Monday, 11 May 2015 04:26
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is making its debut in the Land of the Rising Sun when the series visits Chiba Japan for Round 2 on May 16-17 2015.
The Chiba precinct is the birthplace of civil aviation in Japan, and the Red Bull Air Race will join the long list of firsts for the iconic and booming Tokyo Bay region. “It’s my first time in Japan and I’ll admit this is the location I’ve been most looking forward to this year. Japan has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit, so to have a chance to race here is amazing. I think the people of Japan will be surprised at the high level of excitement a live race has to offer!” responded McLeod when asks for his thoughts on racing in Japan.
Garmin Racing’s Pete McLeod will have to use every bit of his experience to maintain his 3rd place position in the standings. McLeod is always one to push the limit and his flying style has, at time, taken him past the limit; incurring some penalties that hurt his 2014 point total. McLeod will be under increased pressure within the fast Chiba track to lay down smooth, clean and consistent laps throughout the entire weekend, especially considering the concerns over engine performance voiced in the season opener.
“At first look the track in Japan is not overly technical and looks like it could shape up to be a track favouring a fast race plane. After Abu Dhabi, its no secret I’m wasn’t happy with the performance of my engine despite a strong result. I ended up with a good bracket for that race, worked my way through it with clean flying and good strategy – basically taking full advantage of the new format - but I worry that might not be enough for success in Japan.” said McLeod.
If McLeod’s strategy pays off, he’ll hope to carry the momentum directly into the next race two weeks later in Croatia when the series returns to Rovinj.