Red Bull GRC Battle Continues On U.S. Military Base

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This 4th of July weekend will mark the first time that a rallycross event will be held on an active U.S. military base, Marine Core Air Station New River, NC.  Another notable first is that the base will boast the longest course in GRC history.  The track is situated on an airstrip and will be a .993 mile course with seven turns and five straightaways. It will consist of 65% dirt and 35% pavement. Look for high speeds, hard braking, and the ever-present fender banging that this type of racing creates. GRC just may be the National Hockey League of auto racing.

Joni Wiman, 2014 GRC Champion, said, “I would say there are three or four corners here that are good passing places. The first is down the straightaway, and I like that—it’s not just about the start or the joker. I really like the track, the dirt is a bit tight, but it’s the same for everyone. And for me, with my racing background, I’m sure this track is going to be good.”

Fans will notice a few new driver addition to this event. The General, Brian Deegan, whose last GRC appearance was at the beginning of June at X Games, will be back behind the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST. And although the same 11 Lites vehicles that raced a few weeks ago in Daytona will be out on the track, fans will see two new drivers behind the wheel.  Off-road truck driver, Gavin Harlien, will replace Geoff Sykes with Tim Bell Racing for the rest of the season. Motocross competitor Conner Martell will stand in for Harry Cheung at Rhys Millen Racing.

The Lites battle will continue this weekend with AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez fighting to maintain his lead at 133 points. Sitting six points behind Alejandro at a 127 points is DirtFish Motorsports driver, Tanner Whitten. This is Whitten’s first season in GRC and so far at each race he has placed in the top five with one one podium finish. Right behind Whitten is Olsbergs MSE teammates, Austin Cindric at 126 points and Oliver Eriksson with 111 points.EntryListF1

Yes, the points race is tight, and this track will prove to be a separator between the men and the boys. But, no one is sure who will be celebrating at the after-parties in the paddock. DirtFish Motorsports driver, Tanner Whitten, said, “This track is a horsepower track, but it’s going to be all about braking at the end of long straightaways and trying to get the car planted for the next corner. In the Lites car, we’re easily going to be at the top of sixth gear on these long straightaways, so it’s definitely going to be a lot of planning ahead and a lot of careful line selection to ensure you get the most momentum out of the car. In the dirt sections, it’s a lot like Daytona with tight hairpins into the long dirt straightaway over the big jump—and we were already set up there really well.”

Supercar are showing a familiar pattern from last season.  Like last season, Ken Block is sitting second in Red Bull GRC points, within single digits of a Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford driver.  However, this time the lead driver is Sebastian Eriksson, not Joni Wiman, and Eriksson has a race win to his credit. With finishes of fourth or better in all three points-paying rounds, the Swede leads Block, 137-129, coming into Sunday’s main event.

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In response, Sebastian Eriksson in the #93 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST said, “I’ve shown everyone that I can win in Daytona. Now I just need to go out and do my own thing, and get the best results possible. I don’t think about the championship—there are nine races to go. I have a slight points lead, but we just need to take it race by race to win the championship.”

 

TUNE IN INFORMATION:
Wednesday, July 8, 6PM ET on NBCSN and liveextra.nbcsports.com
NBC Sports Group will be offering live streaming of the Global Rallycross MCAS New River
race through the NBC Sports Live Extra app via desktop, mobile and tablet.

TICKETS: Admission to Sunday’s events is free and does not require a ticket. Gates open at
10AM local time.

 

Information provided by Red Bull GRC.  Photos provided by Red Bull Content Pool

Team Peugeot-Hansen Hope to Continue Momentum at Höljes

FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 - ESTERING- GERMANY

FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 – ESTERING- GERMANY

 

Team Peugeot-Hansen is on a roll and looks forward to continuing the momentum this weekend at Round 6 in Sweden.  FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to Höljes, one of the favored tracks on the calendar.  More than 40,000 spectators have attended in the past and the same are expected to descend upon the track this round. Read more

EKS Team: “The Final Is On The Spot”

Mattias Ekstrom

Watch out Petter Solberg,  the EKS Team is out for revenge.  Last season, we watched as Solberg beat Ekström by a mere 0.005 seconds at Estering.  This season Ekström is determined to win this round. “In 2013 I made my debut in a SuperCar and the 2014 final is also on the spot. I’ve never had such a close race in my entire career, but this year we go for the big trophy,“ said Ekström.

Mattias and Bengt Ekstrom

Mattias and Bengt Ekstrom

Other than the allure of getting revenge at this particular track, Ekström also has fond ties to Estering.  “Regarding Estering, there are a lot of memories. I visited the track for the first time in 1990. My father Bengt won that round in the European Championship. For me it’s a special one,” said Ekström.

After a four week break between the last round at Lydden Hill and this weekend’s round in Germany, Anton Marklund is rested and ready for the EKS revenge. “Estering is a spectacular track and I really like it, even though my results haven’’t been so amazing so far. I had a very promising two-day test with the Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro in Höljes and now I’’m aiming for my first podium in Buxtehude,”“ said Marklund.

Join EKS for Midsommar

On Friday night before race action starts Midsommar festivities will take place.  Midsommar is the second most celebrated event, after Christmas, in the Scandinavian countries.

EKS Fridays at Estering will be a Midsommar Special, not only for the Scandinavian fans, but for all fans. Join EKS in their paddock Friday, June 19 at 17.30. They will stage the inaugural EKS Midsommar Olympics. ‘Team Scandinavia’ and ‘Team Rest of the World’ will battle for the crown with egg-in-spoon running, boot throwing and tug-of-war. After the podium ceremony they will offer a Midsommar snack in the paddock. Enjoy the special atmosphere of Midsommar together with EKS.

About Estering RX

Location: 35 km south-west of Hamburg
Residents Buxtehude: app. 40,000
Track length: 952 m
Tarmac / Gravel: 60 / 40 %
SuperCar entrants: 36 (thereof 18 in World RX)
EKS drivers: #10 Mattias Ekström, #92 Anton Marklund

Where to watch live?

UK & Ireland: British Eurosport 2 (as-live Sunday, 23.00 BST)
Sweden: Viasat Sport (Sunday, 14.00–16.00 CEST), Viasat Motor (as-live 19.30–21.30 CEST), TV10 (Sunday, 15.00–16.00 CEST)
Germany: Livestream (Sunday, 14.00–16.00 CEST)

Schedule

Friday
16.00 Draw for Heat 1 and World RX Press Conference (with Mattias Ekström)
17.30 EKS Fridays with EKS Midsommar Olympics

Saturday
11.10 Open Practice SuperCar
12.30 Heat 1 & 2

Sunday
08.30 Warm-up SuperCar
10.00 Heat 3 & 4
15.00 Semi-Finals and Final SuperCar

Team Peugeot-Hansen Eager for Estering

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FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
17- Davy Jeanney – Team Peugeot-Hansen – Peugeot 208 WRX

After a month off, Team Peugeot-Hansen is eager to return to the track at Estering, Germany for the fifth round of World Rallycross Championship.  Estering boasts one of the more traditional rallycross tracks in the series with its length at 952m and an asphalt surface of 60% and 40% gravel.

Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney will be back behind the wheel of their Peugeot 208 WRXs.  The team took advantage of the break between events to test in Holjes, Sweden.  This allowed them to run various types of car set-ups in the hopes of reaching the full potential of the 208 WRXs at not only Estering, but subsequent events as well.  Currently, the team is in third position in team standings and aims to regain the top spot they had held at the beginning of the season.  Team principal, Kenneth Hansen, knows this track can be a challenge but is confident as the team heads into the next round. Read more

BHR X Games Race Report: BHR Drivers Have Speed, but Not Luck

Patrik Sandell at X Games 2015;Photo provided by BHR

Patrik Sandell  X Games 2015;Photo provided by BHR

 

Press Release by Bryan Herta Rallycross 6/8/2015

Austin, TX –X Games is all about pride and not points. Both Bryan Herta Rallycross drivers, Patrik Sandell and Austin Dyne, showed plenty of speed to make the X Games final for Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers. However, ‘Lady Luck” did not cooperate and both drivers battled hard through adversity.

Patrik Sandell and the Kobalt Tools team were poised to start from the pole position for their heat race after a fantastic qualifying session on Friday afternoon. A failing seal on the transfer case resulted in a small oil leak just prior to the start of the heat race, and race officials required the car to be removed from the grid. The Kobalt Tools team put in a heroic effort to stem the leak and had the car ready to return more than a minute before the lights were set to go out, however officials prevented Sandell from returning to the course thus ending his hopes of taking home the X Games Gold Medal.  Read more

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