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GRC Supercar and GRC Lites Detroit race recap
Written by GRC    Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:49    PDF Print E-mail
Red Bull Global Rallycross made its debut in Detroit on a .757-mile course on Belle Isle, which hosted the series’ second doubleheader of the 2015 season. Ken Block took his record-setting sixth career victory on Saturday, while Patrik Sandell earned his first win of the year on Sunday.
 
SATURDAY RECAP: Ken Block and Patrik Sandell each won their first round heat and semifinal to earn front row starting spots on Saturday, setting them up to renew their season-long battle for fastest driver and vehicle in the sport. At the start of the race, Sandell jumped out to the lead, while Block settled into second and Scott Speed chased them from third.
 
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for Sandell—with three laps to go, a driveshaft failure saw him drop from the lead. Block managed to get by cleanly and quickly, cementing his third victory of the year, while Speed and Sebastian Eriksson would complete the podium.
 
SUNDAY RECAP: Nelson Piquet Jr. earned Sunday’s pole position, but it was once again Sandell who proved to be the top driver by winning both his heat and semifinal. Speed took a first round heat win, and appeared to be on the way to a semifinal win before teammate Tanner Foust made a daring pass in the final corners.
The main event saw an aborted first start when multiple cars made contact between turns one and two, leaving Foust’s vehicle disabled in the racing line. Block was given a rough driving penalty and moved from the second row to the back of the grid, and with two of his biggest challengers eliminated, Sandell used the second chance to lead from start to finish.
 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (I), the fifth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
 
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (II), the sixth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
 
 
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (II), the sixth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “We have a fantastic car—my team has put together the perfect package for me, and we’ve been able to be fast for a while now, but we hadn’t been able to get all the way to the finish. Yesterday we had a small problem with the car and had to retire in the final, but today Bryan Herta, his guys, and Kobalt Tools just put everything together for me. I’m so happy for them—this victory goes to them.”
 
Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “Obviously after three DNFs in a row, the championship is far away, but we have to do what we can do round by round to finish on the podium and collect points. I’m super pumped that Patrik won—honestly, he’s deserved one of these so far this year. I’m happy for those guys, and happy for our Volkswagen Andretti Beetle! We’ve clearly got the pace and we’ll be a force for sure.”
 
Sebastian Eriksson, Driver, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST: “We’re looking at the big picture, but we need to take it step by step, round by round, and score as many points as possible. We’ve got some work to do, both me as a driver and the setup of the car, to find some more speed on these tracks and challenge the others for victories late in the season.”
 
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit, the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
• Ken Block earned the sixth victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career in Saturday’s event, a Supercar record for Red Bull GRC-sanctioned rallycross events. Block also holds the record for most Red Bull GRC heat and semifinal victories with 38.
 
• Patrik Sandell’s victory on Sunday was the second of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career and the first for Bryan Herta Rallysport since its establishment earlier this year.
 
• Scott Speed earned his second and third podiums of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season by finishing second in both Detroit races. Each of his podium finishes in Red Bull GRC events has been a runner-up result. Speed also earned a gold medal at the X Games Austin invitational round.
 
• Sebastian Eriksson became the only driver to podium in all four doubleheader rounds so far this year by virtue of a pair of third place finishes. Eriksson finished third and first in Daytona last month.
 
• Steve Arpin missed his first Red Bull GRC main event of the year on Sunday by virtue of a fifth place finish in the last chance qualifier. He was scored with an 11th place finish overall.
 
OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
 
Ken Block, 260
Sebastian Eriksson, 234
Austin Dyne, 195
Joni Wiman, 185
Scott Speed, 180
Nelson Piquet Jr., 178
Steve Arpin, 161
Patrik Sandell, 157
Tanner Foust, 139
Brian Deegan, 76
Sverre Isachsen, 61
Bucky Lasek, 51
Victor Gonzalez Jr., 17
Jeff Ward, ineligible for points
 
OFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:
 
Ford, 29
Volkswagen, 24
Subaru, 19
 
GRC Lites
 
GRC Lites approached the halfway point of its 2015 season with a doubleheader round in Detroit on the streets of Belle Isle. A pair of first-time winners, Tanner Whitten on Saturday and Miles Maroney on Sunday, shook up an already-tight championship chase.
 
SATURDAY RECAP: As the championship leader, Tanner Whitten started Saturday’s event from the pole thanks to a cancellation of qualifying on Friday. But he made sure to make the most of it by winning his heat race to start on the inside of the front row alongside Oliver Eriksson, the winner of the other heat.
 
Whitten jumped out to the lead from the onset in the main event, with Eriksson settling in behind him before mistakes on course allowed other drivers to get by. Austin Cindric was determined to hold onto second place, but an aggressive move from Miles Maroney on the final lap allowed him to get past.
 
SUNDAY RECAP: Eriksson had an opportunity at redemption by qualifying on the pole on Sunday, but it was Maroney and Alejandro Fernandez who won two heat races each to start on the front row of the main event. They settled into first and second by the end of the first lap as contact at the front of the field ended four drivers’ days early.
 
Fernandez chased Maroney down the entire event, but couldn’t quite make it past the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver. At the line, Maroney took the victory by .161 seconds in one of the closest finishes in GRC Lites history. Cindric again placed third, allowing him to jump to the championship lead.
 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (I), the fifth round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE
 
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (II), the sixth round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
Nur Ali, #42 AF Racing
Brian Wong, #89 Rhys Millen Racing
 
 
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit (II), the sixth round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GRC Lites: “I’ve been up on the podium twice, so it’s hard not to like this track! There’s a lot of pavement, and I have an open wheel and sports car background, so that definitely helped. My guys have worked so hard all weekend through a lot of mechanical stuff—we worked hard as a team to have a great weekend. So hopefully this is the first win of many to come!”
 
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing GRC Lites: “Every time we go out on track, we’re just working at it a little bit, gaining tenths and working on the car to get the best out of it. I’ve just been gaining confidence in myself in the car all year.”
 
Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE GRC Lites: “My crew did a really great job for me—they worked really hard all day. Between other people’s decisions and some things that just didn’t go our way, we fought really hard for third place. I’m proud to be able to come away with it. All of these guys are figuring it out real quick, so there are five or six of these guys who are really tight in points. It’s going to be a great rest of the season.”
 
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit, the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
• Tanner Whitten and Miles Maroney each earned their first career GRC Lites victories during the Detroit doubleheader weekend, becoming the fourth and fifth different winners in six races in 2015. Each of this year’s five winners earned their first career GRC Lites victory this season.
 
• Austin Cindric’s pair of third place finishes marked his third and fourth podium results of the year and the sixth and seventh of his GRC Lites career. He holds the points lead for the first time since after the season-opening race in Fort Lauderdale.
 
• Alejandro Fernandez returned to the podium for the first time since Daytona (I) in June. He jumped from fourth in the championship to second over the course of the weekend.
 
• Nur Ali (fourth), Brian Wong (fifth), and Collete Davis (sixth) all earned the best finishes of their GRC Lites careers in Sunday’s final.
 
• Local driver Alex Keyes (Brighton, MI) finished ninth in Saturday’s main event. He did not participate in any Sunday sessions due to mechanical issues with his vehicle.
 
OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
 
Austin Cindric, 247
Alejandro Fernandez, 243
Miles Maroney, 242
Tanner Whitten, 231
Oliver Eriksson, 216
Alex Keyes, 132
Nur Ali, 121
Harry Cheung, 98
Collete Davis, 82
Geoff Sykes, 62
Brian Wong, 53
Jackie Heinricher, 45
Gavin Harlien, 36
Conner Martell, 22
Duncker Felix Jr., 7






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