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Red Bull GRC Race Recaps: X Games Austin
Posted by: newsla on Jun 09, 2014 - 06:18 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Red Bull GRC Race Recaps: X Games Austin


IN BRIEF: Once again, Scott Speed proved that he was the class of the Red Bull Global Rallycross field, earning his second consecutive victory for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross at X Games Austin. He held off a pair of pair of first-time Red Bull GRC podium finishers: Bucky Lasek, who earned his 20th X Games medal, and Nelson Piquet Jr., who earned his first.

 

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HEAT RECAPS: X Games Austin featured a unique race format for Red Bull GRC, with two rounds of points-paying heats yielding to four five-car quarterfinals and two six-car semifinals. Six different drivers were able to win heats leading up to the quarterfinals, which were taken by Austin Dyne, Ken Block, Scott Speed, and Patrik Sandell, respectively. The first semifinal saw Liam Doran, Dyne, and Nelson Piquet Jr. advance, while the second allowed Speed, Sandell, and Bucky Lasek to transfer.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: With only six cars racing in the final, a clean start was easy for the field, which managed to complete two laps before a red flag for Dyne’s disabled vehicle. Per series rules, because Sandell was judged to be the initiator of the red flag situation, he was removed from the field for the restart, which would now only see four cars.

Speed jumped to an early lead, while Piquet fought to maintain a podium place despite only having third and fourth gear in his vehicle. A stop-and-go penalty to Piquet for taking the joker twice allowed Lasek to jump out to second, but when Doran spun himself with just a few hundred feet to go before the finish, Piquet was able to steal a podium place.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the second round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season:

Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
Liam Doran, #33 LD Motorsports Citroen DS3*
Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Travis Pastrana, #199 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI*
Brian Deegan, #38 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST
Ricky Johnson, #48 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST*
Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
Anton Marklund, #92 Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo*
Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Toomas Heikkinen, #57 Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo*
Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
Pat Moro, #59 Chevrolet Sonic Racing/PMR Motorsports Sonic*
*ineligible to earn Red Bull Global Rallycross driver or entrant points as part-time entry

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the second round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season:

Scott Speed, Driver, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo: “Plan A worked to perfection! We had a really bad qualifying draw, and I think our best performance of the weekend was qualifying second. That set the tone, that let us know that we had a lot of pace here again, and then it was just onto me not making mistakes and trying to avoid crashes at the start. And we were able to do that in every single heat race. The starts are a strong point for us, but it’s the speed of our guys. I can’t say enough for our team—these guys, it’s their second race. These are a bunch of IndyCar guys, and I’ll tell you what, they have upped the level of GRC in how they prepare these cars, because our stuff is that good.”

Bucky Lasek, Driver, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI: “It was intense. That was the hardest fought medal that I’ve ever had to work for—I had a lot of bad luck in the first heat, I went from second to fifth because of a bad racing incident from behind. I fought from the back of the pack for the rest of the day, and I don’t know how many hours I was in the car—I think I stepped out once just to get in front of a fan. I got back in the car, started the first final, and I didn’t have a clutch. So I pumped my clutch, got a good start, and when the red flag came I had no clutch for the second restart. So I just pushed launch control, put it in neutral, dumped it in first gear and it was on from there. Then I just started reeling people in.”

Nelson Piquet Jr., Driver, #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST: “It was a hard weekend—I struggled a bit with the track. I guess Barbados was much easier for me for some reason. For sure I learned a lot from this weekend. The track had a lot of dust and damaged a lot of cars—you had to think a lot, and you had to be careful. A lot of drivers were here just for this race, not for the championship, so those guys were going nuts. In the end, it worked out, the guys did a great job fixing the car after every heat, and we made it to the final. We limped to the end, and right at the last moment we managed to get the medal.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the second round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season:

This was Scott Speed’s fourth career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory, his second at an X Games event, and the third in his past four starts. The victory also gave both Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Volkswagen their first X Games gold medals.
Bucky Lasek earned the first podium finish of his Red Bull GRC career at X Games Austin, as well as the 20th medal of his X Games career. He is now only the second athlete in X Games history to have won medals in both motorized and non-motorized events, after Dave Mirra did so in 2008. Lasek’s runner-up finish also marked the third medal for Subaru Rally Team USA in the Red Bull GRC era (2011-present).
Nelson Piquet Jr. earned the first podium finish of his Red Bull GRC career as well, topping the previous career best of fourth he set at Top Gear Festival Barbados.
Liam Doran’s fourth place finish was the best result of the six part-time drivers running in Austin. Per series regulations, which ignore drivers competing in fewer than five races in the distribution of points, fourth place points for the event will be awarded to Austin Dyne and fifth place points will be awarded to Patrik Sandell.
Austin Dyne’s fifth place finish in Austin made him the highest classified rookie driver, over ninth place Ricky Johnson, 12th place Emma Gilmour, and 17th place Joni Wiman.
Tanner Foust extended his series record to 22 career heat wins with victories in both the first and second round of heats.
For the first time ever, a Red Bull Global Rallycross main event took place without Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Ken Block, or Travis Pastrana on Saturday. Block’s streak of 15 consecutive main event appearances, the second longest streak in series history, was snapped.
DRIVER POINTS: Official driver points will be sent out later in the week under separate cover pending confirmation from Red Bull Global Rallycross officials.



GRC Lites Race Recap: X Games Austin

IN BRIEF: Championship favorite Mitchell DeJong kicked off his second season in GRC Lites in style, earning an impressive victory at X Games Austin to kick off the class’s 2014 season. He did so by holding off Olsbergs MSE teammate Kevin Eriksson and series newcomer Austin Cindric, winning every session in which he competed.

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HEAT RECAPS: GRC Lites only ran one round of three heats before going to two five-car semifinals in Austin, with Mitchell DeJong, Kevin Eriksson, and Atila Abreu taking the three heat victories and DeJong and Eriksson earning the two semifinal wins. Nelson Piquet Jr. and Austin Cindric followed DeJong into the main event from the first semifinal, while Abreu and Geoff Sykes also transferred from the second semifinal.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: The six-car final received a red flag after early contact, which damaged Abreu’s vehicle beyond the ability to continue and led to Piquet’s removal from the restart. DeJong jumped to an early lead over Eriksson, while Cindric held off Sykes for third early on; when Sykes pulled off with a broken axle, the three medalists were decided.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the first round of the 2014 GRC Lites season:

Mitchell DeJong, #24 Olsbergs MSE
Kevin Eriksson, #96 Olsbergs MSE
Austin Cindric, #77 C4 Motorsports
Geoff Sykes, #6 DTV Solutions
Atila Abreu, #51 Olsbergs MSE
Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 Piquet Sports
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 Olsbergs MSE
Colton Herta, #98 AD Racing
Tyler Benson, #60 Rhys Millen Racing
Mark McKenzie, #27 Cohesive Front Racing*
*ineligible to earn Red Bull Global Rallycross driver or entrant points as part-time entry

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the first round of the 2014 GRC Lites season:

Mitchell DeJong, #24 Olsbergs MSE: “It was a ton of fun. It was very difficult with the slick dirt and just trying to keep the car on track. Then you had to think about all the other guys in there too who are just trying to get that little edge. It was very tough—I had Kevin right behind me, and he was very, very fast. I couldn’t make any mistakes, and it was easy to with the track going away a little bit. I had to deal with a little bit of the car overheating, and it started going into limp mode about halfway through. So I was trying to get all the lap time out of it even though the power wasn’t there. I loved every minute of the race, and I’m more than excited.”

Kevin Eriksson, #96 Olsbergs MSE: “It’s really huge. Medalling in X Games is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid, and now to be able to get a silver, it’s not the best but it’s really good. I had some problems today trying to find really good speed, because from day to day the track was really different. I have to congratulate Mitchell, today he was a little bit quicker than me, but maybe next year I’ll beat him.”

Austin Cindric, #77 C4 Motorsports: “Just to be an X Games athlete is awesome. I have to thank all my guys and everybody helping me out. It was an awesome day and a lot of fun. I only got through the first accident because there was a red flag, but it looked like Piquet got turned by another car and we all bottled up in there. So they separated us, and a couple of cars had damage, so I was able to get around those guys by the second start. I was able to pass Geoff Sykes on the inside of the hairpin, and I stayed in third after that, trying to keep up with Kevin and Mitchell. I was happy with my pace too, that was something I tried to improve on throughout the weekend, and it was a lot of fun.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s X Games Austin, the first round of the 2014 GRC Lites season:

This was Mitchell DeJong’s first career GRC Lites victory, as well as his third career podium finish in the class. DeJong became the first multiple medal winner at X Games in GRC Lites history; he earned silver in Los Angeles last year.
Kevin Eriksson earned the second podium finish of his GRC Lites career and his first since New Hampshire last July.
Austin Cindric earned a podium finish in his first career GRC Lites start.
Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first driver to start in both a Supercars and GRC Lites event in the same season or weekend at X Games Austin. Though he was not able to earn a medal in both events, he earned the top seed in GRC Lites and made it to both finals.
Colton Herta became the first driver in the history of either class of Red Bull Global Rallycross to be born in the 2000s and compete in an event. Herta was born on March 30, 2000.
DRIVER POINTS: Official driver points will be sent out later in the week under separate cover pending confirmation from Red Bull Global Rallycross officials.

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