Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader: Two different winners at the Port of Los Angeles
Scott Speed and Rhys Millen are the only two drivers to have won multiple Red Bull GRC Supercar events this season.
The only doubleheader of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season saw two different winners at the Port of Los Angeles, but only four podium finishers. Scott Speed and Rhys Millen took the two wins on offer, but with a second and third place each, Ken Block and Joni Wiman have set themselves up to be the ones to beat for this year’s Supercar championship.
Eight drivers won heats or semifinals over the course of the weekend: Scott Speed (four), Ken Block (three), Steve Arpin, Tanner Foust, Travis Pastrana, Joni Wiman, Sverre Isachsen, and Rhys Millen (one apiece). Saturday’s LCQ was won by Foust in his new Volkswagen Beetle, while Nelson Piquet Jr. missed his first main event of the season. Isachsen won Sunday’s LCQ as Piquet and Speed barely eked in and Foust failed to make it to the line with engine troubles.
Main event recaps
On Saturday, Speed carried his momentum from a nearly flawless weekend into the main event, holding off Wiman and Block for the victory while Millen and Sandell chased. Foust, poised to challenge for a podium, saw his engine give out with only two laps to go, while a major suspension failure limited Austin Dyne to only a few laps. The result, combined with Piquet’s absence, left four drivers within 10 points of one another heading into Sunday.
Millen showed the same speed that took him to a victory in Daytona in Sunday’s race, holding off Block and Wiman for his second win in three events as Subaru Rally Team USA teammates Isachsen and Bucky Lasek completed the top five.
A selection of quotes from Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles
Rhys Millen, Driver, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo: “For this year, the chassis of our car is the same—it primarily comes down to the support that we’ve received from Hyundai. We’ve had time to go to the events, not only to compete for the short period of time that you’re in the weekend, but to go there a week early and actually develop the car.
The car is essentially the same outside of four shock absorbers and essentially taking things off and putting them back on in a different combination. We found that combination in Charlotte, received some love taps from Nelson Piquet Jr., and got it right in Daytona, and then followed it up here for this weekend. So really, it’s just hard work and sweat that’s got the car running fast.”
Ken Block, Driver, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST: “The season did start off a bit rough, and it took a bit to recover from that. From there, we just kind of put our head down and put as much work in as we could. It’s been a bit of luck, and coming from behind with hard work, that has gotten me five podiums in a row.
I just wanted consistency, I wanted some good finishes, and it’s just kind of steamrolled into this lead. Really, that’s motorsports—sometimes it’s not who wins every race, it’s who is the most consistent.
Scott (Speed) has won the most races this year, but he’s had events where he’s just had a rough weekend, and same with Nelson (Piquet Jr.)—he went from a 40 points lead to back in third or fourth. It can swing very fast, but for me it was just focusing on trying to be consistent, and now it’s really a numbers game.
We’ve got two events left and really just have to focus on (Joni Wiman), who’s being really consistent, and watching what he’s doing. We’re trying to be near him or ahead of him, especially for the next event, to hopefully set up a bigger points lead going into the final event.”
Joni Wiman, Driver, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s so great to be here. To be honest, I didn’t expect to do this well my first year, but of course I’m happy. It’s everything for me to get a good start on the weekend, feel it out fast, and get happy with the car, and then it’s just rolling on.”
Patrik Sandell, Driver, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST: “It was tough for everybody to have a doubleheader like this. The mechanics have been working really hard, and I have been super pleased with my car, it had been working fine on both days. I also tried to stay out of trouble as much as I could. I’m not really happy with my own performance, I was kind of hoping for a bit more, but it took some time for me to find a good setup on this car and this track.”
The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles
The seventh round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season:
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
6. Travis Pastrana, #199 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
7. Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
8. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
9. Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
10. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
11. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
12. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
13. Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles
The eighth round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season:
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
6. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
7. Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
8. Travis Pastrana, #199 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
9. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
10. Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
11. Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
12. Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
13. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
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