McLeod On the Podium in Fort Worth
Canadian Red Bull Race pilot Pete McLeod put in another strong performance on a hot and humid Texas afternoon for his second third-place finish of the 2014 series. France’s Nicolas Ivanoff came first and Britain’s Nigel Lamb was second.
“I went as fast as I could out there today without risking too much. I flew really consistently all day long and went all out in the Final 4. I didn’t leave anything on the table so I’m happy,” he said. Mcleod’s podium finishes and three pole position qualifying wins have established him as one of the top competitors in the field.
McLeod’s aggressive flying style leaves no room for error, and today it paid off for the youngest pilot in the Masters Class.
The race in Fort Worth, where some 40,000 spectators witnessed the weekend action, was one of the most exciting this season. There were 45 pylon hits during the two days of action-packed training on one of the most challenging tracks ever with its tight turns and difficult stadium wind conditions.
With improved wind conditions on Sunday, there were no Race Day pylon hits as the pilots expertly sped through the track at speeds of nearly 370 km/h pulling up to 10G. Heat was also a factor as temperatures soared into the high 30s C.
The overall Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle has tightened dramatically after six races. Paul Bonhomme, of the U.K. moved ahead of Hannes Arch in the overall lead on 45 points thanks to his fifth place finish, while Arch, who finished eighth, slipped into a two-way tie for second place overall with Lamb on 44 points. McLeod slipped to 6th just two points behind Ivanoff.
The next race of the eight-stop championship will be held in Las Vegas on October 11-12.
Results: 1. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 2. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 3. Pete McLeod (CAN), 4. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 5. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 6. Matt Hall (AUS), 7. Martin Sonka (CZE), 8. Hannes Arch (AUT), 9. Yosihide Muroya (JPN), 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Michael Goulian (USA) 12. Peter Besenyei (HUN) World Championship Standings: 1. Bonhomme 45 points, 2. Arch 44, 3. Lamb 44, 4. Hall 28, 5. Ivanoff 27, 6. McLeod 25, 7. Dolderer 14, 8. Muroya 10, 9. Sonka 10, 10. Besenyei 6, 11. Chambliss 5, 12. Goulian 0.
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