Scott Speed Posts Perfect Weekend at Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC
Despite intense battles under a heavy rain, Scott Speed swept qualifying, his heats, and the main event.
Scott Speed made it two in a row in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition with an unblemished weekend at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. Despite intense battles with a stacked field and a heavy rain shower that dampened the track, Speed swept qualifying, his heats, and the main event for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.
“Thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital,” an elated Speed said from the top step of the podium. “There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s such great racing here, and we are back in the hunt—two wins and we are on a great roll!”
After failing to reach the podium in the previous two years in Washington DC, the Volkswagen duo of Speed and Tanner Foust came out with a vengeance this weekend, but heavy challenges from the Ford Fiesta ST of Patrik Sandell and the Honda Civic Coupes of Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson kept the battles close. Volkswagen swept the semifinals, but Wiman kept Speed honest with agile driving in the first semifinal, and Sandell only yielded the lead to Foust on the final lap after an aggressive pass in the dirt in the second.
In the main event, Speed cleared the field in a chaotic first corner that saw Patrik Sandell jump to second and Foust fall back to fourth, behind Brian Deegan. Deegan held off the two-time Supercar champion’s advances for a majority of the race, but Foust would eventually make his way past the Chip Ganassi Racing driver on the final lap for the third and final podium spot.
In GRC Lites, Cabot Bigham withstood a heavy challenge from defending series champion Oliver Eriksson to take his first career Lites victory. Bigham, who raced in front of numerous friends and family members that live in the DC area, also extended his championship lead in the process with only four races remaining.
Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “First of all, thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital. There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s so great racing here. It means so much to get back to back wins. We are back in the championship hunt—two wins in a row, and we are on a great roll.”
Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s been a couple of rough weeks for my team, but they really put together a fantastic car for me. I had a pretty bad wreck the last weekend and they have been working flat out since. I am so happy for Bryan Herta Rallysport, just to be able to bring a car back here and be super fast and put it all the way up on the podium. This one is for the team.”
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “I was inhaling the mud from Deegan from the whole race. We were going back and forth with Brian, and it was such a fun race. I’ll be honest with you, this is such a sketchy track and getting blinded by another car makes it hard to do anything, but it’s super exciting. I tried to stick my nose in there a couple of times—I spun one time and I thought it was over at that point, but I was able to get back. We have been pushing really hard, Scott and I, and we have been really fortunate to get up here a few times. Honestly, behind the scenes the cars are getting torn down, rebuilt, over and over again. On my side, you have the crew just going absolutely at it to build it for the race out here in time. It’s incredible.”
Full Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC are as follows:
1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
3. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
4. Brian Deegan, #38 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
5. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
6. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
7. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
8. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
9. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
10. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
11. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Unofficial driver points
1. Tanner Foust, 350
2. Scott Speed, 344
3. Steve Arpin, 315
4. Patrik Sandell, 299
5. Brian Deegan, 293
6. Joni Wiman, 235
7. Sebastian Eriksson, 227
8. Austin Dyne, 143
9. Jeff Ward, 134
10. Rhys Millen, 96
11. Bucky Lasek, 26
12. Nelson Piquet Jr., 24
13. Sverre Isachsen, 6
14. Sebastian Saavedra, 3
Unofficial manufacturer points
1. Volkswagen, 32
2. Ford, 28
3. Honda, 24
4. Subaru, 4
The Red Bull Global Rallycross season will resume on August 27-28 at Bader Field in Atlantic City with Round 9 of the 2016 championship.
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