McLeod Reaches Round of 8 in Texas Red Bull Air Race


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Team Garmin pilot Pete McLeod arrived in the Lone Star state last week with one thing in mind – to reclaim the success afforded to him by the American Red Bull Air Race courses in 2014.

The weekend provided typical hot and humid Texas weather, and the competition turned out to be equally as heated. McLeod began Saturday with an impressive third fastest qualifying run, bested by only Matthias Dolderer of Germany and Yoshihide Muroya of Japan. This squared him up against American Michael Goulian in the Round of 14.  A clean, penalty-free run from McLeod helped edge Goulian by nearly one full second, advancing the Canadian to the Round of 8 against British contender Paul Bonhomme. Bonhomme is a two-time world champion and the current leader in the 2015 championship standings.

McLeod started the round on a record pace, posting the fastest lap time of the two-lap race. Unfortunately he was hit with a penalty during the second lap for exceeding the sustained 10G limit, disqualifying him from the race. Bonhomme took the round, and eventually the Fort Worth race as the Briton extended his lead in the World Championship standings. Matt Hall of Australia placed second, while Yoshihide Muroya of Japan finished third.

The next and final stop on the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship tour will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada October 17-18, a place McLeod is very familiar with. It’s the site of his first and only career Red Bull Air Race win. 

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