Pete McLeod Racing 

Red Bull Air Race 2014: Worth the Wait
Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:50

After a three-year hiatus, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship came roaring back in 2014 winning two prestigious awards in its Host Countries Croatia and Poland.

As 12 of the world’s best pilots reunited in February for the season opener in Abu Dhabi, new rules and mandatory standardization of engines and propellers leveled the playing field. This year, the competition would be tighter than ever and would make small pilot errors even more costly for the championship. It was exciting racing right through to the season final in Spielberg, Austria.

Throughout the season, fans at all eight locations welcomed the race back with venues like England’s Ascot Racecourse and the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria completely sold out, and at the race in Gdynia, officials closed access to the beach viewing upon reaching the mandated civic limit of 130,000. The result this year was a winning season all round. The Croatian Ministry of Tourism awarded the year’s “Best Tourist Event” to the Red Bull Air Race Rovinj in a nationally broadcast ceremony attended by the country’s Prime Minister and national celebrities.

“This event is of exceptional importance not only for Istria but also for the whole of Croatia,” said Darko Lorencin, Croatia’s Tourism Minister at the award ceremony. “This is one of the best examples how to create motives for attracting tourists to come in Croatia."

Red Bull Air Race Gdynia won Northern Poland’s “The Wings of the TriCity” award by online vote of 93,000 readers of, the most popular and influential website of the region including Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk. The country’s first-ever Red Bull Air Race not only topped the votes in its own award category, but it earned the most votes among all six categories of competition, including both free and ticketed events ranging from food festivals and sporting contests to technology and urban renewal showcases.

The Red Bull Air Race attracted over 2,000 media from 40 countries and notable race attendees this year included cinema star José Garcia, Formula One engineer Adrian Newey OBE, former F1 driver Dr. Helmut Marko, motorcycle legend Robbie Maddison, America’s Cup-winning skipper James Spithill and American aviation hero Joe Kittinger, among many others.

“This is such a wonderful competition,” Joe Kittinger added. “For the fans, the racing is so close that they feel like it’s right in their backyard.”

Spectators around the world could watch the action at the eight venues in addition to live webcasts and TV broadcasts carried around the world by outlets such as FOX in the USA and Australia; BSKYB in the UK, ADTV in the UAE, JSports in Japan, n-tv and ORF and ServusTV in Germany/Austria.

In 2015, the action in the track and off should not be missed. For all the latest news visit

Credit: Red Bull Air Race Newsroom
McLeod Proved a Serious Threat in 2014 Red Bull Air Races
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:36

Canada's Pete McLeod ended the 2014 season as the most talked about pilot on this year's circuit. For he youngest flyer in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Pete's season was his best to date.

Pete won more qualifying sessions than any other pilot (4), which was equivalent to winning the pole position in auto racing. He also won the Top Twelve and Super Eight sessions three times and reached the Final Four in four races. McLeod was running faster than ever. "I am extremely happy with the season, we were on the podium three times and we were always in the running."

Few people had expected McLeod to do as well as he did. The young bush pilot from Red Lake, Ontario proved to be a threat all season, consistently laying down fast track times while setting track records in a number of locations.

New rules this season, that reduced the G limit on pilots by more than 20 per cent, hampered Pete's success in a number of races. "I had the fastest times in a number of runs, but got DQ'ed because of the G limit that went from 12 to 10G". McLeod, a popular and experienced Airshow and Aerobatic competition pilot has always been known for his aggressive high G style. "I love hanging it out on the edge, pushing to the razors limit and sometimes I pushed too hard. But, in my opinion MaxPower is what it takes to win and it's how I like to fly." Pete heads home to Canada to prepare for next season. "I have some ideas that will make us even faster for 2015, combine that with more experience, and I know we have a team that can win the championship."

For past Air Race World Champion Hannes Arch, Pete's season did not go unnoticed "I don't want to lose in the future against a smart guy like Pete….that keeps pushing me", said Arch.

"That's perfect," a smiling Pete McLeod says, "because my plan, is to keep pushing, Hannes, the other racers, my plane, my body, and my team…. there is more in the tank, even if it feels like we are at MaxPower I know there is more there…."
Engine Troubles Hold McLeod Back In Speilberg
Sunday, 26 October 2014 21:00


The final race of the 2014 Red Bull Air Races season was a mix of highs and lows for Pete McLeod. Coming off his first win in Las Vegas, Pete was hoping for big showing in Spielberg, Austria. "Training went extremely well", said McLeod, "we took some penalties but our times were super fast we had a great chance to win". But, on race day those fast times vanished. Pete made it into the Super Eight by edging out Matthias Dolderer after the German was penalized 2 seconds.

In the Super Eight Pete's times continued to slip leaving him on the sidelines heading into the Final Four with an eight place finish. Following the race, PMR technicians compression tested the engine and discovered a low compression indication in cylinder six, resulting in reduced horsepower. "It's not the way I wanted to end my season, but that is racing. We had a great year with few mechanical problems, and today the odds caught up with us".

The final race of the season was won by Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff. Great Britian’s Nigel Lamb secured the championship with a second place finish, and Czech pilot Martin Sonka rounded out the podium in third.

Spielberg Broadcast Schedule
Saturday, 25 October 2014 21:53

Race Day – Sunday October 26, 2014

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm CET  (Local Spielberg, Austria Time)

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

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

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day from the final round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Spielberg, Austria. 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 Spielberg, Austria 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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RBAR 2016 World Championship
1 Matthias Dolderer 80.25
2 Matt Hall 55.75
3 Hannes Arch
4 Nigel Lamb 37.75
5 Nicolas Ivanoff 35.00
6 Yoshi Muroya
7 Martin Sonka
8 Pete McLeod
9 Kirby Chambliss 30.25
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