By Audrey Guistiniani
The big finale for Redbull Global Rallycross at Las Vegas was one of the most exciting races of the season. This year the track was located at The LINQ, a dining, shopping and entertainment district right in the heart of the Vegas Strip. The track was right at the foot of the 550-foot ferris wheel called the High Roller. The wide track was excellent. It had high speed corners, long straights, interesting hairpins and the joker turn, which made for lots of surprises. It was around 38% dirt. The atmosphere was amazing. As soon as I walked in I could feel the excitement. Kids and adults wandered around the open paddock talking with the drivers about their techniques or just congratulating them for their performance. It’s always nice to see how the drivers are available to the growing number of fans attending the races. I was able to see how everyone works together to make a victory happen.
Both days were interesting as I watched the drivers try to figure out how to take the corner before the jump. That particular corner was very dusty and deep on the first day, but was quickly fixed by the second day. The beetles especially had big success. This was the first time I able to see them perform. It was very impressive. I knew that VW is doing very well in rally, and now I get to watch them in rallycross.
The first start during the final began with a hit between Speed and Lasek in the first corner. Fortunately, both could line up for the restart and continue racing. Specifically, it was great for Bucky Lasek who took third on the podium that evening.
It was a big win for both Ken Block and for Joni Wiman. Block won the event and Wiman took second in the round, giving him enough points to win the championship. Emma Gilmour, who did a great job all season, made history as the first female in GRC to race in the final. I was also able to witness a big victory for Mitchell Dejong in the Lites series. DeJong won both the race and championship.
This season is over now, but GRC continues to grow and is getting more and more popular. GRC is the series to enjoy racing with simplicity and fun.
Photos by Audrey Guistiniani