Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod salvages 4th in Croatia after tough weekend
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:38


ROVINJ (Croatia) – Pete McLeod came to Croatia riding high after getting his first Red Bull Air Race World Championship podium in the season opener in Abu Dhabi but 30-year-old from London, Ontario had a hard time getting the rhythm back and considers himself lucky to finish fourth in the 12-pilot field – and collect five championship points that kept him third overall with 12 points.

McLeod was fortunate to advance to the round of 8 after hitting a pylon late in the second lap of the 12-pilot first round, a battle against France’s Nicolas Ivanoff that he lost due to did not finish. But McLeod miraculously advanced to the Super 8 round because four other pilots hit pylons at earlier stages in that first round. McLeod took advantage of his improbable second chance and made it the final four with some nifty flying on the difficult track in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Rovinj.

“I’m satisfied with the points – it’s more than I could have hoped for with my performance,” said McLeod. “I just wasn’t feeling things today. I was fighting the airplane, not feeling well, and it showed in the track. I was surprised by my first flight. I almost hit five pylons before I hit that one pylon. So it was a mess out there.”

McLeod, the youngest pilot in the history of the Red Bull Air Race, said he has been suffering from sinus issues heading into the race. “I’m just not feeling well,” he said. “My head was 50 meters behind the airplane. In this game you have to be 50 meters ahead of the airplane. I’m lucky to be out of here with the points I have.”

McLeod had lots of company on Sunday in slicing open the pressurized Air Gates, which rise 25 meters high. In Rovinj there had been southerly winds in recent days but they became westerly winds on race day, leading to a record number of six pylon hits in the first two rounds.

Austria’s Hannes Arch came from behind to beat defending champion Paul Bonhomme the final. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya got the first podium of his career, taking third place. Britain`s Nigel Lamb got knocked out when his running propeller touched the ground and got damaged at the Race Airport.

Results: 1. Hannes Arch (AUT), 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Pete McLeod (CAN), 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 6. Martin Sonka (CZE), 7. Matt Hall (AUS), 8. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 12. Michael Goulian (USA)

World Championship Standings: 1. Arch (AUT) 21 points, 2. Bonhomme (GBR) 21, 3. McLeod (CAN) 12, 4. Muroya (JPN) 7, 5. Hall (AUS) 7, 6. Ivanoff (FRA) 5, 7. Sonka (CZE) 5, 8. Lamb (GBR) 5, 9. Dolderer (GER) 5, 10. Chambliss (USA) 0, 11. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 0, 12. Michael Goulian (USA) 0;

Picture: Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Be sure to follow Pete on facebooktwitter and instagram for the latest updates throughout the season in Pete's quest to become Red Bull Air Race World Champion
McLeod savors taste of first podium, but wants more in Croatia
Saturday, 12 April 2014 06:16
2014 Rovinj
Photo credit: Andreas Langreiter

ROVINJ (Croatia) – Pete McLeod got the first podium of his Red Bull Air Race career at the 2014 season opener in Abu Dhabi but the ambitious ace from London, Ontario already has his eyes set on loftier goals now – winning a race. McLeod, who surprised the other 11 pilots with his third place in Abu Dhabi, is first looking to work on his consistency as he gets ready for the second race of the eight-stop 2014 season in Rovinj, Croatia on Sunday.

“I’m happy with the first race of 2014 but it’s just one race and there are still a lot of unknowns,” said McLeod, who just turned 30 in February. “The track is really challenging here and everyone is having some trouble with the track. Like with the race in Abu Dhabi, I think flying clean is going to be the key to doing well here.”

McLeod said that expectations are already growing back home in Canada after he got on the podium in Abu Dhabi. “People around me have more expectations now. But the biggest pressure is from myself. I’ve always had high expectations on myself. It’s easy to overlook that, yeah, it’s one race and it’s a good statement and it shows that I can run with the top guys. But consistency is going to be the key.”

McLeod admits that he didn’t expect to do so well so soon this year. “To be honest I was a little surprised myself with my good results in Abu Dhabi. I knew in the long run I’d be competing for the podium. To win the Qualifying there was a surprise and it was a surprise to be in the lead for a while on race day. But this is going to be a difference race in Rovinj.”

McLeod said that he is obsessed with improvement and is savoring his rise to the top three of the world championship standings. He’d like to stay up there too.

“I’m happy if I’m moving forward. I don’t necessarily need to be on top of the podium for my own personal satisfaction. I want to see growth and the higher you get up the ladder, the harder it is to keep moving forward. That’s the big challenge for me.” Credit: Red Bull Air Race Newsroom.

Be sure to follow Pete on facebooktwitter and instagram for the latest updates from Rovinj. 
Rovinj Race Schedule 2014
Thursday, 03 April 2014 17:26

Race Day – Sunday April 13, 2014

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm CEST  (local Rovinj, Croatia time)

Eastern Standard Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day from Round 2 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Rovinj, Croatia. 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 Rovinj, Croatiai 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 slect 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.
McLeod Rolls into Rovinj
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:03
Rovinj, Croatia

Pete and the PMR team are heading to the picturesque coastal town of Rovinj, Croatia for the second stop of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Series. The event will kick off the tourist season for this vacation town, which will be transformed into an action packed battleground for the world’s top air race pilots.

With a population of 14,924; Rovinj is a small coastal village situated along the North Adriatic Sea on the Western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Home of the Brijuni Islands National Park; it is a popular tourist and fishing village. It boasts an extraordinary blend of natural, historical, and cultural heritage.

“I’ve not yet traveled to that part of Europe but it looks beautiful. It’s a small location so I think I’ll enjoy it as I’m typically more comfortable in small towns than big cities.” said Pete on Rovinj.

Pete is coming into Rovinj with momentum on his side after a strong opening round in Abu Dhabi, and the competition has been alerted to his championship merit. Typical of the Canadian, Pete’s confidence heading into Rovinj seems to be moderated. “I must admit it’s nice to be defending a little heading into a race and not just fighting from the back. It’s only been one race in a long season though; I don’t look at it as a permanent thing and there is certainly no time to relax. There are a bunch of guys that could easily run ahead of me if I slow down even a little.”

The opening round in Abu Dhabi was a race of career firsts for McLeod. He won the qualifying round for the first time, to secure the pole for Saturday’s main event. McLeod went on to set a track record* in the Super 8 round, fought his way into the Final 4; also a career first, and earned his first career podium with a 3rd place finish in the Final 4 round.

When asked if people could count on a repeat performance in Rovinj, there’s little doubt Pete has switched gears from Abu Dhabi. “It’s great to feed off the energy of a good race, but my mind is on Croatia now. This is a much different track and looks to have a very technical back section. With it being spring and the track exposed to open water, wind could also be a huge player here. I hope it blows hard and I find a rhythm in the back section of the track, as that’s where the race will be won.”

Rovinj’s mild Mediterranean climate will heat up rapidly on April 12-13, as thousands of fans and tourists will migrate to the area. Many fans are expected to travel from nearby Austria and Germany to cheer on local competitors Hannes Arch and Mattias Dolderer. However, if Pete has anything to say about it, they might find themselves cheering for a young Canadian!

Be sure to follow Pete on facebooktwitter and instagram for the latest updates. Information regarding live streaming and broadcast times will be posted in the coming days – check back regularly for details. 

*Abu Dhabi track record was reset by Paul Bohonnme in final round.


Page 1 of 31
Kuala Lumpur,
2014 - 05 - 17
FEB 28-MAR 1
Abu Dhabi - U.A.E.
APR 12-13
Rovinj - Croatia
MAY 17-18
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Spectacle Aerien La Baie, QC
JULY 26-27
Gdynia - Poland
AUG 16-17
Ascot - Great Britain
AUG 27
Rotary Charity Airshow, ON
SEPT 6-7
Dallas/Fort Worth - USA
OCT 11-12
Las Vegas - USA
NOV 1-2
China - China

RBAR 2014 World Championship
Hannes Arch
Paul Bonhomme 21
3 Pete McLeod
Yoshi Muroya
Matt Hall 7
Nicolas Ivanoff 5
7 Martin Sonka
Nigel Lamb 5
Matthias Dolderer 3
10 Peter Besenyei 0
11 Kirby Chambliss 0
12 Michael Goulian 0
PMR #84 Sponsor: XU Aviation
PMR #84 Sponsor: Ly-Con Engines RSS Feed
Copyright © 2014, All rights reserved. Designed and Developed by Blais Media