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Dodge Global Rallycross Round 2 Race Recap and Driver Quotes - Munich
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2013 - 04:09 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Dodge Global Rallycross Round 2 Race Recap and Driver Quotes - Munich


Mother Nature played a pivotal role in Saturday’s Global Rallycross Championship event at X Games Munich. Rain fell throughout the morning and continued during the event, creating sloppy racing conditions that created plenty of problems for the competitors.

 

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Saturday’s event was added to the Munich schedule to make up for the cancellation (rain) of Round 2 at Barcelona. The regular-scheduled Round 3 is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. (EDT) and will be televised live by ESPN.

Pastrana Racing’s Bryce Menzies and Timur Timerzyanov weren’t exempt from the weather issues. However, both drivers showed signs of adapting to the treacherous conditions in the Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Darts. Unfortunately, the positives won’t show up on the results page. Both drivers led their heat races only to see victory and a trip to the feature event slip from their grasp. That forced the duo into the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Timerzyanov won the LCQ to advance to the 10-lap feature while Menzies failed in his quest to claim one of the two transfer positions.

Timerzyanov, the current European Rally Champion filling in for Travis Pastrana in the No. 199 Dodge Dart, used a holeshot in the first heat for the lead which he held for four circuits until being passed by the eventual gold medal winner Liam Doran. With only one lap remaining in the six-lap heat, Timerzyanov was still second and had the automatic transfer to the feature until a late charge by Brian Deegan ended in a door-slamming battle with Deegan claiming the position at the checkered flag.

Bryce Menzies matched his teammate’s start, using a holeshot to grab the lead in his heat. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged on Lap 2 (a car was stalled in the racing line). Menzies matched his earlier effort, jumping to the quick lead on the restart and holding the advantage until veteran Ken Block drove deep into the hairpin section to take the preferred line and the lead.

“I had a really good start in my heat,” Menzies said. “The Dodge Dart is amazing off the line on race starts. I led early in my heat race and the car was fast. Ken (Block) got around me and when that happened my race changed. My wiper was broke and he just caked my windshield with mud. I couldn’t see a thing but tried to keep driving. I did one more lap but couldn’t see where I was going and ran into some tires. That was the end of the heat.”

In the LCQ, Timerzyanov led wire-to-wire to earn his first GRC feature while Menzies had issues.

In the 10-lap feature, Timerzyanov was involved in a tangle with Block early that left his Dodge Dart lodged in a tire barrier, prompting the red flag. Timerzyanov attempted to continue but the opportunity for a strong finish had vanished.

“With the rain coming down, the tarmac was really loose and slippery and you had to be really careful,” said Menzies. “Once you transitioned into the dirt, it was like a loose gravel that was really tacky. You’d get a lot of traction but you had to learn to driver half-and-half. You could be aggressive on the dirt but once you hit the tarmac you had to drive really smooth and get inside as much as possible. Trying not to spin the tires was really a key. The course is really technical. With more weight and the longer wheelbase that the Dodge Dart has, it really sets us up for this track.

“It looks like some rain in the morning with some scattered showers in the afternoon,” added Menzies. “I think the track will be wet but not as soaked as it was today. The track is going to change and you’re going to have to change your driving style and be more aggressive. The holeshot here is huge and our Dodge Darts are fast out of the hole. Tomorrow should be good.”

Race Results – Round 2
Global Rallycross Championship
X Games Munich
Saturday, June 29, 2013
1. Liam Doran
2. Ken Block
3. Toomas Heikkinen
4. Anton Marklund
5. Mattias Ekstrom
6. Tanner Foust
7. Brian Deegan
8. Patrik Sandell
9. Scott Speed
10. TIMUR TIMERZYANOV

Heat 1
(Six Laps – Top Two Advance)
1. Liam Doran
2. Brian Deegan
3. TIMUR TIMERZYANOV
4. Bucky Lasek

Heat 2
(Six Laps – Top Two Advance)
1. Tanner Foust
2. Patrik Sandell
3. Scott Speed
4. Guiga Spinelli

Heat 3
(Six Laps – Top Two Advance)
1. Ken Block
2. Mattias Ekstrom
3. Sverre Isachsen
4. BRYCE MENZIES
5. Dave Mirra

Heat 4
(Six Laps – Top Two Advance)
1. Toomas Heikkinen
2. Anton Marklund
3. Steve Arpin
4. Townsend Bell

Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
(Four Laps – Top Two Advance)
1.TIMUR TIMERZYANOV
2. Scott Speed
3. Guiga Spinelli
4. Steve Arpin
5. Townsend Bell
6. Bucky Lasek
7. Dave Mirra
8. BRYCE MENZIES
9. Sverre Isachsen

Bryce Menzies (No. 99 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart) Finish - DNQ
YOU HAD A REALLY FAST DODGE DART TODAY: “For sure. The Dodge Dart is amazing off the line on race starts. We get a really good launch and both cars had holeshots today. I led early in my heat race – I think it was two laps – and the car was fast. Ken (Block) got around me and when that happened my race changed because my wiper was broke and he just caked my windshield with mud. I couldn’t see a thing but tried to keep driving. I did one more lap but couldn’t see where I was going and ran into some tires. That was the end of the heat.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW CHALLENGING THIS CIRCUIT WAS TODAY? THERE SEEMED TO BE A BIG CONTRAST BETWEEN THE SLICK ASPHALT AND HEAVY DIRT: “It was tough. With the rain coming down, the tarmac was really loose and slippery and you had to be really careful. Once you transitioned into the dirt, it was like a loose gravel that was really tacky. You’d get a lot of traction but you had to learn to drive half-and-half. You could be aggressive on the dirt but once you hit the tarmac you had to drive really smooth and get inside as much as possible. Trying not to spin the tires was really a key. The course is really technical. With more weight and the longer wheelbase that Dodge has, it really sets us up for this track.”

WHAT’S THE OUTLOOK FOR TOMORROW? “It looks like some rain in the morning with some scattered showers in the afternoon. I think the track will be wet but not as soaked as it was today. The track is going to change and you’re going to have to change your driving style and be more aggressive. The holeshot here is huge and our Dodge Darts are fast out of the hole. Tomorrow should be good.”


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