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Budapest, Hungary 2015 Broadcast Schedule
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Friday, 03 July 2015 17:41




Qualifying Day – Saturday July 4, 2015

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

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

* Note: Currently only available on redbullairrace.com


Race Day – Sunday July 5, 2015 

Eastern Standard Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Central Standard Time: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.



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A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on both qualifying and race day from Round 4 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. 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 Budapest, Hungary 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.

Be sure to follow Pete on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
 
McLeod Itching To Get Back On Podium After Coming Close In Croatia
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Friday, 03 July 2015 12:36

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – Team Garmin’s Pete McLeod is confident he can get back on the podium at the fourth stop of the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest this weekend after sorting out some problems getting the maximum power out of his engine. The Canadian ace was third in the season opener in Abu Dhabi but has been plagued by an under-performing engine and tough penalties at the wrong time.

“I’m feeling good coming to Budapest but I really don’t have the slightest idea how this race will go,” said McLeod, referring to the highly competitive field at the most spectacular race of the season on the race track set up in the heart of Budapest on the Danube River. “I really need to find myself back in the Final Four on Race Day. I should have been there at the last race in Rovinj.”

Indeed, McLeod was flying brilliantly in the Round of 8 after struggling at times in training and Qualifying. McLeod, who is seventh overall in the 14-pilot championship, seemed to be headed for the Final Four but got booked with what some thought was a harsh penalty that meant American rival Michael Goulian got to the finals.

“I thought I flew well on race day,” he said. “It was disappointing to get a penalty especially when I was so much faster than Goulian in the second lap. I flew the exact lines I wanted. That was as fast as I think I could have flown the track with my plane.”

McLeod and his team have been mystified that their engine – which is supposed to be a standardized power plant for all 14 teams – has not been as powerful on comparable parts of the track as others. The team is growing confident that engine, which they got new at the start of the season, has more power now.

“We think and hope the engine has started to break in,” he said. “It seems like the power gap between my plane and the others’ is closing a bit and that’s great. But the downside is we doubt that gap will disappear totally. That means I’ve been forced to fly very aggressive lines to have anything close to a competitive time. When you take those risks, penalties happen and they are punishing.”

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.

McLeod, who was a rookie in 2009 the last time the race was held in Budapest, said he was looking forward to the chance to fly in front of the big Hungarian crowds that line the banks of the Danube River and actually look down at times into the river bed to see the planes flying below them.

“I remember flying under the bridge at the start as the highlight of the course,” said McLeod, referring to the starting gate under the Chain Bridge in central Budapest where pilots have about an 8-meter gap between the river and the bridge to fly through. “I didn’t have a very good result but it was tough in 2009 being and rookie. I fully expect a better result here in 2015.”

 
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.

Be sure to follow Pete on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
 
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