Honda Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for Red Bull Global Rallycross Season Finale in Los Angeles, October 8-9

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PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, CA (September 1, 2016) – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with Red Bull Global Rallycross as presenting sponsor of the series’ third annual event at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on October 8-9. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda will be a double-header event, and will serve as the season finale for the 2016 season. The event weekend will also mark the first time that the series has held its championship finale in Los Angeles.

“Honda’s entry into Red Bull Global Rallycross this year has been one of the most significant developments of this season,” says Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Time and again they have demonstrated their commitment to winning in motorsports events around the world, and their first season with us has been no exception. As presenting sponsor of our marquee event in Los Angeles, this is just another exciting step forward. We look forward to a fantastic event as we decide this year’s champion.”

“Honda’s entry into Global Rallycross this season has been one exciting ride and a great opportunity to showcase our Civic Coupe to a whole new group of racing fans and car enthusiasts,” said Nick Lee, National Advertising Manager for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We’re excited to join with Red Bull Global Rallycross by presenting the series finale in California, where Civic is the best-selling car. It’s a great way to end our inaugural season in GRC racing.”

This March, Honda announced its partnership with Olsbergs MSE for the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, fielding a pair of Civic Coupes for 2014 Supercar champion Joni Wiman and 2015 runner-up Sebastian Eriksson. The new partnership scored its first podium in the first event of the year in Phoenix. With three rounds remaining in the season, Eriksson leads the team with four podiums, while Honda also expanded to a three-car entry in Atlantic City for the first time with the addition of Kevin Eriksson to the team.

Los Angeles is the home of Red Bull GRC, and the only city to host an event in every season of the series’ history. The event moved to the Port of Los Angeles in 2014 as a doubleheader with race winners Scott Speed and Rhys Millen splitting the two victories. Speed took both legs of the event last year, marking the first doubleheader sweep in series history and helping boost him to his first Supercar title.

Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Early bird tickets remain on sale through September 3.

 

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Lomax’s Championship Hopes Still Alive Despite Set Back at Lydden

 

MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 6 2016. Lydden Hill Circuit (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 6 2016. Lydden Hill Circuit (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Press Release;Pontefract, West Yorkshire (08/31/2016)  

The British Rallycross Championship in association with Odyssey Batteries to the Kent circuit of Lydden Hill on the August bank holiday Monday for round 6. Craig Lomax headed into the event knowing he had to put in a consistent result to keep his hopes of

retaining the Super1600 title he won last season.

Lomax started well in qualifying 1 in a field that was amalgamated with the Super National class placing in seventh place overall. Unfortunately the post race checks on the Citroen C2R2 revealed that there was a problem with the drive and the Milltek and Baxi backed driver was forced to withdraw from the event.

On the face of it this appeared to be catastrophic for Lomax’s championship bid for this year, however in a bizarre twist of fate every other car in the class experienced a mechanical problem so he still came away with valuable championship points. Lomax still finds himself second in the championship with less than 10 points between him and the current championship leader. With 2
round still to come Lomax’s championship hopes are still very much alive and well.

“I’m so disappointed,” said Lomax, “not only for me but for the team and my sponsors, we travelled to Lydden planning on putting in a solid performance. Sadly, this was not to be. However, I am more than happy that my championship challenge is still very much alive. We have to now look forward to Pembrey and go through the pre-race preparation as normal.”

Round 7 of the championship now returns for its second visit to Pembrey in Wales held on the 25th
September.

The PEUGEOT 208 WRXs Ready to Pounce at Home Round!

FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 - CANANDA - TROIS RIVIERES - PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

CANANDA – TROIS RIVIERES – PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

 

Press Release (8/29/2016)

With its win in Canada still fresh in everyone’s minds, Team Peugeot Hansen has switched its focus to France’s round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship on September 3-4 with renewed determination. Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen are both ready to roar in their respective PEUGEOT 208 WRXs to light up Lohéac.

Thanks to its success at Trois Rivières (Canada), Team Peugeot Hansen is now only 30 points short of the lead in the provisional Teams’ standings. The French car maker hopes that the visit to its home venue and its appearance in front of home fans will allow it to close that gap even further.

For once, Sébastien Loeb will be on known territory in Brittany since he contested the Lohéac round of the European Rallycross Championship in 2013. His participation that year attracted a record attendance for the discipline and the figure of 75, 000 spectators might well be beaten this time round.

“The French round of the championship”, said Loeb, “is obviously something special. For me, it will be one of the few venues I already knew before the start of the season. Having said that, the other drivers are so sharp that I don’t think it will make much of a difference. I have fond memories of my participation in 2013. It was my first taste of rallycross which is an extremely popular sport in this part of France. I think the circuit’s profile should suit the PEUGEOT 208 WRX and I hope we are competitive in front of our home crowd.”

Timmy Hansen will be out to build on the momentum of his victories in Canada three weeks ago and at Lohéac this time last year.

“Canada three weeks ago was perhaps the best performance I have ever posted in a final,” exclaimed Hansen, “so I’m feeling pumped up for Lohéac which is a circuit I have always enjoyed. It is quite special and, like many tracks, gives good grip, which is something I appreciate. The atmosphere is always unique, too, a bit like Le Mans. My win at Lohéac last year was simply unforgettable.”

 CANANDA - TROIS RIVIERES - PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

CANANDA – TROIS RIVIERES – PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

After skipping a round, the Peugeot Hansen Academy returns with PEUGEOT 208 WRXs for team regulars Davy Jeanney and Kevin Hansen.

A new episode of our WorldRX Inside web series is out. This time, Susann Hansen talks about one of Rallycross’s specificities: the draw for the qualifying start order https://youtu.be/P6a7GaMMUEY

Friday, September 2
4:00pm: Qualifying order draw

Saturday, September 3
10:30am: Free Practice
2:00pm: Qualifying 1
4:00pm: Qualifying 2

Sunday, September 4
8:00am: Warm up
9:10am: Qualifying 3
11:20am: Qualifying 4
3:00pm: semi-finals and final

TV COVERAGE
Broadcast in 120 countries à http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/tvlisting. The semi-finals and final will be broadcast live in France on L’Equipe 21 and in Sweden on SVT.

Scott Speed Takes Third Straight Red Bull Global Rallycross Win in Inaugural Atlantic City Showdown

Scott Speed competes at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Scott Speed competes at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Press Release (08/29/2016)

Defending Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed earned his third straight race victory on Sunday, taking the checkered flag in the series’ inaugural visit to Atlantic City. Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan completed the podium after a hectic final lap that saw late ends to the podium hopes of both Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin.

“Tanner pulled a super awesome move at the beginning, and from that point on we set the tone that we were going to be aggressive in the dirt,” Speed explained. “That’s the risk that you take out there with the ruts that develop, and I had to be at that same aggression level for the first couple of laps to catch up to him.”

An aggressive first lap saw Speed, the event polesitter and winner of all of his preliminary rounds, trade the lead multiple times with teammate Foust. Though it was Foust who would grab the lead out of the lap, Speed would finally close the gap, get past, and open up a gap of his own in the race’s final stages.

Chaos then broke loose on the final lap of the eight-lap main event. Sandell had saved his Joker Lap until the very final circuit, jumping from a top-five position to second place. Behind them, Deegan muscled past his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Arpin to get to fourth, before doing the same to Foust in a reversal of last month’s final lap in Washington DC.

Competitors take the jump at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Competitors take the jump at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

“A couple laps from the end, that aggression from Tanner ended with a tire de-beading,” Speed continued. “Some of that is bad luck, and some of that is aggression—it was very give and take out there, and you had to decide how aggressive you had to take that dirt and how much risk you wanted to take.”

In GRC Lites, Alex Keyes concluded his limited schedule with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with his fourth career victory and first win of the season. AF Racing Team’s Travis PeCoy placed second, earning his first career podium, while CORE autosport’s Colin Braun was third.

Full results from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City are as follows:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  7. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  11. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  12. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  13. Kevin Eriksson, #96 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season resumes in Seattle on September 16-17 at Evergreen Speedway. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Red Bull GRC Seattle will be shown on Sunday, September 18 at 1:30PM ET on NBC and 2PM ET on Red Bull TV.

Lomax Heads to Lydden to Keep Championship Dream Alive

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

 

Press Release (08/25/2016) 

Craig Lomax (Pontefract) heads to Lydden Hill in Kent with the aim to keep his titledefence on track, although currently lying second in the S1600 British Championship, reliability has been a constant curse throughout the season. “The aim at Lydden is to finish, it’s a priority to finish the last three races if I want to defend my championship title”.

The XtremeRX team have worked hard since the last event in Belgium, in which Craig had to retire the Citroen C2 S1600 in the semi final when when an oil pipe split on the oil cooler. The Milltek Sport, Baxi Boilers back driver also said “We’ve made some great improvements to the suspension over the last few rounds and I’m really getting to understand the direction we need to head with the car, we just need to get to the end of the event to get the results the car deserves”.

The team recently took the C2 to the home of Hull FC to take part in the Humber Car Show to help raise money for various charities and to also help raise the awareness of British Rallycross. Sabrina got a lot of attention throughout the day, especially our unique, one of a kind, manifold from Milltek Sport.

Craig will go door-to-door with the other S1600 competitors at Lydden Hill, Kent on Monday 29th August, action on track will start at aprox 9AM.

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ABOUT CRAIG LOMAX

Craig Lomax is well known as one of the top British Rallycross drivers in active competition, forging his way up the ranks since his RX debut in 2011. Craig started out racing in the BTRDA stock hatch championship in 2011 with a self built Citroen Saxo. Craig, along with his team, went on to develop the Saxo into an MSA British stock hatch Championship winning car.

On his way to success, Craig has not only developed a winning car but developed his own driving ability, he is now capable of racing against the best the RX world can offer.

In 2014, Craig secured his first of two British Championship titles when he took overall victory in the Saxo. His second came the year after when Craig jumped up a category after buying a S1600 Citroen C2. The team have continued to develop the C2 over the last two seasons, championship victory in 2015 and 2016 has put Craig in a hard fought battle to defend his title.

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

2011 – 2nd Autosport International BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship
2012 -1st Lucas Oils BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship (5 wins from 6 round)
12th Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship (Only contested 1 round)
2013 – 2nd Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship
2014 – 1st
MSA Hot Hatch Championship (with one round remaining)
2015 – 1st MSA S1600 Champinship
2016 – Currently 2nd overall with 3 rounds remaining

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