“It was a great week for me. The busy-ness of this track definitely helped me given my style and my raceplane. It’s not the fastest airplane out there, so there was room to fly to a better time,” said McLeod, who is looking forward to the next stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the closest race of the season to his home in Ontario. “Going into the States, let’s hope we’ll see more of the same. It’s been a tough season for me, so I’m pretty happy. I'll take the positives and consistency from this race and try to build on that. If I fly like I did this weekend, anything’s possible.”
It was the second consecutive one-two finish for Hall and Dolderer, and the Australian is whittling away at the overall lead that his German opponent has held since April. The result bounced Hall, who finished second on the World Championship podium in 2015, just ahead of 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch on the leaderboard, and while neither pilot can overtake Dolderer’s substantial points advantage in a single race alone, there are two stops left in the season. The drama will commence with the Red Bull Air Race debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by the season final in Las Vegas; and American Kirby Chambliss, currently at fourth overall, is also looking to make a move in his home races.
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Results Master Class EuroSpeedway Lausitz: 1. Matt Hall (AUS), 2. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 3. Pete McLeod (CAN), 4. Martin Sonka (CZE), 5. Hannes Arch (AUT), 6. Michael Goulian (USA), 7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 8. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 9. Juan Velarde (ESP), 10. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 11. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 12. François Le Vot (FRA), 13. Peter Podlunšek (SLO), 14. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
World Championship Standings after EuroSpeedway Lausitz: 1. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 65.25 pts, 2. Matt Hall (AUS) 48.75 pts, 3. Hannes Arch (AUT) 41.00 pts, 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 30.25 pts, 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 30 pts, 6. Martin Šonka (CZE) 27 pts, 7. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 25.75 pts, 8. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 25.50 pts, 9. Pete McLeod (CAN) 21.50 pts, 10. Michael Goulian (USA) 18.75 pts, 11. Juan Velarde (ESP) 11.25 pts, 12. François Le Vot (FRA) 10.00 pts, 13. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 4.00 pts, 14. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 2.00 pts