Pete McLeod showed that he's got what it takes to win in the Red Bull Air Race as he set the fastest time in the Round of 8. Here's how the heats went down...
Dolderer vs Goulian
Matthias Dolderer had a nightmare of a run picking up four seconds' worth of penalties – two for flying too high in Gate 4 and another two at Gate 6 for incorrect level flying. He basically handed the heat to Goulian. Michael Goulian did take it easier, but he was able to breeze past Dolderer, beating him by 2.330s.
Brageot vs Sonka
Mika Brageot set an extremely competitive time of 56.694s, and would have left the track feeling confident – especially when he saw Sonka enter the track at a slow 195kts. But Sonka knows how to keep the energy in his raceplane and was able to put in a stunning time that was more than half a second faster than Brageot.
Le Vot vs McLeod
François Le Vot has been flying consistently well all week, and set a 57.226s lap for McLeod to beat. Pete McLeod has been setting faster times than Le Vot and knew what he had to do when he flew into the track. The Canadian was smooth in the track and was 1.224s quicker than his French rival, making it into the Final 4 for the first time this year.
Velarde vs Hall
Juan Velarde was visibly disappointed after his Round of 8 run – he set a slow 57.578s run for Hall to beat. Hall has been flying well today and was the only pilot to break the 56s barrier. He was slower than Velarde at the first split time, but by the second split he was almost a second quicker. And by the time he crossed the finish line he won his heat by 1.286s.
Chiba 2018 Round of 8 results