Kevin Hansen Scores Debut Podium in Red Bull GRC

Kevin Hansen
Kevin Hansen

Kevin Hansen

PRESS RELEASE 9/22/2014

Red Bull athlete Kevin Hansen made his first visit to the United States of America to contest the seventh and eighth rounds of the Global Rallycross Lites Championship in Los Angeles, at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 Lites [September 19-21].

Kevin Hansen entered the event on the back of winning the RallyX Scandinavia Lites championship, but faced stiff competition from compatriot Kevin Eriksson and fellow Red Bull driver Mitchell De Jong. Knowing that he was new to the GRC-style circuit, Hansen was pleased to get some good track time on the first of the event’s three days. “I like the event format and it was nice to get a lot of laps in to start with to help me learn the track on the Friday. Our setup data was more suited to the more gravely circuits in Euro but the GRC tracks are more tarmac like a race track so the time was useful,” said the Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team driver.

Kevin Hansen and Mitchell deJong

Kevin Hansen and Mitchell deJong

The Swede was pleased with his three practice runs, but found getting up to the pace of the front runners more difficult that expected. That didn’t stop him claiming his first heat race win in his very first outing. “I made a good start in heat one and managed to win the race. I’m very proud that I won my first ever race in America. In the second heat I started next to De Jong and took the lead. He pushed me hard but had problems near the end and took another win.” The final of round seven took place on Saturday and Hansen started third on the grid. “I made a good start and got up to second behind Kevin [Eriksson]. He took the shortcut on the first lap and I tried to chase him down but made a couple of mistakes. De Jong passed me on lap three but made quite bit contact with my car which bent the rear suspension. I had to do seven laps with the wheel toeing out, so it was great to finish third and be on the podium in my first Red Bull GRC final.”

Keen to fight for victory in round eight, Hansen and his mechanics worked hard in the next practice session to improve his car. “I wanted to win really bad, so we did a few runs and did a great job with the setup. Qualifying felt really good and I thought it was a really quick lap but we were six tenths off the fastest time so I went to bed a bit despondent on Saturday night.” With both heats and the final of round eight taking place on the Sunday, Hansen chased De Jong hard in the first heat but spun in the shortcut on the last lap. “I was annoyed that I made a mistake in the first heat. Then I started on the outside for heat two and pushed really hard. I pulled into third and tried to hunt down the guys who took the shortcut on lap one. I crossed the line second but the stewards said I was third, I still don’t know why.”

Starting fifth in the final, Hansen planned to make a move up the inside at turn one but with no way through the young Swede got stuck in traffic. “I tried to get in behind Kevin [Eriksson] on lap one but it didn’t work and I got stuck in a line of cars. I tried to pass Tyler Benson but we touched and my car lifted off the ground a bit. Then someone hit me really hard which did a lot of damage and put me out of the race. It’s disappointing but sometimes it’s like that. It was a good learning experience in LA and I really think we had the pace for at least a podium on day three.”

Kevin Hansen now has less than a week to prepare for the fifth round of the RX Lites series that supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The event takes place at the new Franciacorta circuit in Northern Italy. “The track in Italy will be very different from the GRC track in LA. I need to get my head back into European mode. We need to put a tricky weekend behind us and remember how consistent we have been this season in Europe. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Los Angeles One : GRC Lites Final
1 Kevin Eriksson – Olsbergs MSE
2 Mitchell De Jong – Olsbergs MSE
3 Kevin Hansen – Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team
4 Geoff Sykes – DTV Solutions
5 Austin Cindric – Go Puck
6 Tyler Benson – Rhys Millen Racing
6 Alejandro Fernandez – Olsbergs MSE

Los Angeles Two : GRC Lites Final
1 Mitchell De Jong – Olsbergs MSE
2 Kevin Eriksson – Olsbergs MSE
3 Alejandro Fernandez – Olsbergs MSE
4 Austin Cindric – Go Puck
5 Tyler Benson – Rhys Millen Racing
6 Kevin Hansen – Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team
7 Geoff Sykes – DTV Solutions

Photos provided by Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team

Scott Speed, Rhys Millen Take Victories in Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles Doubleheader

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Photo-Red Bull Global Rallycross

Photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Press Release From Red Bull Global Rallycross  9/21/2014

Scott Speed won his third race of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season and Rhys Millen became the second multiple winner in the Supercar class this year at Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, held at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA. The only doubleheader of the series’ 2014 season, the race served as the seventh and eighth rounds of the championship and a return to the sport’s home base.

The first points-paying round took place on Friday and Saturday, with the remaining racing taking place in Sunday’s show. Speed dominated the first round in the #77 Volkswagen Polo R, posting the second-fastest time in qualifying before winning both heats on the way to the final. Behind him, Joni Wiman earned the second position for his best run of the year, while Ken Block completed the podium.

“So far this Polo has been quite reliable,” said Speed after Saturday’s win, who used teammate Tanner Foust’s former car as Foust debuted the Beetle in the event. “Hopefully that continues for the rest of the races, and for sure that will give us a shot at the championship.”

Scott Speed - photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Scott Speed – photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Saturday’s result put all three drivers, plus Nelson Piquet Jr., within 10 points of one another heading into Sunday. From there, Millen was the star of the show, qualifying third, winning his semifinal and taking a dominant victory over Block and Wiman in the main event.

“To sum it up, it’s been testing,” Millen said of his recent success. “We’ve had time to go to the events, not only to compete, but to go a week early and actually develop the car. We found the right combination in Charlotte, got it right in Daytona, and followed it up this weekend. So really it’s just hard work and sweat that’s got the car running fast.”

In GRC Lites, Olsbergs MSE teammates Kevin Eriksson and Mitchell DeJong split the weekend’s finals. Eriksson won on Saturday, while DeJong used the joker on the last lap to win Sunday’s final by .04 seconds.

When all was said and done, Block seized the championship lead outright by 18 points over the rookie Wiman, with Speed and Piquet both within striking distance as the series heads to DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA for Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle on September 26-27.

Results from Saturday’s final are as follows:

  1. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
  2. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
  5. Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

Results from Sunday’s final are as follows:

  1. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
  2. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  5. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar points through 8 of 10 races are as follows:

  1. Ken Block, 299 points
  2. Joni Wiman, 281
  3. Scott Speed, 275
  4. Nelson Piquet Jr., 265
  5. Patrik Sandell, 216

Photos by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Exciting Doubleheader for Red Bull Global Rallycross

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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 weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader events 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’ll see the return of Travis Pastrana, and third, we’ll FINALLY get to see the highly anticipated VW Beetle make its debut.

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 Saturday’s final.

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Photo by Red Bull Global Rallycross

Appearing this weekend in both rounds with Subaru Rally Team USA will be the one and only Travis Pastrana. Because he’s not racing the full 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, there are no points on the line for him – which means a little less pressure. Pastrana is looking forward to this weekend’s race.

“I love being here – my wife and all of 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 it and maybe not make a pass, but here it adds some separation.”

And then there’s the VW Beetle… just when we were about to give up on the idea that Herbie would ever show its front bumper to the public, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will debut the Super Beetle in the hometown 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

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Nelson Piquet Jr’s car in Los Angeles – photo by SH Racing Rallycross

Of course we can’t forget the current points leader, Nelson Piquet Jr., who has done an excellent job of racing this season but also realizes this will be a challenging track. He’ll have to work 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, and 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.”

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.

AIRING:
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 Austin 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 where Dyne marvelously showcased his skills. The rookie drove his #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta to a win in the semifinal, 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 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 an international phenomenon, the motorsport discipline’s roots are firmly entrenched in Southern California. 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. Buy tickets to the doubleheader.

Those who can’t attend can watch the live broadcasts on NBC airing at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, September 20, and 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

Ramona Karlsson – photo by Albatec Racing

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 semifinal place from five rounds. A follow-up shakedown at Knockhill on Monday, the first ever by a WorldRX team, allowed the former double crosskart champion to quickly get up to speed aboard the two-liter 16-valve Peugeot 208. In murky conditions more akin to the famous Welsh rally stages, the former WRC driver was immediately at ease, powering the 600-horsepower Supercar to some respectable times as she heads to her Estering debut.

Heading into the event Albatec has already secured heat wins and semifinal 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 semifinal position to her name, her appearance is sure to be among the highlights of the two-day event that regularly attracts a huge following.

One of the shortest on the schedule, Estering is also one of the fastest with the straight allowing speeds approaching 180 kilometers an hour. Located in the village of Buxtehude, some 35 kilometers 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 combined with 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 one kilometer 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 am on Saturday, followed by the opening two heats starting at 1:15 pm. Sunday resumes with warm-up at 8:15 am, ahead of the remaining two heats from 9:30 am, the semifinal and the crucial final from 3 pm. Live timing, live streaming, and further information is available from www.rallycrossrx.com with advance tickets available from https://shop.estering.de/tickets.html/

Albatec Racing

Albatec Racing

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 :
“I’ve never been to Estering before, but from the people I’ve spoken to it appears 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 semifinal position, although I appreciate the competition will be tough.

“I’m 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.”

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