McLeod Finishes Out the Season In Las Vegas
The 2015 Red Bull Air Race season came to an end last weekend in Las Vegas with Australian Matt Hall taking home the first place spot, followed by Briton Paul Bonhomme in second and Matthias Dolderer of Germany in third. This capped another overall championship campaign for Bonhomme, his third overall.
Team Garmin pilot Pete McLeod went into the weekend looking to build toward the future. “Being the last race of the season, and being out of the hunt for the championship, the approach is really on 2016. What that means for this weekend is to go out there and have a solid race, put a cap on the solid progression for 2015 and make sure we’re all in the right spirit and mindset heading into ’16,” McLeod said.
McLeod finished the qualifying round in eleventh place, pitting him against the Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff in the Round of 14. The Canadian put down a solid track time, but received a two-second penalty for incorrect level of flight while passing through an air gate. Ivanoff took the round advanced to the Round of 8 where he ultimately lost to Matthias Dolderer. McLeod finished out the 2015 season placing eighth in the overall championship standings.
Pete discussed his plans to come back even better and faster for the next Red Bull Air Race season. “After this, I’m going to head up north, do a little hunting and spend some time in the outdoors – but only for a few days. Then we’re going to be right back at it, getting the airplane back home to start working on it and doing some testing, and ironing out some of the bugs from this year trying to make sure we’re showing up fast in Abu Dhabi in February,” McLeod said. His Zivko Edge 540 race plane suffered from poor engine performance for much of the 2015 season.
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