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Gdynia Causes Grief for Canada's Pete McLeod
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 16:39
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Round 4 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship made it’s inaugural stop in Gdynia, Poland. From the edge of the Baltic Sea, rough conditions prevailed through the week. Many racers struggled to find their groove on a track that rewards pilots who can fly smooth yet aggressive lines; and Canada’s Pete McLeod was no exception.

Strong winds, made flying difficult during training. During Pete’s first qualifying run, a punishing vertical turn resulted in a disqualification when his G meter briefly spiked over 10G. A new rule this season has reduced the max G allowed from 12 to 10G. With his first qualifying run stopped, the pressure was on for a good second run. Pete made his one and only chance count, with a fast, flawless, but safe run, earning him a strong start position for Sunday’s race.

With rain skirting the course, and strong winds swaying the pylons, McLeod and Nicolas Ivanoff went head to head for the third time this season. The Frenchman ran an exceptional time winning his heat, but Pete McLeod would not be sent packing. The Canadian scored a time fast enough to earn him a wild card spot in the next round.

On his first lap of the Super 8, Pete laid out a blistering time, and appeared on course to set a track record. But, the vertical turn at the far end of the course would ruin his chances. Once again, the G meter spiked, this time above 11 times his body weight. “Last season this would have been a legal turn…My body can take it, my plane can take it…it’s a sporting rule not a rule I like”.

Knocked off, McLeod would finish 8th in the costal city of Gdynia, and slides down the season points standings to 5th behind Australia’s Matt Hall. Hannes Arch pulled off another commanding win, with Nigel Lamb in second, and Matt Hall Rounding out the podium.

This is the second race in a row that ended with Pete being disqualified. But the youngest racer on the circuit is already thinking about the next event in Ascot UK Aug 16-17. “The next race will be a different story, I am a guy who pushes to the limit…I am not out here for a Sunday drive, and when you run MaxPower you are always close to the line.”

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Photo: Sebastian Marko
 
Gdynia Broadcast Schedule
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 06:47




Race Day – Sunday July 27, 2014

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm CEST  (Local Gdynia, Poland time)

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

Central Daylight Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
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A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day from Round 4 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Gdynia, Poland. 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 Gdynia, Poland 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.  

Qualification and race results along with a full race recap will be posted on PeteMcLeodRacing.com following the race.

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McLeod Looks to Reclaim Podium in Poland
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:40
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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
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:54
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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 www.redbullairrace.com
 
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