Paul Bonhomme of Britain and Austria's Hannes
Arch, who were locked in a tight battle for the
title with Lamb, both struggled on the
high-speed, low-altitude track with unusual
mistakes in the heavy winds and would have been
eliminated in the Top 12 round had the race
continued on to the Super 8.
"This shows that Qualifying is important -- we
all know that weather can be a factor. You
always want to race on race day," said McLeod,
who has won four of the seven Qualifying
sessions this season but had just two third
place results, in Abu Dhabi and Fort
to show for it. "I'm happy with my flying in
Qualifying so it's something to smile about. I
still want to earn my first win in the Final
The overall World Championship lead changed
hands in Las Vegas, for the fourth time in the series'
exciting season ever, with Lamb leaping over
Bonhomme into first place with 53 championship
points. Arch is in second with 48 points and
Bonhomme fell to third with 47 points going into
the final race of the season in Spielberg,
on October 25-26.