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McLeod Finds Speed In Rovinj, Flies Well But Hurt By Penalty
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Sunday, 31 May 2015 20:00

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Team Garmin's Pete McLeod found the speed in the Red Bull Air Race on Sunday and the Canadian was flying a brilliant run in the third stop of the season in Rovinj, Croatia. But a late penalty in his Round of Eight race against American Michael Goulian for a tiny infraction cost him dearly and dropped him to seventh place. It was a close call for incorrect level flying through one of the last Air Gates on the windswept course set up on the Adriatic Sea.

McLeod is nevertheless still in the hunt for the championship of the world's fastest motorsport series in seventh place with nine points but only 16 points behind the leaders with 12 points up for grabs for winning each race.

“Overall I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t get into the final run, but I had two great runs on race day,” said McLeod, after he lost to Goulian and got a penalty for incorrect level flying. “I flew the lines I wanted. They are aggressive lines. I’m out there flying on the limit. If you’re not on the limit you’re not fast. We’re all up on the limit. Get used to upsets throughout the season.”

After struggling in training and Qualifying this week, McLeod seemed to find his form on Sunday and upset red-hot Yoshihide Muroya of Japan in the Round of 14 with a fast time of 54.091 seconds. Muroya was second in Qualifying but was under pressure to perform after McLeod's quick time. Muroya hit a pylon in the round of 14 and the three-second penalty meant McLeod advanced instead.

The race was won by Hannes Arch of Austria, who bounced back in style after struggling in training this week and Qualifying on Saturday to win race by the closest margin ever and turn the eight-race world championship battle into a tight-three way fight at the top. Sonka got a career-best second place in the race, where pilots hit speeds of 370 km/h, on the difficult, windswept racecourse set up just off the shorelines of Rovinj.

Rovinj race results:1. Hannes Arch (AUT), 2. Martin Sonka (CZE), 3. Matt Hall (AUS), 4. Michael Goulian (USA), 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 6. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 7. Pete McLeod (CAN), 8. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 9. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 10. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 11. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 12. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 13. Juan Velarde (ESP), 14. Francois Le Vot (FRA)

World Championship standings: 1. Bonhomme (25 points), 2. Hall (25), 3. Arch (17), 4. Lamb (12), 5. Dolderer (10), 6. Sonka (9), 7. McLeod (9), 8. Goulian (8), 9. Ivanoff (6), 10. Muroya (4), 11. Chambliss (2), 12. Besenyei (2), 13. Velarde (0), 14. Le Vot (0)
 
Rovinj, Croatia 2015 Broadcast Schedule
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Friday, 29 May 2015 08:29




Qualifying Day – Saturday May 30, 2015

Eastern Daylight Time: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Central Daylight Time: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

* Note: Currently only available on redbullairrace.com


Race Day – Sunday May 31, 2015 

Eastern Daylight Time: 8:00 - 12:30 p.m.

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

* Note: Red Bull TV broadcast begins 2 hours later (Starts with Round of 8)


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A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day on both qualifying and race day from Round 3 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, OLN and TVA will air the Rovinj, Croatia race on tape-delay - timing to be confirmed. 

You can also watch the event on Red Bull TV via www.redbull.tv, 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 PeteMcLeodRacing.com following the race.

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McLeod Is Looking For Pure Speed As The Series Returns To Rovinj Croatia
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 17:05

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Team Garmin pilot Pete McLeod is ready to get back to the track in Rovinj Croatia, for his second race in two weeks. The speedy #84 looked like he may have found his familiar ‘all or nothing’ form at the last race in Japan by posting the 2nd fastest net time, but taking penalties along the way for an early race day exit and 12th place finish. He will be looking for more of the same speed over the Adriatic Sea on May 31, 2015 for the 3rd Round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

When he was asked about his feelings leading into Rovinj, McLeod stated, “I’m hoping the engine in my Edge 540 may be starting to break in - resulting in an increase in power – something the plane has been lacking so far this season. It would only be a small difference but every little bit counts”.

Last year in Rovinj, McLeod narrowly missed the podium due to a penalty late in the final round. There will be increased pressure this year to manage his risks in the track and stay penalty free, but McLeod may have other plans. “Strategy wise, I know I need to be fast to have a chance to win. If I can do that conservatively then great, but odds are I’m going to have to be aggressive and take every inch of the track I can get. When you have to fly aggressive, penalties are only a small mistake or a judgment call away. Excess plane speed is a luxury I don’t seem to have this year.” Said McLeod.

When asked about his thoughts on how Rovinj Croatia will play into the championship, McLeod stated, “At this point for me, I have really just got to think of this race as the first race of the season. The team has been working hard to come up with a solution to the lack of performance in our race plane, and I think we started to see the pieces come together in Chiba. This week, I will just go out to the track the same way I always do – pushing the limit and flying fast“.

Be sure to follow Pete McLeod on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates from Rovinj.
 
McLeod Fast in Japan But Penalties Hurt
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Sunday, 17 May 2015 13:08

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CHIBA, Japan – Canada’s Pete McLeod flew a lightening fast time at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s second leg in Chiba, Japan on Sunday but got hit with two penalties that ruined his day as he and his Garmin Racing Team ended up a disappointing 12th after a surprise first-round knock out by American Michael Goulian. But on the bright side: McLeod thinks he might have solved his engine set-up problems and was pleased at his blazing time.

Racing at speeds of 370 km/h in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,000 spectators on the high-speed, low-altitude track, McLeod finally was able to get his Edge 540 V3 flying the way it did last year and the way he knows it can to be a top contender in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

McLeod, who finished third in the season opener in Abu Dhabi despite an underperforming engine, was hoping to find a way to get back on the podium again in Chiba, Japan – the first time the race was staged in Eastern Asia. McLeod’s time of 50.785 seconds was the second fastest among 14 pilots, only just a fraction of a second behind local hero Yoshihide Muroya of Japan who posted a 50.779 seconds.

But McLeod was penalized five seconds for a total time of 55.785 seconds and lost his heat to Goulian by 2.809 seconds. The American navigated the 25-meter high track without any penalties, although more than two seconds slower, and stopped the clock in 52.976. McLeod was first hit with a three second penalty for hitting a pylon and then got assessed a further two seconds for incorrect level flying through another gate.

“It was a tough day results-wise for me but I think I made a breakthrough with the plane set-up and the flying lines,” said McLeod, who won last year’s race in Las Vegas, sounding relieved that his Garming Racing Team might have finally overcome the bewildering engine problems. “Aside from the penalties, I posted one of the fastest net times of the round. That gives me a positive outlook heading into the next race in Croatia in two weeks.”

Britain's Paul Bonhomme claimed his second victory of the season with a win in Japan on Sunday.

Sunday’s race just off the shores of the Makuhari Beach was the first ever in Japan and the 60th Red Bull Air Race since the sport was launched in 2003. It was warmly embraced by in Chiba, the birthplace of civil aviation in Japan. A record-breaking 120,000 tickets were sold for the two days of racing action and there was heavy media coverage all week. “It’s an historic moment and dream come true for us to hold a race in Japan,” said Red Bull Air Race General Manager Erich Wolf. “It’s wonderful and we’re honored to be racing here.”

The next Red Bull Air Race will be in Rovinj, Croatia on May 30/31.
 
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MAY 16-17
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RBAR 2015 World Championship
1 Paul Bonhomme 25
2 Matt Hall 25
3 Hannes Arch
12
4 Nigel Lamb 12
5 Matthias Dolderer 10
6 Martin Sonka
9
7 Pete McLeod
9
8 Michael Goulian 8
9 Nicolas Ivanoff 6
10 Yoshi Muroya
4
11 Kirby Chambliss 2
12 Peter Besenyei 2
13 Juan Velarde
0
14 Francois Le Vot
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