Pete McLeod Racing 

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.
McLeod Itching To get First Career Win in Las Vegas After Close Calls
Friday, 10 October 2014 19:15

With two podiums and three Qualifying victories this season, Pete McLeod has been knocking on the door for a spot at the top of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship and the Canadian hopes to break through with his first career win at the world's fastest motorsport series in Las Vegas on Sunday. McLeod was third in the last race in Fort Worth, Texas and also got third in the season opener in Abu Dhabi along with Qualifying wins to his name in Abu Dhabi, Ascot and Fort Worth.

“I’m coming off a really strong race in Texas and I was really happy with my performance on all four days there,” he said, referring to training, Qualifying and the race. “I very easily could have had a better result than third there. Texas was as close as I’ve ever come to winning. I’m feeling really good here in Las Vegas. We had a chance to do some testing in Canada before coming here and figured out some things to improve the set-up.”

McLeod, who has been hurt by close penalty calls and inconsistency this season, said even though he is out of the championship race, he nevertheless hopes to win at least one of the last two races and possibly upset one or more of the three pilots still in the title hunt.

“I’d love to win a race,” he said. “That’s the next step in my progression. You can’t win the World Championship without winning a race first. I’m a potential spoiler for the guys here ahead of me,” he said referring to Paul Bonhomme, Nigel Lamb and Hannes Arch. “I’m enjoying that role as a spoiler. But I’m not going to worry about what the other guys are doing in the championship.”

McLeod said that he will also use the final two races of the season to work on focus and flying consistently. “This season has been a little bit turbulent as far as the results go for me. There are a lot of different reasons for that. I need to work on my consistency.”

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

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RBAR 2014 World Championship
1 Nigel Lamb 53
2 Hannes Arch
3 Paul Bonhomme 47
4 Pete McLeod
5 Matt Hall 33
6 Nicolas Ivanoff 30
7 Matthias Dolderer 21
8 Martin Sonka
9 Yoshi Muroya
10 Peter Besenyei 6
11 Kirby Chambliss 5
12 Michael Goulian 0
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