Red Bull Pilot McLeod Spins But No Rolls

  • Oct 27, 2015 1:10pm GMT

Some race car drivers make good pilots but I haven't heard of too many doing it the other way round. Garmin sponsored Red Bull Air Race Pilot Pete McLeod gives it a try on Austria's Red Bull Ring in a KTM X-Bow. He experiences a couple of good spins but luckily no rolls or tumbles.

The race circuit was founded as Österreichring and hosted the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix for 18 consecutive years, from 1970 to 1987. It was later shortened, rebuilt and renamed the A1-Ring and hosted the Austrian Grand Prix again from 1997 to 2003.

When Formula One outgrew the circuit a plan was drawn up to extend the layout. Parts, including the pits and main grandstand, were demolished but construction work was stopped and the circuit remained unusable for several years before it was purchased by Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz and rebuilt. Renamed the Red Bull Ring, Formula One returned to the circuit in the 2014 season as did the Red Bull Air Races.

VIDEO1 Garmin: Garmin Sponsored Red Bull Air Race pilot Pete McLeod drives a KTM X-Bow at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

VIDEO 2 Infinity Red Bull Racing: A new CGI film featuring four times World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Young Gun Daniel Ricciardo racing round the Red Bull Ring is now available. Driving RB10s, Daniel and Sebastian explain the track's unique characteristics as they dual around the 4.3km circuit. As the Red Bull racers contend with changing weather conditions, they explain the circuit's elevation changes, the four best overtaking opportunities, the track's nine corners and the four high-speed stretches. In certain sections of the circuit, Sebastian's RB10 becomes transparent, showing the intricate inner details of his 2014 race car.

VIDEO 3 All Things Aero / Red Bull Air Race: Mike Mangold takes you on a flight around the Spielberg track for an explanation.