Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod Looks to Reclaim Podium in Poland
Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:40

The Gdynia harbour will set the stage the Red Bull Air Race’s inaugural stop into the Baltic coastal region, and Poland’s first time hosting of the world’s fastest motorsport series. Gdynia is known for its thriving cultural life, and this dynamic city will once again roar into life on July 25-26, when the world’s best race pilots return to the track. Austria’s Hannes Arch and Britain’s Paul Bonhomme currently lead the point race into Poland, and a resolute Pete McLeod is looking to make up ground.

The season has been a career best for McLeod so far, with one qualifying win, two top finishes in the Super 8 elimination round, three consecutive appearances in the Final 4, and a podium finish in Abu Dhabi. However, the first three rounds have not been without adversity, as McLeod is looking to rebound after critical penalties have kept the Canadian just one step short of repeat podiums in both Croatia and Malaysia respectively.

As the youngest Master Class competitor on the circuit, McLeod looks forward to the technical aspects this new venue will provide. In what looks to be a track design that will reward good rhythm and wind management, proper line selection and a solid strategy will be critical.

Be sure to follow Pete McLeod on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates. Information regarding live streaming and broadcast times from Gdynia, Poland will be posted in the coming days – check back regularly for details.
Red Bull Air Race Returns to Austria for 2014 Season Final
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:54

The 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season final will be staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on October 25/26. The final race of the season will be held at the F1 circuit in the Styrian mountains.

Eleven years ago the series started with its first race ever in Zeltweg. As a substitution for the race in China not being feasible the Red Bull Air Race will now come home to its origin.

"I think it's really great that the showdown for the 2014 season will be held in Austria," said Pilot Hannes Arch. The Austrian is leading a tight battle for the world championship ahead of defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain with Pete McLeod of Canada and Nigel Lamb of Britain close behind. "That corner of the world loves the race. We already saw that in Rovinj in April how many fans the sport has. It would be a dream-come-true for me if I can hold on to win the championship in my home country."

The eight-stop 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship began in Abu Dhabi in March with subsequent stops in Rovinj, Croatia in April and Putrajaya, Malaysia in May. The remaining races will be held in Gdynia, Poland (July 26/27), Ascot, United Kingdom (August 16/17), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (September 6/7), and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 11/12), before the final in Spielberg, Austria, a sensational location for the sport. The Spielberg stop will be the 58th overall Red Bull Air Race, a sport that has been staged in 18 countries since it was launched in 2003.

World Championship Standings: 1. Hannes Arch (AUT) 30 points, 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 25, 3. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 17, 4. Pete McLeod (CAN) 17, 5. Matt Hall (AUS) 14, 6. Martin Sonka (CZE) 8, 7. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 7, 8. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 5, 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 4, 10. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 2, 11. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 0, 12. Michael Goulian (USA) 0. 

Further information about the race and tickets can be found via
McLeod’s Three Race Roundup
Friday, 13 June 2014 19:32

Pete McLeod’s start to the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship has been the best of his career. Full of promise of many great things to come in the future of the youngest pilot in the track, the opening three races have also served up a healthy dose of drama and turbulence for McLeod to navigate on his hunt for a first ever win.

Let’s take a look at the action in the first three races of 2014:

Round 1 – Abu Dhabi, UAE – McLeod demonstrates to the world that he has the speed and maturity required to run at the front of the field; shocking the field by edging out reigning World Champion Paul Bonhomme to take first place in qualifying. McLeod went on the next day to win the Super 8 elimination, posting a track record while en route to his career first podium finish with a 3rd place finish behind heavy weights Arch and Bonhomme.

Round 2 – Rovinj, Croatia – One of the most challenging tracks in history set the stage for a rollercoaster of a race. Looking good in training, McLeod managed to qualify third headed into Sunday’s race. However, a worsening sinus infection that McLeod battled all week looked to have the gotten the better of him during the opening round with a pylon hit late in the track. With any hope of a repeat podium looking to be all but lost, the drama wasn’t over yet as pilot after pilot knocked down gates in the strong wind. McLeod’s hit on one of the last gates of the track turned out to be just enough to move him through to the Super 8 round, where he delivered a smooth run to once again find himself in the Final 4. Trailing Bonhomme and Arch headed into the finals, McLeod was holding a slight advantage over Japan’s Muroya who was in the final round for the first time in his career. High hopes to see Pete on the podium for a second straight race were snuffed out with a 2-second time penalty for incorrect level gate passing. The penalty put McLeod just behind Muroya and in 4th place.

Round 3 – Putrajaya, Malaysia – Despite soaring tropical temperatures, Pete and his team were ready for battle in Malaysia. McLeod once again flew into race day in a strong position after qualifying in second place. A calculated and error free run in the first round was more than enough to put McLeod past France’s Nicholas Ivanoff. With the throttle opened and Pete placing first in the Super 8 round, it looked as though he was in control of the race and pointed directly toward the top of the podium. Opening the final round, Hall and Lamb both put down fast times and clean runs, settling the stage for a podium battle. It wasn’t to be though, as Pete had his final round cut short by a controversial over-speed entry into the track – devastating the Canadian’s podium goal – and was relegated to another 4th place finish.

McLeod currently sits tied for 3rd with Nigel Lamb in the overall championship standings. Austria’s Hannes Arch and the UK’s Paul Bonhomme are leading the championship in 1st and 2nd place respectively. Round 4 takes place in Gdynia, Poland on July 27, 2014.

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Photo Credit: Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool 
McLeod Frustrated After Tropical Battle in Malaysia
Sunday, 18 May 2014 16:10

PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia) - Canada’s Pete McLeod was en route to get the first victory in his Red Bull Air Race career after a blazing run in the Super 8 but ended up fourth after a controversial ‘did-not-finish’ in the final for exceeding the 200-knot speed limit at the start gate. On the bright side, it was McLeod’s third straight Final Four appearance.

Nigel Lamb upset Austria’s Hannes Arch in an action-packed Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle in the sweltering tropical heat of Putrajaya, getting an emotional first career victory in his 44th race. Australia’s Matt Hall took third in the first-ever east Asia race in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

But the 30-year-old from London, ON had the speed and confidence to win the third race of the 2014 season after taking third in Abu Dhabi and fourth in Rovinj, Croatia. McLeod had blown everyone out of the sky in the Super 8 round, posting the fastest time to that point (1:15.573) to establish himself as the hot favorite for the Final Four. Flying brilliantly in the muggy heat in the race near the Equator, where temperatures soared into the high 30s, McLeod opened the throttle as he sped into the track set up over Putrajaya Lake.

His race, unfortunately, ended right after crossing the starting line. The race director said the Canadian had exceeded the entry speed of 200 knots but McLeod said that his speed gauge had him at, but still just under, the limit.

“I was on the limit but I don’t believe I was over,” said McLeod, hopping mad after the race. “Everything was going as planned. I laid it all out in the Super 8 and was pushing for the limit in the Final Four. I was called out, unfortunately. I’m really disappointed. I looked at my cockpit data and I was 0.9 mph under the limit. I don’t know what to say. I was really focused and it felt good.”

McLeod nevertheless picked up another five points for the fourth place and has 17 overall – the same as Lamb who is also in third place. They are still within striking range of Arch, who is on top with 30 points, with five races to go. McLeod’s third place at the season opener in Abu Dhabi might have been seen as a surprise but after getting into his third straight Final Four he has now established himself as one of the top guys to beat.

“I’m satisfied with my performance,” said McLeod. “I’m on track, my flying’s on track. I’m learning a lot but the judging has dictated my last two results and I hope that trend won’t continue.”

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

World Championship Standings: 1. Arch (30 points), 2. Bonhomme (25), 3. Lamb (17), 4. McLeod (17), 5. Hall (14), 6. Sonka (8), 7, Muroya (7), 8. Ivanoff (5), 9. Dolderer (4), 10. Besenyei (2)

Pictures: Joerg Mitter, Balazs Gardi, Predrag Vuckovic, Samo Vidic

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