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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Some information provided by Red Bull Global Rallycrss Press Release
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