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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…

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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.

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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 will 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 wheel chair bound, and won the runners-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 >>

 

Jakub Nitka (aka Qba) Is The Premier Rallycross Photographer

by Linda Olsen and Karen Dolley Qba, Qnigan, Rallycross, World Rallycross, Global Rallycross

Jakub Nitka, also known as Qba, can be considered the premier photographer in professional rallycross today. He’s at every major race around the globe, catching the action on the track and the personalities in the paddock.

The Rallycross360 crew met Qba (pronounced “KOO-bah”) at X Games Los Angeles last year, the first race we attended as a new company. The first day at the track we found ourselves standing next to Qba at the fence looking at the track where Tanner Foust was practicing the Gymkhana course.

Qba is as much a part of rallycross as the drivers and the cars. So we thought we’d find out more about him and how he got into rallycross photography. Read more >>

 

Photo Bomb Opportunity in Italy

by Karen Dolley    

Last week we shared some exciting news. Well, exciting for us anyway.

“Rallycross360 received its invitation to the FIA World Rallycross Pre-Season Media Day on April 23rd at the Franciacorta Intl Circuit in Brescia, Italy!
First reaction: OMG, how cool are we now!? Italy!! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy!! (jumping up and down)
Secondary reaction: Wait, I can’t afford to go to Italy. I can barely afford to go to the grocery store… (sad face)
Optimistic reaction:  OK, maybe there’s a way. If we had a bake sale… no. If we had a car wash…no.

“What we need is a sponsor! Someone who will fly us over to Italy in exchange for being their eyes and ears at the event. Live tweeting, pictures, video, news reports, even selfies… Any takers???  Any suggestions??? Anyone??? Bueller???”

Apparently, some people thought we were kidding about needing a sponsor.

 

Oh, we’re not kidding. We seriously need a wonderful and supportive company to help out three lovely, rallycross-lovin’ ladies. Just some airfare and hotel. How much could that cost in exchange for all the fuss we will create when we get there? (The level of fuss will depend on our wine money allowance.)
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6 Most Exciting News Bits in Rallycross

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Tanner Foust and Scott Speed are in Portugal practicing the art of ‘selfies’ before the rallycross season starts

by Karen Dolley    March 1, 2014

Here are MY top six most exciting things that happened in the world of rallycross in the last week or two…

1. Some Great News & Some Sad News:

Rallycross360 received its invitation to the FIA WorldRallycross Pre-Season Media Day on April 23rd at the Franciacorta Intl Circuit in Brescia, Italy!
First reaction: OMG, how cool are we now!? Italy!! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy!! (jumping up and down)
Secondary reaction: Wait, I can’t afford to go to Italy. I can barely afford to go to the grocery store… (sad face)
Optimistic reaction:  OK, maybe there’s a way. If we had a bake sale…. no. If we had a car wash…no.

What we need is a sponsor! Someone who will fly us over to Italy in exchange for being their eyes and ears at the event. Live tweeting, pictures, video, news reports, even selfies… Any takers???  Any suggestions??? Anyone??? Bueller???

2. Tanner Foust Joins World RX Series

Almost as exciting was finding out that two-time Global Rallycross Champ Tanner Foust will be sliding around four circuits of World RX this season. He is teaming with Marklund Motorsport to compete in Britian and Finland, where he took the win in Euro RX last year. Then he will compete at Trois-Riviers in Quebec and finally in Istanbul, Turkey. Tanner and teammates Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen and Anton Marklund will be driving Volkswagen Polo Supercars.

3. Marklund Signs Up with Volkswagen

Speaking of Marklund Motorsport and Volkswagen, Read more >>

 

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