TMS Media Relations | Sep 05, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 5, 2014) - Canadian pilot Pete McLeod was at the top of the time sheets Friday in the third training session for the Red Bull Air Race at Texas Motor Speedway. McLeod, the youngest pilot in the field at 30, was clearly pleased to post the fastest time in the most important training session on a sweltering Fort Worth afternoon ahead of Saturday's Qualifying session for the sixth stop of the eight-round 2014 World Championship.
The Canadian, who had finished a disappointing 11th in the previous race in Ascot after taking first in Qualifying, battle the tricky winds over the infield and stopped the clock in 54.728 seconds on the high-speed, low-altitude course set up on “The Great American Speedway!”
Australia’s Matt Hall was a close second in the third session, stopping the clock in 54.940 seconds, while Britain's Paul Bonhomme took third in 55.026 seconds and his countryman Nigel Lamb was fourth.
Corpus Christi native Kirby Chambliss was seventh while Michael Goulian of Massachusetts took 11th place. Austria's Hannes Arch, the current leader in the World Championship points, was a distant ninth.
Grandstand gates open at 9 a.m. CT Saturday and competition begins at Noon. The Challenger Class will train and compete in two races while the elite Master Class will have a training/practice session and qualifying to set the field for Sunday’s championship racing. Beginning at Noon CT Sunday, the Masters pilots will have three competitions – Top 12, Super 8 and Final 4 – to determine the race champion.
The dramatic, high-flying action over the two days will take place inside and above Texas Motor Speedway as the frontstretch grandstands provide a perfect view of the course that is set up above the middle of the infield and the Turn 2 and 3 side of the facility. The plane hangars are situated on pit lane, directly across from the grandstands.
Race event tickets, which are good for both days of action, begin as low as $39 for unreserved grandstand seating and $59 for reserved. The Red Bull Air Race Championship also has luxurious options such as the Race Club ($350) and Sky Lounge ($950). Parking is $10 daily.
To purchase tickets or for additional information, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
Pictures: Joerg Mitter, Sebastian Marko, Balazs Gardi, Andreas Schaad, Christian Pondella, Garth Milan