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GRC Lites: Barbados race preview
Written by GRC    Friday, 02 October 2015 19:47    PDF Print E-mail
GRC Lites makes its first-ever trip outside of the United States this weekend, joining the Supercars for a doubleheader round at Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados.
With numerous drivers in the immediate championship mix, it’s safe to say that whoever wins this weekend will probably head into Las Vegas with the championship advantage.
Wednesday, October 7, 4:30PM ET on NBC and
NBC Sports Group will be offering live streaming of the Global Rallycross Barbados race through the NBC Sports Live Extra app via desktop, mobile and tablet.
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2015 SPECTATOR GUIDE: Click here
LAST RACE: Olsbergs MSE swept both GRC Lites races at the Port of Los Angeles for the second consecutive year, but with a brand new pair of drivers, as Oliver Eriksson captured the flag on Saturday and Austin Cindric did so on Sunday. Cindric also finished second on Saturday to give the team its first 1-2 finish of the 2015 season.
DRIVER CHANGES: Freestyle motocross star Blake “Bilko” Williams joins Rhys Millen Racing to make his rallycross debut in Barbados, where he will race alongside Harry Cheung in the team’s second car. DirtFish’s Tanner Whitten will also be racing a different vehicle at Bushy Park, as his normal ride has been swapped for his test car for the weekend.
THE TRACK: At 1.102 miles, Bushy Park Circuit plays host to the largest course in Red Bull GRC history this weekend. The layout includes two new passing zones on the backside of the course, as well as a new camelback jump that will see drivers hit two jumps of different surfaces in quick succession. Click here for more information on the track.
WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR GRC LITES IN BARBADOS: When the first driver hits the track for practice on Friday morning, it will mark the start of the first GRC Lites event held outside of the United States in the three-year history of the class, currently spanning 24 races. Likewise, all 10 drivers entered will be making their first race starts at Bushy Park Circuit, while Blake “Bilko” Williams will be making his first rallycross start of any sort as he trades in two wheels for four.
POINTS RACE SHIFTS HEADING INTO WEEKEND: Three drivers—Austin Cindric, Miles Maroney, and Oliver Eriksson—made themselves some wiggle room in the five-driver fight for the GRC Lites title in Los Angeles, pulling away from fourth place Alejandro Fernandez (36 points back of the lead) and fifth place Tanner Whitten (76 points behind). However, it’s still crowded at the top: tied at 369 points, Cindric leads Maroney on a tiebreaker with three wins to Maroney’s one, while Eriksson lurks five points behind the American duo.
DOUBLEHEADERS HAVE EXTRA IMPACT ON LITES: Just how important is it to earn as many points as possible during a doubleheader weekend? So important that, if you only scored points in doubleheader events, the top five drivers in Lites standings would be in the same spots. Austin Cindric leads the group with 265 doubleheader points, followed by Miles Maroney with 259, Oliver Eriksson with 219, Alejandro Fernandez with 216, and Tanner Whitten with 200.
QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s GRC Lites Barbados:
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE: “We’ll go fast here, and hopefully we’ll keep up the tempo we’ve had in the past few races. I like this track, it looks really good. Of course there are a lot of points at stake, but we can’t go safe when it’s tight like this in the championship. It’s all about rhythm at this track, and I think there will be quite a difference between Supercar and Lites lap times. The guy in front always has the advantage, and I will of course try to be that guy. We’ll go flat out, keep the car in one piece, and go for it!”
Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE: “My attitude towards last Sunday’s race in Los Angeles is exactly what I need to follow for the rest of the season. To put that attitude into one simple phrase, I am going to be patiently aggressive right to the end. The level of competition in Lites this year is just off the wall—there are quite of few of us that could walk away with this thing.”
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “This weekend is another shot at two wins! I’ve never been to Barbados or anywhere in that region so it’s going to be cool to see a new place for the first time, especially one as awesome as Barbados. Contrary to the usual procedure we flew in a few days early so I actually got to see a thing or two and enjoy myself a bit! To be on the podium at home in our last race in Los Angeles was great but it was still one spot shy of where I felt we could’ve been with the pace we had all weekend. It was just another tough weekend for us fighting from the back, but it was great to have the support of all my friends and family there.”
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