Block, Sandell Battle it Out in Detroit

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With the Detroit skyline as its backdrop, Red Bull Global Rallycross put on another spectacular double header race weekend on Belle Isle.

Saturdays race saw Ken Block earn his third win and fourth podium of the season.  He currently leads in Supercar driver points by 26 points over Olsebergs MSE driver, Sebastian Eriksson.

It was a battle in the final between Patrik Sandell and Block with Sandell taking the lead. He had been able to put a decent gap between he and Block until, with three laps left, his car suffered from mechanical issues allowing Block and the remaining drivers pass him by.   Sandell’s misfortune became Blocks gain.

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“It was quite an eventful time!” said Block, “I was happy with second place and taking home some good points, but I ended up with the win. I’m the all-time winningest GRC driver now with six wins, so that’s pretty cool. I’m really stoked—that’s just a testament to how hard my team and I work.”

Sunday saw Sandell bounce back in a big way.  His misfortune the previous day was due to a driveshaft failure.  Overnight the team worked to get the problem resolved and were ready to battle it out again in day two.

The final on day two saw Ken Block out front off the grid until he came in contact with Sandell and Tanner Foust.  The contact disabled Foust’s car causing a red flag and ending the race for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver. Block was penalized by officials for rough driving.  The penalty put Block to the back of the grid for the restart.  This time Blocks misfortune was Sandell’s gain.

In the second start, Sandell found himself in a battle with Scott Speed.  Sandell took the joker on the first lap and was able to pull out ahead of Speed, maintaining his lead for the remainder of the race.  This lead resulted in Patrik’s first win of the season.

“We have a fantastic car,” said Sandell. “My team has put together the perfect package for me, and we’ve been able to be fast for a while, but we hadn’t been able to get to the finish. Yesterday we had a problem with the car and retired in the final, but today Bryan Herta and his guys just put everything together for me. I’m so happy for them—this victory goes to them.”

GRC Lites

On Saturday, DirtFish Motorsports driver, Tanner Whitten, earned his first victory. He stood on the podium with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver, Miles Maroney in second and Austin Cindric in third.

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Sunday saw GRC Lites rookie, Miles Maroney move from the second step to the top of the podium. He beat AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez in a photo finish, taking the win by .161 seconds.  Austin Cindric of Olsbergs MSE took third, to move into the championship lead.

 

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Photo Credit: Red Bull Global Rallycross

“Ken Block Earns Record-Setting Sixth Career Red Bull Global Rallycross Win in Detroit”

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Red Bull GRC Press Release 7/25/15

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block earned his record-setting sixth career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory in Detroit on Saturday, passing Patrik Sandell in the race’s late stages to further extend his Supercar points lead. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed and Red Bull Olsbergs MSE driver Sebastian Eriksson completed the podium, while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brian Deegan and fellow Red Bull OMSE driver Joni Wiman completed the top five.

“It was quite an eventful time!” Block said after the race. “I was happy with second place and taking home some good points, but I ended up with the win. I’m the all-time winningest GRC driver now with six wins, so that’s pretty cool. I’m really stoked—that’s just a testament to how hard my team and I work.”

Block and Sandell each won both of their heat races to set up a face-off in the final, with the Swedish driver muscling past to take an early, and sizable, lead. But with three laps to go, the Bryan Herta Rallysport car encountered a mechanical issue, allowing the field to drive past him.

“I was so focused on getting a good start that I just braked a bit late to make sure that I had the momentum to get through the first corner, and it took me a little wide,” Block explained. “Patrik got around me on the inside. He was pulling away from me a little bit, but then I saw some smoke and some fire from his car. I don’t know what happened, but I just had to find the right spot to get by him and make sure people didn’t catch up to me.”

In GRC Lites, points leader Tanner Whitten took the first victory of his career for DirtFish Motorsports. Miles Maroney earned the best finish of his career for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, passing Austin Cindric for the second position on the final lap. Cindric completed the podium, his third of the year for OMSE.

Unofficial Red Bull Global Rallycross Detroit I Supercar results are as follows:

  1. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Austin Dyne, #14 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  7. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  10. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  11. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  12. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

Red Bull Global Rallycross action from Detroit continues on Sunday with round six of the championship for both Supercar and GRC Lites. Sunday’s action will be broadcast live on NBC at 4:30PM ET.

For more information on Red Bull Global Rallycross, head to www.redbullglobalrallycross.com. Follow the series on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedBullGRC, Twitter and Instagram at @RedBullGRC, and YouTube at YouTube.com/RedBullGRC.

Timmy Hansen: “I Will Continue Taking My Chances When They Come”

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“I was born to do this.” – Timmy Hansen

 

A few weeks ago we were all anticipating Round 6 of FIA World Rallycross Championship.  The event was held at Höljes, Sweden, one of the most exciting venues on the calendar with one of the more challenging tracks and a favorite of most teams and drivers.  One of those teams is Team Peugeot-Hansen. Back in June the team had spent time at the Höljes track conducting development tests. Their hard work and attitude of always striving to be better produced results in the proceeding round  in Germany when Team Peugeot-Hansen driver, Timmy Hansen, earned his third podium of the season.
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Yvan Muller Joins Albatec Racing at Lohéac Round

 

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Albatec Racing Media Release 07/11/2015

Legendary race ace Yvan Muller will contest World Rallycross of France at Lohéac with Albatec Racing in September.  The four-time FIA World Touring Car Champion (WTCC), former British Touring Car Champion, and ten-time Andros Trophy winner will make his rallycross debut aboard one of the team’s 600bhp Peugeot 208 RX Supercars alongside Euro RX championship leader, and fellow Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin.

Team-mate to Sébastien Loeb in WTCC, who also contested the French classic two years ago, Yvan has been released by Citroën to join the Dumfries–based team during a break in his schedule, and has already undergone a test with Albatec at Faleyras in France where he was immediately setting competitive times.

I’ve wanted to do rallycross for a long time,” said Muller, “it’s been on my mind for four or five years, but I didn’t have the opportunity, the good opportunity, or the time to do it. I’m really looking forward to doing Lohéac, firstly it’s very well known in France, and rallycross now is at a high level, so I think it’s just the right time to do it. So yes, I’m very pleased and looking forward to it.”

Yvan has also raced successfully in single-seaters and rallying, but Rallycross de Lohéac marks his first competitive outing in rallycross. His record-holding status in Andros Trophy looks likely to be a bonus for the 45 year-old, which similarly features a series of short, sharp, all-action heats and finals.

One of the most successful drivers in touring car history, Yvan will join Albatec at a second test at Lohéac in August, in preparation for round nine ofMuller with Albatec 2 the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.  When asked about recent testing, Muller had this to say,“The test with Albatec in Faleyras was good, very nice. It was my first experience, so I learnt and saw much more how rallycross is, what it’s all about. The track was quite greasy, quite slippery when we started, because we had a spot of rain but it was great.”

He will join a world-class field of rallycross drivers including reigning World RX champion and 2013 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, winner of last year’s event.

Arguably the best-attended event on the World RX schedule, Rallycross de Lohéac broke all records in 2013 when Loeb competed, and last year more than 70,000 fans witnessed the non-stop action at the track in Brittany. Yvan’s participation this year looks likely to add further buzz to the frantic atmosphere the event attracts.

“We had a very successful test with Yvan,” said team principal, Andy Scott, “he’s totally committed, and obviously an incredibly fast and professional driver, who will I’m certain fit in very well with the team and indeed rallycross. Having an all-French line-up, aboard French cars, at the biggest event on the French rallycross calendar will I’m sure contribute to the amazing atmosphere the event always attracts.”

For Albatec Racing, which this season is contesting the full British and European series, as well as several French RX rounds, the event marks a welcome return to World RX action, following its Lydden Hill appearance in May, with numerous other events on its program for 2015.

 

To see Yvan’s first experience of Albatec’s Peugeot 208 RX Supercar, click the link here https://youtu.be/w1v_FBhWXT0

Tickets are on sale for the Lohéac round at https://www.weezevent.com/fia-world-rallycross-of-france-round-9-loheac-rx-2015

 

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Ken Block Wins the Battle at U.S. Military Base

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Round 4 of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship is in the books and gymkhana stud Ken Block has earned his second victory and third podium of the season. Block fought hard during his two heats finishing in third and fourth position, but started to really gain momentum after winning his semifinal.  “I’m very lucky to have two out of four wins,” Block said. “Today was crazy up and down, so I’m really lucky to be here on top. I’d like to say thanks to everyone who came out—it was great to see everybody and sign autographs last night, and it’s great interacting with the military.”

The racing was intense throughout the weekend.  The main event began with Patrik Sandell (#18) taking the lead and looking to earn his first win of the season.  Midway through the race Brian Deegan (#38) slammed into a tire barrier sending him across the track and into a another barrier at the start-finish line.  The accident caused a red flag resulting in a restart.  This restart proved to be beneficial for Block as he took the lead off the line andFO-1J5SPY1852111 held on to it during the remaining four laps.  Although Patrik Sandell was unable to regain his previous lead prior to the restart, he was able to move into second position fairly quickly and maintain that position to the checkered flag with Nelson Piquet Jr. right behind him in third.

This event marked two firsts for Red Bull Global Rallycross.  It was the first time a racing series has ever competed on an active military base also this was the largest track in the series history.  The .993 mile track was situated on a runway consisting of seven turns and five straightaways.

Next round of Red Bull Global Rallycross will be a doubleheader held in Detroit, the Motor City.

Information about upcoming events at: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/events/

Photo Credit: Red Bull Global Rallycross

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