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McLeod Returns to Podium at the Texas Motor Speedway
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Monday, 08 September 2014 04:43

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FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) – Canadian pilot Pete McLeod put in another strong performance on a hot and humid Texas afternoon, to secure the 3rd step of the podium, for the 2nd time in 2014.

When asked about his performance today, McLeod stated, "I went as fast as I could out there today without risking too much. I flew really consistently all day long and went all out in the Final 4. I didn't leave anything on the table so I'm happy”. With two 3rd place finishes this season and winning 3 out of 6 qualifying rounds, #84 has demonstrated great speed so far this season. For McLeod, his aggressive flying style leaves no room for error, and today it paid off for the youngest pilot in the Masters Class.

The race in Fort Worth, where some 40,000 spectators witnessed the weekend action, was one of the most exciting this season. There were 45 pylon hits during the two days of action-packed training on one of the most challenging tracks ever with its tight turns and difficult stadium wind conditions. With improved wind conditions on Sunday, there were no Race Day pylon hits as the pilots expertly sped through the track at speeds of nearly 370 km/h / 230 mph and at up to 10G. Heat was also a factor as temperatures soared into the high 30s C. / upper 90s F.

The overall Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle has tightened dramatically after six races. Bonhomme moved ahead of Arch in the overall lead on 45 points thanks to his fifth place finish, while Arch, who finished eighth, slipped into a two-way tie for second place overall with Lamb on 44 points. McLeod also slips to 6th just two points behind France’s Nicolas Ivanoff who won today’s event in the Lone Star State.

The next race of the eight-stop championship will be held in Las Vegas on October 11-12.

 
McLeod Looks for Another Podium as Air Race Moves to United States
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Friday, 05 September 2014 03:04

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DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas (USA) – The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to the United States with a riveting stop set for the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth on September 6-7. The race at ‘The Great American Speedway’, as it is sometimes called, will be an eagerly awaited homecoming of sorts for McLeod. This will mark the first stop of the year in North America, and London Ontario resident McLeod hopes to capitalize on the comforts of reduced travel and familiar scenery.

The high-speed, low-altitude race through Air Gate pylons set up inside and around the 1.5-mile quad-oval track will also be an historic occasion because it will be the first time an Air Race of any kind will be held at a NASCAR track and the first time inside a stadium in the United States. The pilots and their planes will also take off and land from the infield of the track, a first in the United States, with the crowd watching all the action from the grandstands.

McLeod, the youngest competitor in the field, has seen great success this season with two qualifying wins and two super eight wins, but has suffered from small mistakes along the way. After battling high winds, the #84 pilot hit a gate at the last race in Ascot England, and hopes to bounce back this weekend with a strong finish in the Lone Star State. McLeod currently sits 5th in points with 3 rounds remaining.

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


 
McLeod Absent from Podium in Ascot
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Monday, 18 August 2014 22:34


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Round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race was staged in the historic Royal Ascot Racecourse, located in Ascot, United Kingdom. With a history of horse racing dating back over 300 years, this legendary venue had a few tricks up its sleeve to challenge the worlds best race pilots.

Ascot also welcomed the first static start to the Red Bull Air Race. When pilots received a green light, they launched down the runway, blazing past a sell-out crowd of 29,000 spectators and directly towards the first gate. For the Ascot race Pete changed his turnaround technique, which helped him place second in the final training round, and set the track record when he placed first in the qualifying round.

Sunday’s racing welcomed a traditional British experience, as a cold front pushed through overnight. Although early morning rain showers cleared in time for racing, Pilots would be put to the test with wind gusts reportedly over 50 km/h in the skies above the stadium.

In the end it was a bitter day for Pete McLeod. The Canadian saw valuable championship points melt away when he was knocked out of the Top 12 round against Peter Besenyei, after hitting a pylon on the windy course.

When questioned about his race, McLeod stated, "It was the wind that got me with the pylon hit for sure. My net time was fairly slow also but it seems like the wind picked up quite a bit for the last guys. I managed it well up until that point but it surprised me on that corner.”

“I expect myself to be in the Final 4 every race; it's a good target for me. I know I can be there and I know the airplane's fast enough to be there. I took myself out of the game [in Ascot] – as with the last couple – so it's disappointing for sure." Stated a dejected McLeod, when questioned following his 11th place finish overall in Ascot.

With the series starting a return to North America for races in both Dallas and Las Vegas, McLeod welcomes his home soil advantage and looks to build some consistency into a program that has faltered in the last several rounds.

McLeod currently rests 5th in the championship points standings, but has dropped back from Australia’s Matt Hall in 4th, and French pilot Nicolas Ivanoff just three points behind in 6th.

Be sure to follow Pete on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. 

Photo credit: Samo Vidic / Red Bull Content Pool

 
Formula One's Adrian Newey Visits McLeod in Ascot
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Sunday, 17 August 2014 16:24
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Formula One's best-known engineer Adrian Newey paid a visit to the Red Bull Air Race Airport on Sunday ahead of the race in Ascot and spent time talking to some of the pilots about their airplanes and the intracacies of the world’s fastest motorsport series. The chief technical officer of Red Bull’s Formula One team and the mastermind behind their cars that won the last four straight world championships, Newey was clearly eager to learn more about the Red Bull Air Race and the sport’s technical developments.

“He was really interested in learning about the challenges we deal with technically and with the sport’s developments,” said Canada’s Pete McLeod, who spent nearly a half an hour showing Newey his plane and answering a steady stream of questions. “He was very interested in the rules and constraints we face.”

McLeod, who was the fastest in Qualifying on Saturday, said he enjoyed the in-depth conversation with Newey, who oversaw the design of the Red Bull F1 cars that won the last four titles and enjoyed title-winning success as an engineer for McLaren and Williams before joining Red Bull in 2006. Newey might have stayed longer but the Ascot race was about to start.

“He was a very cool guy to meet and we had a really good conversation. Like most things in aviation, it seems that aircraft are years and years behind the developoments in car racing. There are nevertheless interesting similiaries.”

McLeod said that Newey was also especially curious about how the strong, gusty winds in Ascot on Sunday would affect the Red Bull Air Race.

“I was talking to him about the wind here today and how it would affect things and he said it was the same with F1 cars and that the winds can affect them a lot,” said McLeod.

“I think it’s great that he came out to see the race today,” said McLeod. “It’s a great testament to where we are now as a sport.” 

Credit: Red Bull Air Race Newsroom.

 
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