Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod under pre-race cloud at Red Bull Air Race finale
Friday, 24 October 2014 14:17

SPIELBERG (Austria) – Having won 19 Red Bull Air Race World Championship points from the last two races, Pete McLeod of Canada is the hottest pilot in the race at the moment going into the 2014 season finale showdown in Spielberg, Austria. But McLeod’s pre-race preparations were clouded when his technician broke his arm in a cycling accident before the race and McLeod himself got to the venue in the Austrian Alps slightly later than his rivals.

McLeod won the first race of his career at the last stop in Las Vegas when heavy winds forced the cancellation of the racing just before the end of the Top 12 round. McLeod had won Qualifying the day before – his third straight Qualifying victory and fourth win in that competition this season – and was thus awarded the victory in America’s gambling capital.

“I should probably feel like I have more momentum than I am feeling,” said McLeod, who got 12 points for the win after getting 9 points for third place in the race before that in Fort Worth, Texas. World Championship leader Nigel Lamb of Britain has 18 points from those last two races for back-to-back second places (worth 9 points each). “I’m happy with my results. I’ll just try for another good result here. But I’m out of the championship running (in fourth place overall). I’m thinking of next year already.”

With 37 points, McLeod has no chance of catching Lamb (53 points), Austria’s Hannes Arch in second (48) or Paul Bonhomme of Britain in third (47). But Matt Hall of Australia (33) or even Nicolas Ivanoff of France (30) could still overtake McLeod in an exciting three-way battle for fourth place overall.

McLeod said that the likes the cooler mountain air in Austria, which with snowfall at higher elevations nearby feels a lot like the cold Canada air in the wintertime. He also likes the undulating racetrack that features a rise and fall of a total of 65 meters over the course of a lap.

“On paper the track looks super easy but I think the elevation changes and obstacles out there will make it super interesting,” he said. “It’s going to be cooler temperatures so the performance of our planes is going to be pretty good.”

Be sure to follow Pete McLeod on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates. Information regarding live streaming and broadcast times from Spielberg (Austria) will be posted in the coming days – check back regularly for details.  

McLeod hits Jackpot in Las Vegas
Monday, 13 October 2014 04:07

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (USA) - Pete McLeod of Canada was declared the winner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop in Las Vegas on Sunday after heavy winds forced the cancellation of the flying in the first of three final rounds. McLeod won the first race of his career by virtue of his victory in Qualifying on Saturday. Nigel Lamb of Britain moved into the overall World Championship lead of the world’s fastest motorsport series with 53 points on the strength of his fourth straight second place and Germany's Matthias Dolderer got his first podium of the year with third place.

There was high drama on a bright and sunny afternoon in America's gambling capital when heavy winds that gusted at speeds above 30 knots toppled several of the 25-meter high pylons. Eleven of the 12 pilots made it through the wind-swept track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, despite a high number of penalties and mistakes, and the powerful winds from the north wreaked havoc with two of the top three favorites. Paul Bonhomme of Britain and Austria's Hannes Arch, who were locked in a tight battle for the title with Lamb, both struggled on the high-speed, low-altitude track with unaccustomed mistakes in the heavy winds and would have been eliminated in the Top 12 round had the race continued to the Super 8.

“This shows that Qualifying is important – we all know that weather can be a factor. You always want to race on race day,” said McLeod, who has won four of the seven Qualifying sessions this season but had just two third place results in Abu Dhabi and Fort Worth, Texas to show for it. “I’m happy with my flying in Qualifying so it’s something to smile about. I still want to earn my first win in the Final Four.”

The overall World Championship lead changed hands in Las Vegas, for the fourth time in this most exciting season ever, with Lamb leaping in front of Bonhomme into first place -- for the first time in his long career -- with his 53 championship points. Arch is in second with 48 points and Bonhomme has 47 points going into the final race of the season in Spielberg, Austria on October 25/26.
McLeod Wins Pole Position in Las Vegas
Sunday, 12 October 2014 07:03

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (USA) – Canada’s Pete McLeod upset the Red Bull Air Race World Championship leaders in Qualifying on Saturday in Las Vegas to win pole position for Sunday’s race. McLeod turned in a flawless performance under bright sunshine and temperatures above 30 degrees to win Qualifying in the world’s fastest motorsport series for the fourth time this season and the 30-year-old Canadian, still searching for his first career win, hopes that the luck of Las Vegas will finally be on his side in Sunday’s race. McLeod's time was 49.588 seconds with Lamb in 49.734 and Dolderer on 50.016.

Britain’s Nigel Lamb, who is locked in a gripping three-way battle for the 2014 championship with compatriot Paul Bonhomme and Hannes Arch of Austria, took second place in Qualifying on Saturday in front of thousands of spectators as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway while Germany’s Matthias Dolderer was third. Arch, who is second overall and even with Lamb on 44 points with 12 points up for grabs for first place on Sunday, was back in fifth place while Bonhomme, the overall leader with 45 points, could do no better than seventh in the 12-pilot field.

“Four times now!” said McLeod, referring to his four Qualifying wins – Abu Dhabi, Ascot, Fort Worth and now Las Vegas. “It would be nice to finally win a race right here. We’re running fast out there. That’s proof that I haven’t always had the best luck on race day. Hopefully Vegas is good to me.”

McLeod said that he had struggled in training in Friday because his engine was not delivering but got the problem fixed in time for Qualifying.  “We were fighting engine issues in training. That was pretty frustrating. The guys on the team worked pretty hard on it last night to get some parts changed and set-up right.  We had a fuel flow issue and that made it difficult to set the motor up. We just weren’t able to get the power we wanted.”

Qualifying results: 1. Pete McLeod (CAN) 49.588, 2. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 49.734, 3. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 50.016, 4. Matt Hall (AUS) 50.036, 5. Hannes Arch (AUT) 50.291, 6. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 50.426, 7. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 51.092, 8. Martin Sonka (CZE) 51.730, 9. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 52.132, 10. Michael Goulian (USA) 52.200, 11. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 52.511, 12. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 52.950

Las Vegas Broadcast Schedule
Saturday, 11 October 2014 23:14

Race Day – Sunday October 13, 2014

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT  (Local Las Vegas, Pacific time)

Eastern Daylight Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Central Daylight Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day from Round 7 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Click the ‘watch live stream’ button on right side of page below the countdown clock, and a new window will open. Rogers SportsNet, FOX Sports One and TVA will air the Las Vegas, USA 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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