He's looking to jump up from a 3rd place finish here in 2014 and he's off to a great start... he's in the green and smooth through the chicane but now he's in the red... no!
That is one happy Canadian! It's 58.843! That is a podium guaranteed for McLeod!
Hall posted a 57s time earlier today but what can we expect now? It's all to play for and he should make that podium with ease
Cleared into the track!
197kts into the track and he's off the pace of McLeod but he prepares for his second circuit and it's the green showing! Wow, it could go either way here!
57.871 for Hall and big smiles from him!
His time is faster than Bonhomme's from the last round and he could take that top spot. But we have our former two-time World Champion up next and although he's playing it cool, he wants his title back this year
Last pilot to race here in Abu Dhabi... here we go!
Hall or Bonhomme for the win!
IN THE GREEN! Smooth as ever and next split time is green too! It could be a repeat in history today...
On the home stretch and it's a WIN for Paul Bonhomme! 57.787 in one of the most tense finals we've seen!
It's Bonhomme, Hall and McLeod on the podium in Abu Dhabi for 2015!
Matt Hall is edged out into second place but it's a great start to the season for the Australian!
Pete McLeod:It's been a challenging race for us getting the plane going... to come out with a podium finish is great... two days ago we didn't think it was possible.
Podium: Bonhomme 1st, Hall 2nd, McLeod 3rd
Matt Hall:Happy to be on the podium but to be that close is frustrating. To miss 0.8s in the end is about a metre off the plane length. We were always hanging about half a second off the pace last year. This year it's about flying smoothly and letting the winglets do their job
Paul Bonhomme:I think the other teams are slow coming out of the blocks when the season starts
Time to celebrate for McLeod, Hall and Bonhomme here in Abu Dhabi! What a day of action and flying on the edge until the very last Finish Gate!