Honda, Red Bull GRC Civics set to compete in Seattle
Honda Racing duo return to seattle for the first time since 2014
Seattle, W.A. – Olsbergs MSE, with drivers Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson, returns to Seattle, WA. for Round 10 of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship for the first time in two years.
The event takes place on the grounds of Evergreen Speedway at The Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA., just 30 miles outside of the Emerald City. At .791 miles, the Seattle circuit is the third-shortest of the year, ahead of both Daytona International Speedway and Marine Corps Air Station New River.
The track’s tight and technical corners, along with its unique, high-speed Turn One, will test the Honda Civic Coupe’s agility and adaptability. For Wiman, this short course bodes well, as he collected a top-five finish at a similar-style circuit in Dallas. “This track seems rather simple on paper with it only having eight corners, but they will be slower and narrower corners,” he noted. “Corner entry and consistency will be the key to getting out front early in the heats.”
Two of Eriksson’s three podium finishes this season came on the second-shortest circuit of the year, at Daytona International Speedway. When it comes to attacking the 77.5-percent paved section of the Seattle course, Eriksson believes the start will be the key to a successful heat. “With the long, left-hand oval Turn One, we’ll need to have an exceptional start to get out and lead the pack. It looks like what the Honda IndyCar Series drivers experience at their oval races, so it will be fast and a lot of fun!”
The team hopes to rebound from its Atlantic City results in Seattle this weekend.
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Seattle hosts the penultimate event of the 2016 GRC season