Albatec Racing And James Grint Gunning For British RX Title

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Press Release – February 10, 2016

Dumfries rallycross squad Albatec Racing has announced the first of its plans for 2016, with the news that James Grint will stay with the team and contest the full MSA British Rallycross Championship. The 25 year-old Hertfordshire driver will pilot one of the team’s two-litre, 16v Peugeot 208 Supercars in the eight-round series, which kicks off at Croft, North Yorkshire on Sunday 6 March.

After an incredibly busy 2015 that saw the Andy Scott led team complete 17 Supercar events, (27 individual races across both Peugeot 208s), eight RX150 outings, and one kart race, as well as numerous test sessions, and the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, the team racked up the miles both on and off the track. Now the team has set its sights very much on claiming the British RX title so narrowly missed last year, when Team Principal Andy lost out at the very last round.

James burst onto the rallycross scene racing RX150 buggies in 2013, before having his first test in a 600bhp Supercar at Dreux, France, joining former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and the Albatec team. Last season James made his Supercar debut in the British series at Pembrey, before embarking on an ambitious Euro RX programme alongside Jérôme Grosset-Janin, crowned Vice-Champion, where the Briton secured three semi finals places.

Bringing British RX into line with the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year, a revised event format will see competitors contest three heats with the top sixteen at the end of the heat stages, now called the Intermediate Classification, divided into two eight-car semi-finals. The top four from each semi-final will qualify for the eight-car final.

The full MSA British Rallycross Championship dates are: 6 March Croft; 28 March Lydden Hill; 2 May Pembrey; 29 May Lydden Hill; 17 July Maasmechelen; 29 August Lydden Hill; 25 September Pembrey; 22 October Croft.

Andy Scott, Team Principal Albatec Racing :

“I’m delighted to welcome James back into the team for a second season. There’s no doubt that consistency is important for both team and driver, and I’m certain there’s a lot more to come from him. He proved last season that he could mix it with the front runners, gaining three semi-final places in Europe, as well as putting on a pretty impressive show in his very first event at Pembrey.

“His previous rally experience meant he was very quickly up to speed on the gravel aspect of rallycross tracks, and he’s done some driving this year which he feels will help him on the tarmac sections too, so car and driver look a good prospect for a potential title-winning combination.”

James Grint, driver Albatec Racing :

“I’m really excited to be staying with Albatec in 2016. I’ve known the team for a while now and I’ve got two amazing mechanics, who I get on very well with, and I trust implicitly which I think is one of the most important things a driver needs to have in his team, complete confidence in his car and crew. My engineer is also incredibly clever, he’s engineered cars for some of the biggest names in motorsport and is constantly working to improve the setup and the car itself.

“And of course behind every successful team is a great team boss, and Andy is brilliant. He’s always on hand to talk strategy and all kinds of important racing stuff, but he will also pick up a spanner or a welding torch to help get the car on track if needed.

“My initial plan was to do the British and European championships. The British championship means a lot to both me and my sponsors so it was a deciding factor, and although I haven’t quite got the budget to do both right now, I’ll be working hard to top up the calendar with some Euro RX races.

“It looks like it will be a very fair and professional championship this season, and bringing it into line with the format of World RX, plus having Tim Whittington as race director should make the events run perfectly. Although I’m still a relative newcomer to rallycross compared to the rest of the supercar drivers in Britain, I think with the Albatec car being as fast as it is I should be a championship contender for sure.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to NBC and NBCSN in 2016

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18 Hours of Original Global Rallycross Programming in 2016 

 

Media Release 02/02/2016  – Red Bull Global Rallycross and NBC Sports Group are pleased to announce that Red Bull GRC coverage will once again return to NBC and NBCSN in 2016. For the second consecutive season, NBC will broadcast live coverage of all 2016 GRC Supercar races. In addition, NBCSN will telecast encore presentations of Supercar races and live coverage of all GRC Lites races.

“NBC Sports Group has been one of our most valued partners for the past few years as we have continued to expand and grow the Red Bull GRC brand,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “With competitive broadcast windows, unmatched production values, and a keen eye for storytelling, they truly are the best in the business. We’re greatly looking forward to expanding our presence on the NBC Sports Group family platforms this year.”

“NBC Sports is very pleased with the success of Red Bull Global Rallycross,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We are excited to expand our coverage, and look forward to serving as the television partner of Global Rallycross for the 2016 season.”

 

More information on the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, including venue details and where to buy tickets, will be available in the coming weeks at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar Broadcast Schedule

Broadcast Date Time (ET) Network Event
1 May 22 2:00 PM NBCSN Phoenix, AZ
2 June 4 2:30 PM NBC Dallas, TX
3 June 19 3:00 PM NBC Daytona Beach, FL
4 July 2 5:00 PM NBC The Base
5 July 3 5:00 PM NBC The Base
6 July 30 2:00 PM NBC Washington, DC
7 August 28 3:00 PM NBC TBA
8 September 18 1:30 PM NBC Seattle, WA
9 October 9 3:00 PM NBC Los Angeles, CA

 

2016 GRC Lites Broadcast Schedule

Broadcast Date Time (ET) Network Event
1 May 25 4:30 PM NBCSN Phoenix, AZ
2 June 8 4:30 PM NBCSN Dallas, TX
3 June 22 4:30 PM NBCSN Daytona Beach, FL
4 July 6 4:30 PM NBCSN The Base
5 August 24 4:30 PM NBCSN Washington, DC
6 September 1 4:30 PM NBCSN TBA
7 September 21 4:30 PM NBCSN Seattle, WA
8 October 12 4:00 PM NBCSN Los Angeles, CA

Tanner Foust to Appear at Leadfoot Festival This Weekend

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shown in competition in California last season. Image: Larry Chen Photo

U.S. Driver makes New Zealand debut with Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Passat

Media Release February 2, 2016  –  Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust will make an exciting off-season appearance at New Zealand’s Leadfoot Festival this weekend. The multi-time champion is set to appear February 6 and 7 with his unique Volkswagen Passat drift machine.
“I’m honored to be invited to New Zealand for the Leadfoot Festival,” said Foust. “Rod Millen was a big hero of mine growing up, watching rally, and it’s exciting to join him at his home for this annual celebration of speed.”
It will be the first time Foust’s rear-wheel drive converted drift machine is shown outside of the United States. The Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Passat, which produces 900 nitrous-boosted horsepower from its V8 engine, was introduced less than a year ago for a limited series of Formula Drift appearances in the United States. It has rapidly become a fan favorite.
The car features a four-speed dog-engagement transmission, a Tilton clutch, AEM Infinity-10 fuel injection, RS-R suspension and an extroverted APR Performance swan-mount wing. Its distinctive supercar exhaust note comes from a specially designed eight into one sequential collector.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Passat is the latest special build from Tanner Foust Racing. Vehicle builds represent a growing area of interest for Foust, who debuted the RAUH-Welt Begriff Volkswagen Beetle at SEMA 2014.
The Leadfoot Festival is a celebration of motorsport held at Leadfoot Ranch on New Zealand’s North Island. The event brings together new and classic cars, vintage motorcycles, and motorsport legends on Rod and Shelly Millen’s 150-acre ocean-front estate.
Champion racer Millen hand-selects racers from around the world to participate in the event. In addition to Foust and his screaming Passat, the diverse assortment of guests will include IndyCar racer Scott Dixon and his 1906 DARRACQ Le Mans car, Alister McRae and the 1998 Possum Bourne Motorsport Subaru rally car, and Rhys Millen and his Global Rallycross Hyundai Veloster.
The appearance comes during a busy off-season for Foust who, in addition to racing, works as a stunt driver and is one of the hosts of Top Gear, airing on the HISTORY channel. Full details of Foust’s 2016 competition schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Red Bull Global Rallycross Unveils 2016 Championship Schedule

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Press Release 01/26/16 – Red Bull Global Rallycross will take their revolutionary action motorsport to multiple new markets this year, while also returning to fan favorite locations as part of the 2016 championship schedule announced today. The 12-race schedule spans from May to October and will once again be broadcast on the NBC family of networks, with a majority of Supercar action broadcast live on NBC.

“Once again, we are proud to unveil a unique new schedule for the latest Red Bull Global Rallycross season,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our high-octane brand of motorsport to multiple new locations, as well as maintaining some of our most popular stops and returning to a fan favorite market in Seattle. We think that this year’s events will once again raise the bar and produce some of our most exciting action yet!”

For its sixth year, Red Bull GRC again takes racing to the fans with purpose-built racetracks in unexpected settings convenient to major markets. The series’ tracks feature a mix of dirt and pavement, as well as a signature 70-foot jump. At each round, star drivers in 600-horsepower Supercars battle through multiple heats, semifinals, and a last chance qualifier for a spot in the winner-take-all main event. Open paddocks at every race allow fans to get up close to the drivers and cars.

This year’s slate builds on the series’ success, with new courses that are longer and faster than ever before. Recent seasons have seen the series hold events in urban locations including Los Angeles and Washington DC, as well as the first championship race ever held at an active military installation. Once again, doubleheaders will prove crucial to the championship, with the season kicking off with a brand new doubleheader event in Phoenix.  Three more will follow throughout the season, concluding with the series’ signature doubleheader event in Los Angeles.

More information on the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, including venue details and where to buy tickets, will be available in the coming weeks at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Schedule

Round    Date                  Location 

1               May 21                Phoenix, AZ (I)

2              May 22                Phoenix, AZ (II)

3             June 4                 Dallas, TX

4              June 18               Daytona Beach, FL (I)

5              June 19               Daytona Beach, FL (II)

6              July 2                  The Base (I)

7              July 3                  The Base (II)

8             July 30                Washington, DC

9            August 28            TBA

10          September 17      Seattle, WA

11           October 8            Los Angeles, CA

12          October 9             Los Angeles, CA

BFGoodrich Tires Becomes Exclusive Tire Supplier For Red Bull Global Rallycross

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Red Bull GRC Media Release 01/25/16

Red Bull Global Rallycross and  BFGoodrich Tires are pleased to announce a multi-year agreement that will see BFGoodrich become the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series. The agreement will commence immediately in preparation of the opening race of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, and covers both the Supercar and GRC Lites classes.

“We are extremely excited to partner with BFGoodrich as our exclusive tire supplier in Red Bull GRC competition,” said Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. “BFGoodrich’s legacy, both in and out of motorsport, is second to none, and we look forward to working with them as one of our most integral partners beginning with this season.”

Groupe Michelin’s commitment to worldwide motorsport with its two global brands, MICHELIN and BFGoodrich, is unparalleled by any other tire company. Teams competing with Michelin tires have taken every 24 Hours of Le Mans overall victory since 1998, as well as the past five World Rally Championships with drivers Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

Similarly, the BFGoodrich Tires brand has delivered more championships in world-class desert racing than any other tire manufacturer over the past four decades, most recently dominating North American desert racing with 20 overall wins in the last two years’ 22 most-celebrated races on the continent.  Only BFGoodrich owns 27 overall wins in the famous Baja 1000, more wins in the iconic race than those of all other tiremakers combined.

“The BFGoodrich brand is a critical part of the Groupe Michelin’s success in motorsports. The brand is key in how we use competition both to engage our consumers and to develop new products,” said Scott Clark, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Michelin North America. “BFGoodrich’s heritage of four decades in racing on a wide variety of surfaces and terrain demonstrates the ability to bring advanced tire technology to racing disciplines like the Red Bull Global Rallycross. In addition, BFGoodrich Tires shares many of the brand attributes and consumer interaction efforts that the Red Bull brand boasts. BFGoodrich Tires’ involvement in the GRC series is a natural extension of the brand’s global partnership with Red Bull.”

Further announcements about the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will be made in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all of the latest news and announcements at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @RedBullGRC.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

About BFGoodrich Tires:

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, short course, desert, dirt, short course and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit the BFGoodrich Tires Racing site at http://www.bfgoodrichracing.com on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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