NELSON PIQUET JR SIGNS WITH THE KINC

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PRESS RELEASE 7/23/2014

Marketing and talent representation agency The KINC is delighted to announce it has signed Red Bull Global Rallycross driver Nelson Piquet Jr to its motorsport talent roster.

Piquet Jr, a former Formula 1 driver, NASCAR race winner, GP2 Series runner-up and British F3 Champion, is currently competing in his first full rallycross season and has made an impressive start, achieving two podium finishes from the first three races.

Piquet Jr has followed his agent Steve Hewett, who joins The KINC from his previous role as Head of Athletes Relations for North America at Alpinestars where he worked on several motorsport series including IndyCar and Formula Drift. Piquet Jr retains NASCAR representation in the USA with FUEL Sports Management.

Piquet Jr said: “My career is quite diverse – this year I am participating in Global Rallycross, FIA GT and some NASCAR activities and so it’s important to have the right team around me. I have great NASCAR representation in the US and now with The KINC I believe I have a great European based company to work with. I am really looking forward to working with them.”

Kristoffer Hansson, Head of Rights and Athlete Representation at The KINC, said: “Nelson is a driver who has demonstrated his skill and adaptability by competing at the highest level across a range of different racing formats from F1 to NASCAR. He’s a great addition to The KINC team and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

The KINC adds Piquet Jr to its growing list of talent, which includes Dakar Rally driver Guerlain Chicherit and Nike SB athlete Halldor Helgason.

 

Foust Finally First

Tanner Foust wins in New York – Photo courtesy of Red Bull Media

 

Tanner Foust’s win in World Rallycross last month in Finland obviously boosted his confidence enough to win round four of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in New York. The tremendous performance gave him his first win of the GRC season. Foust has had a rough start this year with his best finish being fifth at round three last month in Washington D.C.  At the X Games in Austin, TX for round two, he rolled his VW Polo R in the semi-final and failed to place at all. In round one in Barbados, Foust was off to a great start in heat three when he lost a part of his car after a hard landing in the jump, causing a red flag.  The race was called and Foust found himself racing in the Last Chance Qualifier  During the LCQ he ended up taking the Joker Lap twice, causing him a time penalty that put him out of contention but this weekend he seemed to continue his Finnish groove after starting the weekend off right by taking third and first in his heats and first in his semifinal.

“It’s been a tough year,” said Foust. “The guys with the most finely tuned road racing skills have really dominated this year, and this was a course that road racing skill really played in, and (Nelson Piquet Jr. and Scott Speed) were quickest all weekend.  Luckily, I was able to use a little bit of rallycross-ness skill, focusing on starting, because the track was foust winsreally hard to pass on in order to get the job done.  Fundamentally, I still have to go to school and get quicker, and I’m getting closer and closer to fine-tune my road racing skills, but GRC has set the stage that its courses and races are going to be very much like what you see here.

Coming in right behind Foust was his teammate, Scott Speed, who was the current points leader entering round four.  After coming in second in the final, according to race officials, Speed was penalized for “…making unapproved adjustments to his vehicle during the first red flag under Article 7.7 of the series’ supplemental regulations.”  This penalty dropped Speed to ninth position at the end of the final and elevated Nelson Piquet Jr. to second place.

Speed and Piquet have been battling it out on the track for the series points lead since the beginning of the season.  With the disqualification, Nelson Piquest Jr. takes a 35-point lead over Speed. “It’s been a really good weekend for us,” said Piquet “we won the heat race, the semi-final and finished the finals in second. Obviously, we want to take the points lead on the track, but regulations are regulations.  We’ve had three podiums in four races now. The consistency is great and the result this weekend is great for the team.  I work great with my team, I love them and next weekend in Charlotte we’ll be trying to win our first race of the season. We will keep thinking about the championship and scoring as many points as we need to.”

Coming in at third place was Ken Block who had been looking forward to racing at the New York venue, “For me, to be able to come out to a bunch of new venues, especially ones near big cities, and especially cities I like to go to like New York, is really cool so I’m stoked to go to such a wide variety of great cities, like New York, Los Angeles, X Games in Austin, and Vegas,” said Block. “For me, it’s just cool to see that we’re actually working to make this sport bigger and bigger and take it to better locations.”

After a long day of battling and a number of restarts, Block was very pleased with third place.The season gets progressively better for me, so I’m stoked to have third. It was a tough day today, we had a bunch of restarts, and unfortunately I had some really good starts that were wiped away by some red flags. But it is what it is—that’s rallycross. I had some good battles going in the final, but unfortunately somebody hit my rear suspension and bent it, so I really struggled to get fourth. Then, of course, with the penalty, I ended up with third. I’m pretty happy with that, I need the points! It’s been such a bad season so far—I’ve driven well, qualified fairly well, things just hadn’t come together for the final, so I’m stoked.”

Photo courtesy of Red Bull Media

Photo courtesy of Red Bull Media

An unfortunate result from this weekend was when round three winner, Patrik Sandell, fought his way through the LCQ into the final only to encounter a red flag in the first lap of the final due to a mishap causing damage to the front end of Sandell’s car.  The crew was unable to fix the problem in time for the restart, putting Sandell’s chance for a second win in a row out of reach.  Despite that disappointing result, he still ranks fifth in overall drivers points.

The stakes are getting higher as we reach the midway point of the season.  Next round is at “The Dirt Track” in Charlotte on July 26th.  Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/red_bull_global_rallycross/

The Final Results of Round Four:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
  2. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
  6. Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
  7. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
  8. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  9. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
  10. Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

CURRENT DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Nelson Piquet Jr., 184
  2. Scott Speed, 149
  3. Steve Arpin, 140
  4. Joni Wiman, 124
  5. Patrik Sandell, 116
  6. Ken Block, 99
  7. Tanner Foust, 95
  8. Austin Dyne, 94
  9. Brian Deegan, 70
  10. Rhys Millen, 65
  11. Sverre Isachsen, 60
  12. Bucky Lasek, 57
  13. Emma Gilmour, 21
  14. Pat Moro, 3

QUICK FACT:  “This was Tanner Foust’s fifth career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory and 15th career podium finish in 27 career starts. All three statistics are series records; he is tied with Marcus Gronholm and Toomas Heikkinen for most career wins and holds the podium and event appearance records outright. It was his first victory in 12 races, dating back to the 2012 season finale in Las Vegas.” – Red Bull GRC

Source(s):

Red Bull Global Rallycross; Red Bull Media; Tanner Foust social media

Heikkinen is Back on the Podium

Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen; Photo by FIA World Rallycross Media
Photo by  FIA World Rallycross Media

Photo by FIA World Rallycross Media

Round six of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Belgium is in the record books with Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen taking the win. He became the sixth winner out of six competitions so far. Topi drives one of the VW Polos for the Marklund Motorsport team and despite being the 2013 Global Rallycross champion, he had yet to win a position on the podium this season in World RX until now.

Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen; Photo by FIA World Rallycross Media

Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen – photo by FIA World Rallycross Media.

Heikkinen had this to say after his win: “I’m very thankful to my team. They have made such a huge effort and the car is excellent. I’d like to thank Volkswagen Motorsport too for all of their help. Now that we’re six events into the season I think I can catch up in the second half. We’re only a few points behind Reinis [Nitiss] and Petter [Solberg]. So it’s going to get really exciting.”

Taking second behind Heikkinen was Team Peugeot-Hansen driver Timmy Hansen. Although Hansen had some difficulty during the heat races, he was able to set the fastest lap times in heats two, three, and four. In heat four, Timmy had the fastest time by over 2.5 seconds ahead of the nearest car behind him. Timmy went on to finish third in his semifinal and second in the final. “The whole team has worked so hard for this result, it means so much to us,” said Timmy. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the podium but I’m really happy to be here, especially after such a hard weekend. The final didn’t go to plan. I think I was last on the first corner and then I made a mistake and dropped even further, but the next few laps I just went flat out and was right behind Topi at the end. I have to thank my team for this. They have built a wonderful car.” This is Timmy’s first time on the podium this season.

Considering it was only his second event in World RX, Johan Kristoffersson won his semifinal and placed third on the podium. “This is only the second race for us and I would have been happy just finishing in the semifinals,” said Kristofferson. “To get to the final was amazing and to be on the podium is just the best feeling. We had a really good start in the final race as we were in pole position and I think that’s what really helped us get here. Hopefully we will be back for some more races in the second half of the season.” Kristoffersson was also awarded Monster Energy Super Charge Award after his quick start.

At the start of the final, Petter Solberg appeared to have a great start and looked to be a contender for a position on the podium but his car began having rear suspension issues during the final laps. The rear suspension broke making it difficult to keep up a good pace.

Coming in at fourth and fifth place were Anton Marklund, driving the other VW Polo for VW Marklund, and Pontus Tidemand, driver of the Audi S1 for EKS RX.

Points front-runners, Andread Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss, who both drive for Ford Olsberg MSE, had a difficult weekend. On day one, Bakkerud’s car suffered engine failure in heat one forcing him to sit out heat two. The team worked on the car all night but were unable to repair it in time for heat three, forcing Bakkerud to retire from the rest of the event. After a collision with Henning Solberg, Nitiss’ right rear tire was torn off. The team was able to get it repaired in time for Nitiss to take the win in heat three, advancing him into the first semifinal where he came in fifth.

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS:

Petter SOLBERG – 125
Reinis NITISS – 122
Toomas HEIKKINEN – 117
Andreas BAKKERUD – 99
Anton MARKLUND – 85
Timmy HANSEN – 78
Timur TIMERZYANOV – 76
Robin LARSSON – 40
Pontus TIDEMAND – 37
Liam DORAN – 34
Henning SOLBERG – 27
Johan KRISTOFFERSSON – 24
Derek TOHILL – 19
Koen PAUWELS – 17
Andy SCOTT – 14
Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN – 12
Emil ÖHMAN – 11
Peter HEDSTRÖM – 11
Davy JEANNEY – 7
Jos JANSEN – 6
Tord LINNERUD – 6
Jacques VILLENEUVE – 5
Edward SANDSTRÖM – 4
Alexandre THEUIL – 3
Lukas WALFRIDSON – 1
Tommy RUSTAD – 1

Albatec Returns to Full Strength for World RX of Belgium

Photo courtesy of Albatec Racing
Photo courtesy of Albatec Racing

Photo courtesy of Albatec Racing

Press Release – July 10, 2014

Albatec Racing returns to full strength in round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy in Belgium this weekend (July 12 and 13), when both two-liter, 16-valve Albatec Peugeot 208s are back in action.

Team Principal Andy Scott; Photo courtesy of Albatec Racing

Team principal Andy Scott – photo courtesy of Albatec Racing

Following a heavy test crash in Sweden by former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve last month, team principal Andy Scott gave up his own car for the French-Canadian to drive in the three Scandinavian rounds. Now though, the Dumfries businessman will be reunited with the #26 MacDuff-backed motor as he challenges for his first outright World RX win.

Now restored to a two-car attack as the season approaches the midway point, hopes are high of a return to form for the team that showed semifinal pace in the opening two rounds for former British Rallycross Vice-Champion Andy, and for lady luck to shine on Jacques who has consistently proved his speed behind the wheel of the 600-horsepower French powerhouse.

The new Circuit Jules Tacheny track should suit the Peugeot and Jacques well, being largely road–based. In the last three rounds he showed outstanding pace, posting the fastest single lap in heat one, and the second in heat two in Norway. In Finland the 1995 Indycar World Series Champion looked set for a semifinal slot only to have a puncture end his progress, while last time out in Sweden, even a heat win and a rapid pace on day two was not enough to secure a semifinal place, as crash damage sustained on Saturday ruled him out.

Being new to the championship also means the track is unknown territory for everyone, offering a level playing field across the huge 37-strong Supercar field. The Mettet track located near Charleroi was originally built for motorcycle racing in 1927 and since then has hosted two- and four-wheeled events. While new to the rallycross schedule, the organizers have spent considerable time and money on preparing the track to FIA standards and indications are that the weekend will offer up another superb action-packed event.

Saturday’s track action begins with open practice at 11:00 am and the first of two qualifying heats at 1:30 pm. Sunday sees an hour-long warm-up at 8:00 am followed by two further heats at 9:30, with the semifinals getting underway at 3:00 pm. Additional event information is available at www.rallycrossrx.com

Andy Scott, Team Principal and Driver, Albatec Racing #26:
“The damage sustained to Jacques’ car in Sweden was extensive but it’s now been completely rebuilt and ready for race action, and we’re pleased to have both cars back out in Belgium. Over the last three races we’ve suffered with running just one car – having two naturally doubles the chances of progressing to the semifinals, as well as providing double the opportunities to further develop the car.

“I believe Jacques has the potential to shine in the second half of the year, he’s already shown his speed, we just need to harness that and convert it into consistent results across the heats. The upcoming tracks should suit his driving style, while the new Mettet track offers a level playing field across the board for everyone. Personally I can’t wait to get back in the driving seat too, it’s been incredibly tough being at the track and not racing.”

Jacques Villeneuve, Driver, Albatec Racing #25:
“I’m looking forward to Belgium and the subsequent races, which are held on road courses transformed into rallycross circuits which should suit my driving style better, and where one bad race doesn’t have such an effect on the overall results. We need to find a little bit more speed, but I’m confident we can do so as I think we have a good base from which to progress.”

RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS ANNOUNCES ADJUSTMENTS TO 2014 CALENDAR

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PRESS RELEASE – JULY 10, 2014

Red Bull Global Rallycross has announced an adjustment to its 2014 event calendar, effective immediately. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, previously scheduled for September 19-20 on the Port of Los Angeles, will be extended to a three-day event, replacing the series’ round in Detroit scheduled for August 2-3.

Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles will now serve as a doubleheader event, ensuring the preservation of the series’ 10-race championship. The race weekend will now kick off on September 19 while dual finals will be run on September 20 and 21. Both events will be televised live on NBC.

In addition to the scheduled broadcasts, the series will run a 90-minute midseason recap broadcast on August 3 at 4:30PM ET, which will include new and exclusive content to help showcase Red Bull Global Rallycross to its ever-growing fan base.

“Los Angeles has been the home of Red Bull Global Rallycross since the series was founded, and is home to some of our most passionate fans as well,” said Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. “By converting our round in Los Angeles into a three-day event and points-paying doubleheader, we offer additional value to our fans in one of our core markets, as well as creating additional championship intrigue for our fans watching at home on NBC. We remain committed to our fan base in Detroit, and we look forward to racing in the Motor City in 2015.”

The revised 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule is as follows:

  • May 17-18: Top Gear Festival Barbados
  • June 7: X Games Austin
  • June 21-22: Volkswagen Rallycross DC
  • July 19-20: Volkswagen Rallycross NY
  • July 25-26: Red Bull Global Rallycross Charlotte
  • August 22-23: Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona
  • September 19-20: Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles I
  • September 21: Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles II
  • September 26-27: Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle
  • November 5: Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas
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