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Shooting Dirt Action: Photographer Greg Dorman

GDorman_portraitGrzegorz “Greg” Dorman started rally racing at 17 and since then has held a variety of roles in the sport: Driver, co-driver, crew chief, and PR manager. He’s also an avid photographer who attends both rallies and rallycross events where he snaps memorable shots.

Which came first for you, rally racing or photography?

Absolutely rally!

What kind of racing do you photograph?

I’ve done all kinds of racing events like American Le Mans Series, Trans-Am, local events at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Lime Rock Park, and Formula Drift. I like shooting dirt action the most. I haven’t tried shooting NASCAR but I doubt it would take over my schedule. Read more >>

 

Global Rallycross Rookie Report

A Review of the Current Red Bull Global Rallycross Rookies

Austin Dyne takes the track at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Media Day in his Ford Fiesta photo by QNIGAN

Austin Dyne takes the track at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Media Day in his Ford Fiesta
photo by QNIGAN

Emma Gilmour, the first female driver in Global Rallycross history, has joined Rhys Millen Racing for the full 2014 season. Gilmour is a successful rally driver from New Zealand, where Millen is from as well. The team will run Hyundai Veloster SuperCars with backing from Hyundai again this year. Tyler Benson will join the team in the GRC Lites category.

Gilmour has been competing in rally since 2002 and plans to continue competing in the New Zealand rallies this season as well. She also owns a Suzuki dealership in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sarah Burgess is the second female in GRC, making her debut at X Games Austin. Burgess is originally from Australia but moved to the U.S. to pursue her racing dreams. She runs her own team, BMI Racing, along with her husband. She’ll drive a Chevy Sonic.

Joni Wiman will make his SuperCar debut this year after dominating the GRC Lites last year… Read more >>

 

4 Biggest GRC Announcements

by Karen Dolley

At the 2014 Media Day held at the Port of Los Angeles this past Wednesday, Red Bull Global Rallycross had drivers, partners, and media on hand. They also had a lot of exciting announcements to share.

Red Bull Global Rallycross race around the Port of Los Angeles for Media Day. photo from RBGRC

Red Bull Global Rallycross race around the Port of Los Angeles for Media Day
photo from RBGRC

They’ve been promising that 2014 would be an ‘epic’ year and they weren’t kidding!

1. New Logo/Branding

We learned at the end of last season that Red Bull would partner with GRC to sponsor the series. This week they released a new logo featuring both entities.

And according to some of the attendees of the media day, it was a high energy, celebrity-filled affair to be expected from the name behind so many extreme athletes.

2. Party in D.C!

As if attending a RBGRC event isn’t enough on its own, Volkswagen and Andretti Sports Marketing will create a weekend of festivities for those attending the Washington D.C. round on June 21-22: Live music, food, entertainment, VIP club, and of course, star drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, who are sponsored by VW and Andretti. The event will be held on the grounds of RFK Stadium. Read more >>

 

4 Big Rallycross News Bits

 by Karen Dolley

Four important news bits from the last week or so…

Global Rallycross

Emma Gilmour

1. The First Female GRC Driver
Exciting news from Rhys Millen Racing yesterday: Rhys has taken on a teammate, fellow Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour, who will be the first female to compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Another woman, Sarah Burgess of Australia, is also expected to join GRC this year.

“Going to America to race in a professional series with a professional team like Rhys Millen Racing is hard to believe,” said Gilmour. “It’s a true privilege to be the first female driver in the GRC series.” RMR has also re-joined forces with Hyundai to drive freshly tuned turbo-charged Velosters.

2. X Games Austin Invites 19 Drivers
The coveted X Games Invites were announced last week, with 19 Rallycross Drivers on the list. Read more >>

 

Burgess & Gilmour: The First Two Female Drivers in Global Rallycross

by Linda Olsen and Karen Dolley
Emma Gilmour joins fellow Kiwi Rhys Millen's rallycross team for Global Rallycross

Emma Gilmour joins fellow Kiwi Rhys Millen’s team for Global Rallycross

When X Games Austin released the list of invited rallycross drivers for the big event in June, it contained the usual suspects: Tanner Foust, Ken Block, and Travis Pastrana, to name a few.

But two surprising names were on the list: Sarah Burgess and Emma Gilmour. Yes, women!

Also surprising because neither one has ever driven in rallycross.

Upon hearing this news, Rallycross360 immediately connected with both drivers and confirmed they both will not only compete in X Games, but will join Global Rallycross for the full season.

Gilmour, a rally driver in New Zealand, will debut in the first GRC event in Barbados on May 24. She’s joined the racing team of fellow Kiwi Rhys Millen and the pair will be driving modified Hyundai Veloster Supercars. Read more >>

 

Mats & Emil Ohman Join Euro RXOhman, Mats

by Karen Dolley

Mats and Emil Ohman announced today that they will compete in the FIA European Rallycross Championship at the wheel of two Citroen DS3 Supercars.

Mats Ohman is a European and Swedish snowcross champion turned rallycrosser. He’ll be driving the car that Timmy Hansen successfully drove last year, though now fitted to meet his specific physical needs. Mats became paralyzed from the waist down after breaking his neck in a snowmobile accident in 1998. The car will be controlled with custom hand and arm controls.

The 49-year-old Swede took up rallycross after the accident that left him wheelchair-bound, and won the runner-up place in the Swedish Rallycross Championship last year.  Read more >>

 

Handy Acronyms for Texting & Tweeting RX Fans (HARF)

by Karen Dolley                               March 16, 2014
Handy Acronyms For Rallycross Fans HARF

FCC – First Corner Chaos

Texting and tweeting your friends during a rallycross event can be tricky – the action happens fast and there’s a lot going on. So to help out rallycross fans we have some suggestions for Handy Acronyms for Rallycross Fans (HARF).

WAP – Want Autographed Picture
L2L – Line Too Long
WRU – Where Are You
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7 Questions For Tommy Rustad on His Return to Rallycross

by Linda Olsen and Karen DolleyTommy Rustad Rallycross

Norwegian Tommy Rustad left rallycross in 2006 after finishing third in the European championship. But after years of racing Touring Cars he returned to rallycross last year in two Euro RX events and will now contest the European Rallycross Championship for 2014 with a Volvo C30.

We wanted to find out why he decided to return to the sport and his plans for the future.

1. What year did you start in rallycross and what made you decide to return at this time?
I started in national rallycross when I was 18 years old (1987) and switched over to single seater racing in 1992. I made a single rallycross race in 2004 at my home European Championship round. Then I drove a full European Championship with Isachsen Motorsport in 2006. I finish third in the championship after Lars Larsson and Kenneth Hansen. After that I have been driving a Touring Car for Volvo in Sweden. I love rallycross and now I have gotten a good offer from Nyborg Motorsport and HTB to drive a full European Championship. Read more >>

 

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