Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod Back in Las Vegas With High Hopes A Year After Red Bull Air Race Victory
Friday, 09 October 2015 14:54

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (USA) – Team Garmin’s Pete McLeod returns this weekend to the race track where he pulled off the first and only win of his Red Bull Air Race World Championship career a year ago – in Las Vegas.

The Canadian ace will be trying to avoid the small, irritating penalties that have cost him badly this season in the final race the year on Sunday. A victory in the American gaming capital could lift McLeod all the way from fifth place overall to third. Last year he was fifth overall with 38 points. This year he is fifth with 19 points.

“It’s really hard to believe it was a year ago,” said McLeod of his win here – awarded to him after heavy winds forced the cancellation of the race. McLeod had won the Qualifying session a day earlier. “It was a huge mess last year with the weather and there was a lot of pressure on me in that situation because I qualified first. We’re in a different position this year and a lot of things are different. This race is all about finishing the season on a strong note.”

McLeod has gotten on the podium just once this season, a third place in the season opener in Abu Dhabi. But he could take third overall with a win and the 12 points that come with it on Sunday. He has been hurt by an underperforming engine but also getting untimely penalties for such things as exceeding the 10g limit for a fraction of a second too long – pilots are allowed to exceed the 10g limit for just 0.5 second.

“I would like to fly penalty-free without getting some stupid over-g penalty or over-speed penalty or other kinds of calls of that nature,” said McLeod, who has also been hurt in the past for just barely exceeding the 370-kph speed limit at the start.

In the last race in Fort Worth, McLeod was having a brilliant run in the Round of Eight and came close to knocking out Britain’s Paul Bonhomme in their head-to-head heat. But McLeod exceeded the 10g limit for a fraction of a second too long and was disqualified.

“My net time on the first lap was the fastest first lap on that track ever,” said McLeod. “I really had some runs in Fort Worth that were really fast. I was ahead of Paul at that point and feel I could have beaten him out there in Texas, which would have changed things dramatically for the championship.”

Indeed, McLeod went packing and Bonhomme went on to win the race in Fort Worth to move eight points ahead of Australia’s Matt Hall, who was second in Fort Worth in the world championship race. The title race would have narrowed considerably if McLeod had beaten Bonhomme.

In the battle in Las Vegas for third place overall, Austria’s Hannes Arch leads with 30 points, Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic is in fourth with 28 points. There are three more pilots breathing down Arch’s back in the race for third – Nigel Lamb (GBR) has 20, McLeod (CAN) and Matthias Dolderer (GER) have 19 each.

“It would be nice to get third overall and hopefully I’ll fly well here,” said McLeod. “We’re already focused on 2016. We’ll be looking to put down a fast time every time I’m out in the track.”
McLeod Battles Hard in Texas Red Bull Air Race
Sunday, 27 September 2015 22:47

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 heating 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 as 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.

World Championship Standings: 1. Bonhomme 67 points, 2. Hall 59, 3. Arch 30, 4. Sonka 28, 5. Lamb 20, 6. McLeod 19, 7. Dolderer 19, 8. Muroya 18, 9. Ivanoff 13, 10. Goulian 10, 11. Chamblis 9, 12. Besenyei 8, Velarde 0, Le Vot 0.
Turbulent Finish For McLeod In Spielberg
Sunday, 06 September 2015 20:57

SPIELBERG, Austria – Pete McLeod had been impressing onlookers all week with his aggressive lines that dared closer than any other pilot to the mountainside trees at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. The Canadian’s brilliance continued in the opening round, where he delivered the fastest time of all 14 contenders and knocked out France’s Nicolas Ivanoff, the 2014 Spielberg winner, in a head-to-head battle.

In the Round of 8, McLeod managed to fly cleanly again despite the crosswinds; however, the cagey Chambliss – a two-time titleholder known for his mastery of difficult conditions – was just .654 seconds faster, ending McLeod’s hopes to advance. It was Chambliss’s first Final 4 of the season, and the podium finish he went on to grab was his first since 2010.

“It was rough out there today, I took a more conservative approach in the Round of 8, but I was surprised with how slow my time was. I thought I had it in me to get into the Final 4,” said McLeod, whose fifth place Spielberg result was nonetheless a rebound from 13th at the previous race in Ascot, and moves him to fifth place in the overall standings. “The World Championship is gone now so it’s time to look forward, not just to the next race, but to next year. We’re looking at all the data we’ve collected to see what we can do in 2016.”

Australia's Matt Hall won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship race in the Austrian Alps with an emphatic victory, beating Britain's Paul Bonhomme into second place in a dramatic final while American Kirby Chambliss got his first podium since 2010 in third. Hall's heart-stopping win in front of 20,000 spectators gives him 50 world championship points and narrowed Bonhomme's lead in the world's fastest motorsport series to just five points.

The 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves on to its final two stops in the United States, in Fort Worth, Texas on Sept. 26-27 and Las Vegas on Oct. 17-18.
Spielberg, Austria 2015 Broadcast Schedule
Friday, 04 September 2015 16:54

Qualifying Day – Saturday September 5, 2015

Eastern Standard Time: 3:30 - 5:00 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 2:30 - 4:00 a.m.

* Note: Currently only available on

Race Day – Sunday September 6, 2015 

Eastern Standard Time: 8:00 - 12:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 7:00 - 11:30 a.m.


A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on both qualifying and race day from Round 6 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 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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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
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