Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod Looking Strong Despite Penalty in Abu Dhabi Qualifying
Friday, 13 February 2015 16:38


Canada’s Pete McLeod was having a great run in Qualifying at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi on Friday but got hit with a 2-second penalty -- for an incorrect gate passing -- near the end of his run that dropped him from third place to sixth.

McLeod will thus face Spain’s Juan Velarde, who finished ninth in Qualifying, in Saturday’s first knock out Round of 14 in the opening race of the 2015 season. McLeod, who won last year’s Qualifying here in Abu Dhabi and finished third in the 2014 race, has nevertheless recovered some of the speed in his flying after worrying earlier in the week that his engine was underperforming.

“Today there was actually some light at the end of the tunnel,” said McLeod, who had posted a strong time in training earlier on Friday after making some adjustments to his engine that seemed to improve its performance. “We made some little changes and tried some new lines. We made some progress there.”

McLeod said he was looking forward to flying against Velarde, a new Master pilot who finished unexpectedly well in his debut race while many of the top veterans – such as defending champion Nigel Lamb (14) and Hannes Arch (10) struggled on the track after the winds changed.

“With the brackets the way they are, flying against Juan in the first round is a pretty good draw,” said McLeod. “That middle bracket is a less aggressive path to the Final 4. It’s going to be entertaining. A few of the top guys will be racing against each other in the first round.”

McLeod said that he believes that his engine is getting faster in time for the race: “I think I’ve gotten over my frustration. I was pretty worked up the last four days and not being very happy with what I was able to get out of the airplane. I’ve got a new motor and hopefully it’s starting to break in. It’s motorsport and hard to fly well if you don’t have a good engine.”

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won pole position for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi by posting the fastest time in Qualifying on Friday on the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.

The UAE capital of Abu Dhabi will host the Red Bull Race World Championship season opener for an eighth time on Saturday when 14 of the world’s top pilots will be battling for points. The Qualifying results produced a number of surprising results.
McLeod Searching for More Engine Power Ahead of Abu Dhabi Race
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:29

ABU DHABI – Pete McLeod and his Garmin Racing team were searching for more engine power in training on Thursday ahead of Friday’s Qualifying for the 2015 Red Bull World Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi after the Canadian ace struggled in an unaccustomed position back in the middle of the pack. McLeod, who won Qualifying here a year ago, said he was frustrated with his engine’s performance after he only managed to post the seventh fastest time in the final training run on Thursday.

“We have a major concern about our engine – it’s just not putting out the power,” said McLeod, who took third in Abu Dhabi last year and got his first career victory in Las Vegas later in the season. “We’re hoping the engine maybe just isn’t broken in yet. It’s terrible. We just don’t seem to have the power. We’re looking at every angle. It all keeps pointing back to the engine.”

McLeod said his Garmin Racing team will continue working hard to get the standardized engine performing better while he said he will try to stay focused on what he can do well – flying through the high-speed, low-altitude track as cleanly as possible.

“I’m flying pretty well and am just going to try to concentrate on the strategy of flying well and the other things on the airplane that we can improve,” he said. “I hope we can find a solution. I like this track even though it’s not very difficult. It’s got a lot of room. The wind is blowing out there and there are some corners that let you play with the winds properly. Everything’s going well, except we’re not happy with the motor.”

The Red Bull Air Race, in which the world’s top 14 pilots navigate a low-level slalom track made up of 25-meter high air-filled pylons at speeds of up to 370 km/h, is the official World Championship of air racing recognized by the FAI - Federation Aeronautique Internationale. The eight-race 2015 world championship kicks off on Saturday.
Abu Dhabi 2015 Broadcast Schedule
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:13

Qualifying Day – Friday February 13, 2015

Eastern Standard Time: 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m.

* Note: Currently only available on

Race Day – Saturday February 14, 2015 

Eastern Standard Time: 5:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 4:00 - 7:30 a.m.

* Note: Red Bull TV  broadcast begins 2 hours later


A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on both qualifying and race day all season, starting with Round 1 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 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 Abu Dhabi, UAE 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 until March 2, 7:30 PST.

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

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Garmin® Announces Sponsorship of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship and Pete McLeod
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:44

Garmin International Inc., today announced a sponsorship of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, including serving as the official action camera sponsor and competing in the series as Garmin Racing. The sponsorship kicks-off February 13 at the championship’s inaugural event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where Garmin Racing pilot Pete McLeod will begin his run for the title.

This global initiative with Red Bull Air Race, the fastest motorsport series in the world, showcases the wide-range of markets Garmin serves as a leader in GPS technology, including aviation, fitness and outdoor pursuits, and particularly highlights the capabilities of the company’s VIRB® Elite action camera.

“The Red Bull Air Race Championship is the ultimate challenge for pilots around the world,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin’s vice president of communications. “We are thrilled to team up with the series to enhance event experiences for fans and pilots with climactic video and data captured on Garmin devices.” “I am very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Garmin as their energy, vision and cutting edge technology are a natural fit to my goal of becoming Red Bull Air Race World Champion,’ said Pete McLeod.

“I’ve used Garmin products for many years, yet it’s been exciting being introduced to the full range of their products and technology over the last days. Garmin never stops innovating and moving forward, much like the demands of a championship run. I’m honoured to become an ambassador for such a great brand and help introduce their products to the world”.

Garmin Racing’s Pete McLeod of Red Lake, Ontario grew up flying float planes and playing hockey. He obtained his pilot’s license at age 16, before his driver’s license, and started aerobatics that same year, flying competition aerobatics and air show freestyle as the youngest Canadian air show performer. After earning his aerobatics instructor rating at age 18, followed by an economics degree at the University of Western Ontario, he flew air shows and competitions full time – dedicated to qualify for the Red Bull Air Race. McLeod made history in 2009 by becoming the youngest pilot and first Canadian to compete in the elite Red Bull Air Race World Championship, in which he went on to place 5th overall in the series in both 2010 and 2014.

As the official action camera partner of the Air Race World Championship, VIRB Elites will be used to capture compelling race footage from the cockpit with data overlays including speed, altitude, g-force and GPS location. VIRB’s high-definition videos with unique inset data will provide a complete experience of what it’s like to fly the series’ racetracks, showing the pilots in the Master Class category navigating the advanced aerial challenges at top speed. Consisting of eight races across the globe, including two in the United States, pilots attempt to complete each track in the fastest possible time with as few penalties as possible. Points are awarded at each race and the title is awarded to the pilot that secures the most total points after the last race of the season.

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow Garmin at,, or

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