 14 best pilots were flying at speeds of up to 370 km/h just meters above the surface of Danube River in front of thousands of spectators. It was the sixth time the Red Bull Air Race was staged in Budapest, one of the most spectacular locations where the pilots enter the track by flying beneath the city’s iconic Chain Bridge.

Arch, who struggled in the pre-race timed training sessions and was only third in Qualifying on Saturday, was unstoppable through the first two elimination rounds, comfortably advancing through the Round of 14 and the Round of 8. But he was pushed to the limits in the riveting Final Four by Bonhomme, Sonka and McLeod. Even as temperatures soared, Arch calmly held on to deliver his best performance of the week.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to its next stop in Ascot (UK) on August 15-16, where McLeod will be looking to keep his momentum rolling and look forward to his second podium of 2015.
McLeod on Ascending Form Going into Budapest Red Bull Air Race
Saturday, 04 July 2015 18:49


BUDAPEST, Hungary – Canada's Pete McLeod continued to show ascending form at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, grabbing a solid fourth place in Qualifying on Saturday after struggling in several of the pre-race training sessions in the sweltering heat in Budapest. McLeod, who was just a fraction of a second behind Qualifying winner Matt Hall (AUS), will also have a clear shot to advance from the Round of 14 to the Round of 8 thanks to another lucky draw -- he will race in Sunday's opening round against rookie Francois Le Vot of France.

Hall took top honours and will be the man to beat in Sunday's race, the fourth of eight stops in the world's fastest motorsport series. The high-speed, low-altitude race track set up in the heart of Budapest over the Danube River is one of the most spectacular.

McLeod could do no better than 11th in the 14-pilot field in the timed training session earlier on Saturday after taking seventh on Friday afternoon. McLeod did manage to get as high as third in the first training session on Thursday but was pleased to come up with the goods in the pressure-packed Qualifying.

"We've got our aircraft to run pretty cool and it was the best run of the week for me," said McLeod. "It's good to do it when it counts -- but everyone is so close in the timings. I want a penalty-free run tomorrow."

Winning Qualifying for the first time in his career, Hall proved to be a master of the heat on therack set up in the heart of the Hungarian capital with its one-of-a-kind start beneath the iconic Chain Bridge and stopped the clock in 58.323 seconds. McLeod's time was 59.480.

Yoshihide Muroya of Japan took second in the action where pilots hit speeds of up to 370 km/h while Hannes Arch of Austria, who won the last race in Rovinj, bounced back from dismal training results to take third.

Accustomed to flying in the heat at home in Australia, Hall seemed to thrive on the high temperatures in Hungary that soared above 35 degrees as tens of thousands of spectators filled the streets of Budapest while withstanding the unusual heat wave to watch the Qualifying action. The Australian also won posted the fastest time in all three training sessions before Qualifying and will be looking for a first career win on Sunday.

“It’s special,” said Hall when asked how it felt to get his first Qualifying win. “It’s been a good week so far, and one more day to go. Hopefully we can keep doing what we’ve been doing. The airplane is starting to fit like a glove. We put the new winglets on at the start of the year and I’m really starting to ring it out in the turns. I’m really flying tight turns out there and there’s where I think I’m saving so much time.”

Hungary's Peter Besenyei, the 2003 champion, took 10th place in Qualifying as thousands of fans cheered him in his new Edge 540 V3 airplane from the banks of the majestic Danube River.

What makes the race in Budapest especially exciting for spectators is that the planes are flying just above the waters in the Danube river bed and crowds can see the planes flying by at high speeds below or at the same level. Unlike in past seasons when there were only two or three pilots challenging for race victories and the championship, the entire field this year is wide open with 10 of the 14 pilots flying fast enough at times to win the race.

In the Red Bull Air Race, which is the official world championship of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world's top pilots hit speeds of 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate as precisely as possible through a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter high air-filled pylons.

Qualifying Results: 1. Matt Hall (AUS) 58.323, 2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 59.011, 3. Hannes Arch (AUT) 59.328, 4. Pete McLeod (CAN) 59.480, 5. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 59.496, 6. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 59.553, 7. Martin Sonka (CZE) 59.756, 8. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 59.812, 9. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 1:00.151, 10. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 1:00.862, 11. Francois Le Vot (FRA) 1:02.364, 12. Juan Velarde (Spain) 1:03.839, 13. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 1:03.974, 14. Michael Goulian (USA) 1:04.403

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