Pete McLeod Racing 

McLeod 5th in Season Opening Race in Abu Dhabi
Saturday, 27 March 2010 13:01

In the hazy skies and extreme temperatures of Abu Dhabi, Pete McLeod captured a 5th place finish in the season opening race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. With this finished, Pete earned 7 world championship points and is currently ranked 5th of 15 teams in the overall standings. This is the best finish for any Canadian in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. 

“I’m exhausted from battling multiple rounds today in this heat, but today has been a great day for me and my team. The setup on the plane was perfect today and I was able to put down 2 clean runs. 5th place is great, but what is better is that we could have made a podium finish,” said Pete following the race. “2010 is off to a good start, I can’t wait to be back in the track in Perth and build on this success. The top teams now have their eye on us.” 

After qualifying in 13th spot, Pete was up against four other world class pilots in the wildcard round with only the two fastest planes advancing. Pete set the pace in the wildcard round and easily advanced to the Top 12. McLeod’s smooth flying and well tuned aircraft was able to survive temperatures in excess of 45 degrees C as many other teams struggled with the blistering heat. 

McLeod posted the second fastest net time of the day in the Top 8, 1:14.60, but 6 seconds of penalties cost the Canadian a chance to advance to the Final 4 by only seconds and ultimately prevented him from capturing his first podium. 

Hannes Arch captured the first world championship point of the season by setting the pace in qualifying but was disqualified during later competition. 2009 World Champion Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain continued his reign from the 2009 season winning the first race of the 2010 season over follow countryman Nigel Lamb. Pete Besenyei of Hungary and Michael Goulian of the United States finished third and fourth respectively. 

Full field race results are available by clicking on the results button. 

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves on to Perth Australia for the second race of the season on April 17/18. Windsor, Ontario, Canada is the fourth and only Canadian stop with the race scheduled for the weekend of June 5/6.

The PMR team will travel back to Canada for a few days before departing for Australia in early April.
Abu Dhabi Race Schedule
Thursday, 25 March 2010 18:50
Qualification Day – Friday March 26, 2010
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (local Abu Dhabi time)
Eastern Standard Time: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Central Standard Time: 6:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Race Day – Saturday March 27, 2010 
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (local Abu Dhabi time) 
Eastern Standard Time: 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. 
Central Standard Time: 5:00 – 7:00 a.m. 
Abu Dhabi Race Schedule

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available on race day and live data stream available on qualification day. Click the ‘watch live stream’ button on right side of page below the countdown clock, and a new window will open. Rogers SportsNet will air the Abu Dhabi race on tape-delay – timing to be confirmed.  Qualification and race results along with a full race recap will be posted on following the race.
Abu Dhabi Race Update: Hot and Fast
Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:20

After a week in Abu Dhabi, Pete McLeod Racing has made significant progress and is the talk of the race airport. Plane assembly took place under the hot Abu Dhabi sun and Pete has spent recent days reacquainting him self with track flying and the physical demands required by the world’s best pilots as they compete for the 2010 championship title.

Based on the results from the training runs, it looks like PMR has begun to close the performance gap in comparison to other teams and is turning heads doing it. At the end of the first official day of training, Pete found himself in 4th place.

The second day of training flights saw Pete collide with his first air gate of the season as he worked to find the fastest line through the track. “I’m stoked with the improved performance we have seen in training, we need to keep the momentum moving forward as we head into qualification and race day,” said McLeod. 

“It’s nice to be battling at the top of the field versus the bottom, if I eliminate the four seconds in penalties, I would be in 5th place,” says Pete as he sits in 9th place heading into qualification day tomorrow. Pete feels great about his personal fitness level and the plane’s improved performance in the training sessions. 

Keeping an eye on the other teams, it guarantees to be a competitive field from position 1 through 15 this year. The planes are running fast and everyone is pushing it to the max to establish their team early in the 2010 world championship season. 

“Come race day I suspect there is going to be some serious air gate carnage as guys will not be flying conservative lines in this fast and challenging track,” quipped Pete as he reviewed training run footage. “Only a few seconds will separate a podium finish and finishing at the back of the pack this season, penalty free racing will be rewarded.” 

Live streaming information can be found above and for additional PMR Abu Dhabi photos be sure to check out the Pete McLeod fan page on Facebook.
PMR and MBC Action Team Up in Abu Dhabi
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:49

Pete McLeod Racing is proud to announce MBC Action as an official partner for the 2010 season opening race in Abu Dhabi.

“There are great synergies between MBC Action and the PMR brand,” said Pete of the partnership. “It’s great to be working with a national TV station that viewers can instantly relate with once they see the MBC Action logo. I hope to provide MBC Action with great exposure throughout the week along with introducing PMR to a new audience.” 

Fans will notice the MBC Action decals on the EDGE 540 along with Pete’s flight suit and helmet while he’s in Abu Dhabi. MBC Action is a free-to-air satellite TV channel that screens action films and television programs. Programming on MBC Action is subtitled in Arabic. The channel launched on March 5, 2007 with the pilot episode of the TV series Lost which, along with Prison Break are two of MBC Action’s biggest shows. Viewers can catch action movies daily along with episodes of 24 and Pimp My Ride

“Sponsorship plays a huge role in any motorsport, to be a competitive team in the Red Bull Air Race, sponsorship support and funding is required,” said McLeod inspecting the new decals and flight suit. “PMR brings the attributes many brands are looking to align with and we’re excited to work with new partners in 2010. I had my top finish last year with the support of Caesars Windsor; It would be great to start the season off in the same way with MBC Action,” added McLeod. 

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2010 season are still available, for more information please contact the PMR team.

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