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Tanner Foust regained the Red Bull Global Rallycross
Tanner Foust regained the Red Bull Global Rallycross points lead in the series’ return to Seattle at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday. He grabbed his career-best fourth victory of 2016 in the final, holding off the Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE duo of Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman.
HEAT RECAPS: Foust and Steve Arpin won Friday’s first round heats, while Foust and Sebastian Eriksson took the second round heats. The latter duo also won a chaotic semifinal round, which saw Scott Speed pull off early after rear-ending Chris Atkinson when his hood flew up and obscured his windshield. Every driver in the stacked last chance qualifier was a former Supercar race winner, but not all could make the final; in the end, Patrik Sandell found himself the odd man out, with Joni Wiman the session winner.
MAIN EVENT RECAP: Foust and Eriksson continued their strong performances by getting off the line quickly in the final and asserting first and second. A poor start for Chris Atkinson bunched up the outside of the field, allowing Wiman to get around and take third place.
The podium was settled fairly early on, but there were plenty of battles behind them for position. Early issues for Austin Dyne and David Higgins eliminated them from the battle for the victory early on. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan were locked in a battle for fifth that ended with Deegan fading late and relinquishing sixth to a resurgent Atkinson. Speed, meanwhile, recovered from his semifinal incident and LCQ appearance to post a fourth place result.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:
1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
2. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
3. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
4. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
6. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
7. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
9. David Higgins, #75 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
11. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “it’s a pleasure to be back here. I love you guys and the fans here are absolutely awesome. I was lucky enough to come back about a month ago and across the country the fans are the best. I see so many familiar faces over the last decade of racing. But the track was gnarly. It was weird to go the normal Nascar way around the track. The drift track was the other direction. All the teams had a big battle. Volkswagen and Andretti pulled it off and it was spectacular. It was really great to see so many new fans to a sport that I really believe in. I think there’s a long future, so hope to see you again next year!”
Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “It’s been a tough season for us, but to come here with some new parts on the car and get a great result worked out really well. I’m happy for all the team and all the hard work they’ve put into it.”
Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “I’m really happy with the result. We went through the LCQ and we had a very good start in the final and got up to third. I really had to put my head down, battle, and drive as fast as I could in the LCQ. I wanted to do more than third today, but we’re still really happy.”
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:
· Tanner Foust earned the record 11th victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career in Saturday’s final at Evergreen Speedway. It was also his career-best fourth victory of the season, and saw him extend his heat and semifinal victory streak to an all-time record 25 in a row.
· Foust’s victory enabled Volkswagen to clinch its first Red Bull GRC Manufacturer’s Championship before the season-ending doubleheader in Los Angeles. Volkswagen has taken seven victories so far in the 2016 season.
· Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman each earned season-best finishes for Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE in second and third, respectively. It was the first double podium for Honda since joining Red Bull GRC earlier this season.
· Scott Speed’s fourth place finish represented the first time since Daytona (I) in June that he missed the podium.
· Chris Atkinson gave Subaru Rally Team USA its best finish of the season with a sixth place result. For the first time in 2016, all Subarus entered in the event made it to the main event without going through the last chance qualifier. Fellow Subaru driver David Higgins finished ninth.
· Patrik Sandell missed the main event of a Red Bull GRC race for the first time since 2015’s season finale in Las Vegas.
UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
1. Tanner Foust, 465*
2. Scott Speed, 452*
3. Steve Arpin, 399*
4. Brian Deegan, 373*
5. Patrik Sandell, 357*
6. Sebastian Eriksson, 317
7. Joni Wiman, 290
8. Austin Dyne, 176
9. Jeff Ward, 134
10. Rhys Millen, 96
11. Nelson Piquet Jr., 63
12. Chris Atkinson, 39
13. Bucky Lasek, 34
14. Sverre Isachsen, 19
15. David Higgins, 15
16. Kevin Eriksson, 4
17. Sebastian Saavedra, 3
*mathematically eligible for championship
UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:
1. Volkswagen, 42*
2. Ford, 35
3. Honda, 30
4. Subaru, 8
GRC Lites Race Recap: Seattle
IN BRIEF: In front of numerous local fans cheering him on, Conner Martell gave DirtFish Motorsports a hometown victory in Saturday’s GRC Lites final at Evergreen Speedway. After a scrum in the dirt midway through the main event, Olsbergs MSE X Forces drivers Oliver Eriksson and Miki Weckstrom climbed to second and third to complete the podium.
HEAT RECAPS: Martell dominated from start to finish on the weekend, winning the pole and sweeping both of his heats. Tanner Whitten won the other first-round heat, but a chaotic second-round session saw Eriksson grab the other victory on offer. An early incident in the last chance qualifier took out series newcomers James Rimmer and Scott Anderson, allowing Travis PeCoy to lead all four remaining drivers into the final.
MAIN EVENT RECAP: Like clockwork, Martell pounced into the lead at the start of the final, with many of the series’ top drivers behind him. The AF Racing Team duo of Christian Brooks and PeCoy, Eriksson, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Whitten and Cabot Bigham found themselves shuffling around in the top six spots.
But before most drivers could truly settle in, an incident in Turn 2 shuffled the entire pack. Contact between Brooks, Bigham, and PeCoy left the first two drivers stranded in the dirt and ended PeCoy’s hopes of a second straight podium, while Whitten also fell out of the running with damage. As Martell continued extending his advantage, Eriksson inherited and held onto second, while Weckstrom used his Joker Lap to climb to third.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:
1. Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports
2. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
3. Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
4. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing Team
5. Cole Keatts, #53 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
6. Travis PeCoy, #3 AF Racing Team
7. Jon Bennett, #54 CORE autosport
8. Tanner Whitten, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
9. Christian Brooks, #44 AF Racing Team
10. Cabot Bigham, #2 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
11. Scott Anderson, #56 CORE autosport
12. James Rimmer, #25 DirtFish Motorsports
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:
Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports: “This track fit me really well. We did some testing here before the year started, and I’m a dirt kind of guy, so it was pretty good. This win means more than anything—it’s awesome to have everybody here from DirtFish. Thanks so much to everybody for coming out!”
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “I have to thank my team at OMSE for giving me a chance to win, thank you guys. The track was so rough, but we got second, and we’re heading into Los Angeles with the points lead, so I’m stoked!”
Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “First of all, thank you everybody for coming here this weekend! You’ve been the best crowd we had the whole season. After all the setbacks we had during the weekend, starting last in my semifinal, and dealing with the challenging weather conditions, third is what we ended up with. I’m still fighting for the championship so it’s going to be two intense days in the LA finale.”
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:
· Conner Martell took his second victory of the 2016 GRC Lites season, and the second of his career, at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday.
· Oliver Eriksson earned his fifth podium of 2016 by finishing second in the main event. Eriksson is now the Lites points leader for the first time since clinching the championship in last year’s season finale.
· Miki Weckstrom’s third place finish was his sixth podium of 2016. No driver in the Lites class has more podium finishes than the Finnish rookie.
· Cole Keatts made the first main event appearance of his Lites career, earning a season-best fifth-place finish to put all three Olsbergs MSE X Forces cars in the top five.
· Tanner Whitten missed the Lites podium for the first time in his four starts in 2016 by placing eighth on in the main event. Whitten ran as high as third in the final before pulling off course with damage.
· Cabot Bigham posted his first DNF of 2016 with a 10th place finish on Saturday.
· Drivers Scott Anderson (CORE autosport) and James Rimmer (DirtFish Motorsports) made their Lites debuts in Seattle. Both drivers missed the main event after an incident in the last chance qualifier.
UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
1. Oliver Eriksson, 378*
2. Cabot Bigham, 353*
3. Miki Weckstrom, 349*
4. Conner Martell, 327*
5. Christian Brooks, 226
6. Travis PeCoy, 205
7. Alejandro Fernandez, 194
8. Tanner Whitten, 188
9. Alex Keyes, 178
10. Colin Braun, 106
11. Collete Davis, 94
12. Parker Chase, 85
13. Harry Gottsacker, 85
14. Trenton Estep, 57
15. Blake “Bilko” Williams, 55
16. Jon Bennett, 51
17. Cole Keatts, 47
18. Sandra Hultgren, 36
19. Preston Murray, 33
20. Scott Anderson, 5
21. Nur Ali, 3
22. James Rimmer, 2
*mathematically eligible for championship
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