Exciting Doubleheader for Red Bull Global Rallycross

Patrik Sandell, Rhys Millen and Bucky Lasek- Action

Patrik Sandell, Bucky Lasek, Rhys Millen/ Photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Exciting doesn’t even come close to describing this weekends Red Bull Global Rallycross double header events being held at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.   First, the drivers will be vying to gain maximum points as they enter the last half of the season making this race weekend particularly intense for the drivers and fans.  Second, we will see the return of Travis Pastrana and third, we will FINALLY get to see the highly anticipated VW Beetle make its debut.

This weekend will be a crucial weekend for the drivers of Red Bull Global Rallycross.  With only four events left to go in the season, this weekends doubleheader will give them a chance to build up their points toward the championship.  Ford will also be going for their fourth consecutive manufacturer title.  They currently have a 231-point lead over Volkswagen and can bring home the title as long as they maintain a lead of 227 points or more after Saturdays final.

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Photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Appearing this weekend in both rounds with the Subaru Rally Team USA, will be the one and only Travis Pastrana.   Because he is driving as a guest entry and is not racing the full 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, there are no points on the line which means a little less pressure.  Pastrana is looking forward to this weekends race. “I love being here, my wife and all of her family and friends are obviously in LA. I looked at the track map before I committed, but I was like ‘this is gonna be good!’ It’s cool because you have a little elevation change out there. The joker is really good—on some of the other ones, the joker is tough because you can take and maybe not make a pass, but here it adds some separation.”

And then there is the VW Beetle…. just when we were about to give up on the idea that Herbie would ever show it’s front bumper to the public, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross pulls through and appropriately debuts the Super Beetle in the hometown area of Red Bull GRC.  Even though it’s called a Beetle, this is definitely a Herbie-no-more.  This monster of a race car is more appropriately referred to as The Incredible Herbie Hulk flexing its muscles and staring down the competition with its steely eyes.  This is not your fathers VW bug.    Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles:  Tanner Foust’s New Ride http://youtu.be/xnT2-V4U500

Of course, we cannot forget to mention current points leader, Nelson Piquet Jr., who has done an excellent job of racing this season but who realizes this will be a challenging track and he will be working hard to maintain his current lead position. “I went out as soon as I arrived—it’s always difficult to say from walking but it’s going to be a hard track.” says Piquet,  “It’s going to be high speed, but there’s a very small margin of error. There are a lot of walls around, like a street course in open wheel sort of thing, so it’s good that I had that practice last weekend a little bit. But you’ll go into sharp corners and there’s not a lot of space for mistakes, so I think it’s going to make drivers think twice before really driving limits on the time, abusing and going over the kerbs. There’s not going to be any margin for error, so all the drivers are going to be much more careful over here before they do anything.

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Nelson Piquet Jr’s car in Los Angeles/Photo by SH Racing Rallycross

 

 

 

Here are a couple of race format notes provided by Red Bull Global Rallycross for this weekend’s events:

· Round 7 (the first segment of the doubleheader) will take place on Friday and Saturday. It will feature the standard Red Bull GRC Supercars race format: two rounds of points-paying heats, semifinals, a last chance qualifier, and a final.

· Round 8 (the second segment of the doubleheader) will take place on Saturday and Sunday. It will feature only one round of points-paying heats. In lieu of the second round of heats, the semifinals will also pay points.

· As a guest entry committed to fewer than five races in the 2014 Red Bull GRC season, Travis Pastrana will not be scored for points in this weekend’s events. When awarding points at the end of the event, the series scores championship competitors in relation to one another. For example, if a non-points competitor is to win the event, the second place finisher receives first-place points, the third place competitor receives second-place points, and so forth.

 

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Saturday, September 20, 5PM ET on NBC (live) and liveextra.nbcsports.com

Sunday, September 21, 5PM ET on NBC (live) and liveextra.nbcsports.com

 

DRIVER POINTS:

Nelson Piquet Jr., 245
Ken Block, 205
Scott Speed, 190
Joni Wiman, 188
Steve Arpin, 170
Patrik Sandell, 159
Sverre Isachsen, 142
Tanner Foust, 140
Bucky Lasek, 130
Austin Dyne, 114
Brian Deegan, 85
Rhys Millen, 70
Emma Gilmour, 27
Pat Moro, 5

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

Ford, 561
Volkswagen, 330
Subaru, 272
Hyundai, 97
Chevrolet, 5

 

Information provided by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Hometown Competition Set for Dyne and Barracuda Racing

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Press Release 9/18/2014

 Los Angeles, Calif – Austin Dyne will take on his fellow Red Bull Global Rallycross competitors this weekend at the Port of Los Angeles in this season’s action packed doubleheader event. This pair of race events is coming after the race in Daytona, in which Dyne marvelously showcased his skills. The rookie drove his #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta to a win in the semi-final, securing a spot in the final for the sixth consecutive time this season — an accomplishment matched by only two drivers this season in the hotly contested Red Bull GRC Supercar championship.

The rookie is certainly moving up in the Red Bull GRC ranks. His lap times and consistency have been improving with each race, and he never fails to impress the fans and his fellow competitors. After a nearly a month of no series races, Dyne is ready to compete again, and is looking forward to the Los Angeles twin race format. “The double header is going to be intense with doing double the racing in one weekend,” explained Dyne. “It’s going to be very important to keep the car out of as much trouble as possible to be good for both main events.”

This event will be a hometown affair for Dyne, a Malibu native.  “I’ve definitely been looking forward to the LA race all year,” said Dyne. “It’s my home race and I am just super amped to be racing at home in front of my friends and family!”

While rallycross racing has emerged as a national phenomenon, the motorsport discipline’s roots are firmly entrenched in the Southern California area. Red Bull GRC had a preview at the Port of Los Angeles for its inaugural Media Day earlier this April, and will now return to the scenic San Pedro waterfront. The track consists of a .586 mile nine-turn course, with a racing surface mix of nearly three-quarter pavement and one-quarter dirt.

Tickets for Red Bull GRC Los Angeles I and II are available as a package. Two-day tickets will grant access to both Saturday and Sunday’s action, while Friday’s racing is free and open to the public. To buy tickets to the doubleheader, please visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/LA.

Those who cannot attend to witness the spectacle should be sure to watch the live broadcasts on NBC airing at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, September 20 as well as 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 21. The re-air of the events will be broadcast on NBC on Thursday, September 25 at 11 p.m. EST.

Ramona Karlsson Heads Into Round Nine of World RX

Ramona Karlsson/ Photo by Albatec Racing

Ramona Karlsson/ Photo by Albatec Racing

Press Release from Albatec Racing, September 16, 2014

 

On the back of another strong result in France last time out Albatec Racing heads to the Red Kiwi WorldRX of Germany, round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy next weekend (September 20&21) determined for a repeat result. Joining Dumfries businessman Andy Scott in the two-car line-up is the golden girl of rallycross, Swedish rally star Ramona Karlsson, who fills the Peugeot 208 seat vacated by former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve.

The Lochfoot-based team underwent a test for the first lady of rallycross at Mayenne immediately following the Loheac event, in which Team Principal Andy netted his fourth semi final place from five rounds. A follow up shakedown at Knockhill, Fife on Monday, the first ever by a WorldRX team, allowed the former double crosskart champion to quickly get up to speed aboard the two-litre 16v Peugeot 208. In murky conditions more akin to the famous Welsh rally stages, the former WRC driver was immediately at ease, powering the 600bhp Supercar to some respectable times as she heads to her Estering debut.

Heading into the event Albatec has already secured heat wins and semi final positions, with some rapid pace along the way, and although yet to make the all-important final, aspirations remain high for the new team to cement its position as potential finalists amid a massive Supercar line-up.

Returning to the track that netted heat and B Final victory together with fifth place in the A Final in 2012, Andy is determined to add to his tally and round out the season with an appearance in the Final. For Ramona, who already has a heat win and semi final position to her name, her appearance is sure to be among the highlights of the two-day event, that regularly attracts a huge following across the rallycross fraternity.

One of the shortest on the schedule, Estering is also one of the fastest, with the straight allowing speeds approaching 180kmh. Located in the village of Buxtehude, some 35km southwest of Hamburg, the Estering race circuit is one of the few permanent rallycross tracks in Germany, and its first corner produces some of the most intense track action seen on the World RX schedule.

Tightening into a 90 degree right-hander, turn one is notorious for the level of damage sustained and that, added to the changeable weather conditions makes the weekend one of the most difficult to prepare for. The competition itself is also fierce. One of the largest entries of the season sees 41 Supercars battle it out around the 1km track, but for Albatec, solid development over the previous eight events, has allowed the team to regularly challenge for a place in the final.

Track action gets underway with open practice from 11.30 on Saturday, followed by the opening two heats starting at 13.15. Sunday resumes with warm-up at 08.15, ahead of the remaining two heats from 09.30, semi final and the crucial Final from 15.00. Live timing, live streaming and further information is available from www.rallycrossrx.com with advance tickets available from https://shop.estering.de/tickets.html/

Andy Scott, Team Principal and driver Albatec Racing #26 :

“I’m really excited about returning to Germany, it’s traditionally the season-ending round, but of course this year we still have three rounds remaining after that weekend. Despite that I still expect to see a fierce battle for honours among the huge entry. The track is great, it’s a circuit known to favour cars set up for the loose, so I’m sure it will suit our car and both Ramona and myself.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ramona to the team for this round, the tests at Mayenne and Knockhill went well, and I’m sure she has the potential to put on a good show in Germany.”

Ramona Karlsson, driver Albatec Racing #47 :

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Albatec Racing

“I’ve never been to Estering before, but from the people I’ve spoken to it appears that the track is quite like a rally stage, so I’m hoping my rally background will help me. I understand the first corner is tricky so a good start will be important to survive that. If I can do so, I’m going to be pushing hard for a semi final position, although I appreciate the competition will be tough.

I am feeling great about the weekend; spending time with the Albatec team at Lohéac was a good move, and the two days at Mayenne and Knockhill proved very beneficial. I really feel like we have a great relationship and I feel more motivated than I have for a very long time.”

Exclusive: DirtFish Anticipates Best Crowd in Red Bull GRC Season

Photo from DirtFish.com

Photo from DirtFish.com

 

Snoqualmie, Washington. Sno-QWAL-mee, WA. Where? Despite being just 20-minutes outside of downtown Seattle, the location for round nine of Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship may not elicit the same excitement as previous event locations such as Barbados, Daytona, or Charlotte.  However, if you’re an avid rally or rallycross fan chances are you know all about the importance of this small town.  Snoqualmie is the home of DirtFish Rally School.  DirtFish has only been in existence since 2010, but their résumé shows accomplishments that most driving schools have yet to achieve after years of being in business.  Back in 2011 they hosted a Global Rallycross Championship event.  They have had top drivers from different disciplines attend their school in order to put in a little extra seat time and brush up on their driving skills.  Some of these top drivers include David Higgins, Bucky Lasek, Travis Pastrana, David Binks, and FormulaD competitors Ryan Tuerck and Kory Keezer.  They have also been featured on one of History Channels top programs, Top Gear USA, which stars GRC competitor and 2011-2012 GRC champion, Tanner Foust.

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Photo by RaceDezert.com

Rallycross360 was recently invited to visit DirtFish. From the moment we walked through their doors we were able to see first hand what makes this facility stand out from the rest of the rally driving schools.   When it comes to rally schools this place is top notch, not only in their ability to provide professional instructors that are knowledgeable and easy going, but also in the level of service and atmosphere they provide.

We asked DirtFish Marketing Director, Troy Jorgensen, what gives DirtFish the edge over other venues that were hoping to get awarded the opportunity to host the GRC event. “We’ve learned through a lot of feedback and testimony from many people who have attend other driving schools that the other schools are okay when it comes to the driving experience,” said Jorgensen. “They had fun but they said the atmosphere is kind of like a shack on a hill for the classroom, whereas for us it’s the entire package.  When you’re here, you’re here for the entire experience. When you’re sitting in the lounge you’re surrounded by a couple million dollars worth of rally history and the cars and facility are spectacular.  We have 300hp AWD Subarus that we are constantly updating and are not falling apart around you.  The views are spectacular, we are easy to get to, and we try to make to make every experience memorable.  From the moment a client walks in the door they experience a comfortable classroom and can enjoy a custom catered lunch.  The  lunch can be ordered to  fit every dietary need.  If you were expecting a cold sandwich out of a vending machine, your not going to find it at DirtFish.   We have a couple of local restaurants that we utilize and we have full menus.  If you’re gluten-free, vegan or whatever,  it’s delivered straight to the classroom.”

If DirtFish were Mexican food they’d be the whole enchilada.  They have plenty of dirt, plenty of space on 315 acres, beautiful scenery and previous experience hosting a GRC event.  As mentioned above, they hosted the second round of GRC’s first season back in 2011. The one thing that made that round stand out and so memorable to the fans was the use of the 500-foot-long “Planer” building, or what many have referred to as the “warehouse” building. It’s a long, tunnel type of warehouse formerly used by the Weyerhaeuser company for manufacturing numerous wood products between the early 1900’s to the early 1990’s. The soaring engine songs ringing through the building is amazing music to a rally fan’s ears. Thankfully, the Planer building will be back as part of the track this season, a feature no other Red Bull GRC track has.

GRC at DirtFish/Photo by egarage.com

GRC at DirtFish/Photo by egarage.com

As an added bonus, it has been announced that six time American rally champion, David Higgins will compete in this round in a DirtFish sponsored car.  He will be joining Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen with the Subaru Rally Team USA’s Red Bull Global Rallycross team.  His co-driver, Craig Drew, will be his spotter at the event.

We asked Jorgensen how many spectators they are expecting to descend onto the DirtFish property for the race.  “The numbers we have guessed have varied so much,” said Jorgensen. “We anticipates it being the best crowd this season.”

 

Rallycross360.com has also heard that this round is expected to sell out and that tickets are going fast.  If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you may purchase them at: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/events/2014-season/seattle-wa/

Hansen Scores Podium Finish at Loheac

photo by MC KLEIN

photo by MC KLEIN
Press Release 9/07/2014

Team Peugeot-Hansen scored an emphatic podium finish at the French round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Loheac today. Fastest through the heat stages with three wins, Timmy Hansen was top at the Intermediate Classification and finished second in semi-final one to line up on the second row of the grid for the final, just ahead of team mate Timur Timerzyanov. Hansen finished third, while Timerzyanov retired on the first lap. The podium finish in Loheac comes as a result of the team’s best performance of the season so far.

In the ultra-competitive finale, lap times between the top drivers were just fractions of a second apart. Hansen drove a strong race to score the team’s third podium in a row at the event located in the Bretagne region, in front of a crowd of over 70,000 enthusiastic French fans.

MC KLEIN PHOTO 1Timmy Hansen: “A podium for Peugeot in France is just amazing, it’s fantastic to be part of.”
Swedish driver Timmy Hansen finished on the podium at round sixth of the championship in Belgium back in July, and repeated the result today at Lohéac after being the fastest driver all weekend. A pair of poor starts in the semi-final and final the only blot on Hansen’s copybook, the former single seater racer really coming of age as a rallycross competitor in the heat stages.
“In the fourth heat I took it easy after a fantastic first three heats where I had been fastest. We had saved good tyres for the semi-final and final. Unfortunately I gambled a bit too much at the start of the semi-final and I dropped back to last place after being on pole. I got pushed by Anton Marklund slightly in turn two, then the rest of the race was incredible. It was probably the best rallycross race I have ever done to get up to second. We were in third for the final, I said to myself on the start line that I was going to push really hard for the win but again I made a small mistake and set the RPMs too low. I didn’t have the greatest start and again had to fight back. When I was in third position in the final I was pushing harder than I ever have this weekend. I’m disappointed not to win, but a podium for Peugeot in France is just amazing and it’s fantastic to be part of.”

Timur Timerzyanov: “Unfortunately a touch changed my direction, I hit the metal wall and it broke my steering.”
Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov finished fifth in the Intermediate Classification at Loheac, and a good drive in semi-final one put the Russian star into the final.

“I’ve had quite a hard weekend here, my car has been giving good response to the changes we have made, but the driver has not been giving similar results. You can see that the car is very good because Timmy is half a second faster per lap than I am. I don’t know what to do with my style of driving, perhaps for this type of track I need to work on my circuit racing style. In the final I made a good start, Timmy was on the inside of me having a battle with Pontus Tidemand and we touched. Unfortunately it changed my direction, I hit the metal work and it broke my steering. The next track in Germany is very different to here, this car suits me well so hopefully we can have a good result there.”

Timmy and Kenneth Hansen - photo by Red Bull

Timmy and Kenneth Hansen -photo by Red Bull

Kenneth Hansen: “We are happy. We were able to win here if things had gone our way.”
Team Peugeot-Hansen principle Kenneth Hansen thinks that work done by the team, including a pre-event test at Essay in France this week has brought the performance of the car to the front of the field.

“We have worked hard since Canada to try to get to the next level of performance , we made some big improvements this week where we were testing with the new third car. After the practice and after the heats we proved that we had really taken a big step forward. In the semi-final and final it didn’t go our way completely, but we are happy because we were able to win here if things had gone our way. The next event in Germany is quite the opposite to here, we will try to test before then.”

Bruno Famin: “We have clearly made a step forward in performance.”
Head of Peugeot Sport, Bruno Famin, attended the Peugeot’s home event of World RX at Loheac, and was impressed by the performance for the 208 WRX cars over the course of the weekend.

“It’s very good to have a third podium in a row in the World Rallycross Championship, but more than that I am very happy with the level of performance shown all over the weekend. We have clearly made a step forward. We were all hoping for a bit more than a podium for today, but we shall keep working to try and get a win before the end of the season. To have both car in the final was evidence of the competitive level of the team, the cars and the drivers.”

The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Buxtehude, Germany September 20 and 21.

FIA World Rallycross Championship round eight, France: Final result
1 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3)
2 Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta)
3 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208)
4 Ken Block (Hooniagn Racing Division, Ford Fiesta)
5 Pontus Tidemand (EKSRX, Audi S1)
6 Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208)

FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 8 / 12):
1 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3) 185
2 Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 157
3 Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 146
4 Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 126
5 Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 123
6 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 118
7 Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 111

FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 8 / 12):
1 OlsbergsMSE/Ford 283
2 Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen 271
3 Team Peugeot-Hansen 229
4 PSRX 117
5 Monster Energy World RX Team 79
6 Albatec Racing 32

Photos 1 and 2 by McKlein/Peugeot Sport

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