Sky's the limit for Canadian Red Bull Air Race pilot



    
               --Rookie Pete McLeod scores first point of the
                     six-stop championship on home turf--
    

    WINDSOR, ON, June 14 /CNW/ - Today, rookie Pete McLeod - the youngest and
first-ever Canadian to compete in the Red Bull Air Race Championship - scored
a personal victory earning his first point of the season. To the delight of
215,000 cheering spectators, McLeod landed an 11th place finish overall in
Windsor, Ontario - the third stop of the six-city championship. This is the
first time Red Bull Air Race has landed on Canadian soil. Last year, the race
straddled two countries with Windsor and Detroit simultaneously playing host.
    "As a rookie, it's a major milestone for my career to have earned my
first championship point but to have earned it here in Canada makes it that
much better," said Pete McLeod. "The energy from my home country and fans in
Windsor has been just spectacular. This energy has not only been positive for
me but for the whole race team."
    Britain's Paul Bonhomme took home a thrilling win over rival Hannes Arch
of Austria securing a dozen points to maintain his second place standing. Even
though most of the frontrunners struggled to avoid penalties on the windy,
turn-filled course straddling the Canada-U.S. border, Bonhomme managed to fly
a series of flawless runs to the Final 4 and was then once again in a class by
himself, posting a winning time of 1:08.16 on the 15-gate course. Arch was
second, 1.15 seconds behind, and Chambliss took third.
    "This was by far the hardest race I've ever won if you look at the times
the other guys have been posting all week," said Bonhomme. He said he was
relieved that he just missed touching a pylon on the final run. "There were
times when I thought I was going to hit a pylon. You just have to push. If you
want to win this thing you have to go to the limit. That's the difference
between winning or losing: missing the pylon by one millimetre or just hitting
it by one millimetre. But we made it. I'm very pleased."
    Bonhomme became the pilot with the most number of wins, since the Red
Bull Air Race World Championship began, with his ninth victory and first since
Perth, Australia in 2008. Mangold is second in the all-time standings with
eight career wins. Arch, who won the first race in Abu Dhabi and was third in
San Diego, leads the championship with 33 points ahead of Bonhomme on 32 and
Nicolas Ivanoff of France in third with 24.
    This third stop was also a triumph for the three Americans. Chambliss,
the 2006 world champion, got the first podium of the season after struggling
with just three points in the first two races thanks to his powerful new
engine while Mike Mangold, a two-time champion in 2005 and 2007, got his
campaign back on track with a season-best fourth place. Michael Goulian also
made a big jump higher, climbing to sixth after coming 14th in the first two
races in Abu Dhabi and San Diego.
    Windsor was nevertheless a disappointment for Ivanoff. The stylish
Frenchman was off to the best start in his career with third in Abu Dhabi and
a victory in San Diego but after a bad run in the Top 12, picking up a pair of
two-second penalties left him back in ninth place. Australia's rookie
sensation Matt Hall fell to seventh place after taking fifth in his first two
races. Hall had two pylon hits in his Super 8 run, including one spectacular
direct hit that forced him into a safety climb out.
    A total of 290,000 spectators attended the weekend's racing in Windsor
for Canada's inaugural race. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship heads to
Europe for the next stop in Budapest, Hungary on August 19th and 20th.

    
    Date : Monday, June 15, 2009
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    Tuesday June 16 , 2009
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    Results - Red Bull Air Race - Windsor, Ontario

    1.   Paul Bonhomme (GBR)     (Final 4)  1:08.16  12 points
    2.   Hannes Arch (AUT)       (Final 4)  1:09.31  10 points
    3.   Kirby Chambliss (USA)   (Final 4)  1:10.19  10 points (incl. Quali-
                                                                fying point)
    4.   Mike Mangold (USA)      (Final 4)  1:12.92  8 points
    5.   Sergey Rakhmanin (RUS)  (Super 8)  1:22.93  7 points
    6.   Michael Goulian (USA)   (Super 8)  SCO      6 points
    7.   Matt Hall (AUS)         (Super 8)  SCO      5 points
    8.   Nigel Lamb (GBR)        (Super 8)  DSQ      4 points
    9.   Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)   (Top 12)   1:14.45  3 points
    10.  Alejandro Maclean (ESP) (Top 12)   1:15.59  2 points
    11.  Pete McLeod (CAN)       (Top 12)   1:16.48  1 point
    12.  Glen Dell (RSA)         (Top 12)   1:18.87  0 points
    13.  Matthias Dolderer (GER) (Top 12)   DSQ      0 points
    14.  Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)             DNS      0 points
    15.  Peter Besenyei (HUN)               DNS      0 points


    Standings - 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship

    1.   Hannes Arch (AUT)       33 points
    2.   Paul Bonhomme (GBR)     32 points
    3.   Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)   24 points
    4.   Matt Hall (AUS)         19 points
    5.   Nigel Lamb (GBR)        18 points
    6.   Mike Mangold (USA)      18 points
    7.   Sergey Rakmanin (RUS)   17 points
    8.   Kirby Chambliss (USA)   13 points
    9.   Peter Besenyei (HUN)    10 points
    10.  Alejandro Maclean (ESP) 8 points
    11.  Michael Goulian (USA)   6 points
    12.  Glen Dell (RSA)         3 points
    13.  Matthias Dolderer (GER) 1 point
    14.  Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)  1 point
    15.  Pete McLeod (CAN)       1 point

    Full results available at www.redbullairracenewsroom.com
    






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For further information: Alana Lipton, Melissa Legaspi, Edelman, (416)
716-1552, (416) 786-8527, Alana.Lipton@Edelman.com,
Melissa.Legaspi@Edelman.com; Sonia Klinger, Josée Laperrière, Red Bull Canada,
(647) 283-7211, (647) 680-2855, sonia.klinger@ca.redbull.com,
josee.laperriere@ca.redbull.com

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