GRC Lites Recap

GRC Lites Race Recap

: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — Ols­bergs MSE team­mates Oliver Eriks­son and Austin Cin­dric split a dou­ble­header event in the GRC Lites class. After tak­ing a race apiece in Los Ange­les, the top two dri­vers in the stand­ings did the same thing in Bar­ba­dos dur­ing GRC Lites’ first trip out­side of the United States.
Oliver Eriksson 1SAT­UR­DAY RECAP: While Oliver Eriks­son claimed a front row spot for the final, any hopes of an Ols­bergs MSE 12 fin­ish on Sat­ur­day took a major blow in the sec­ond round of heats when Austin Cindric’s bat­tery line failed on the final lap, caus­ing him to fin­ish last in his heat and start from the back. But after Eriks­son grabbed the lead at the start, Cin­dric pushed through the field to claim sec­ond place within the race’s first two laps, and the rout was on.

Behind them, Tan­ner Whit­ten, Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez, and Alex Keyes — the same trio of dri­vers that had run-​ins with one another in Los Ange­les — bat­tled might­ily for third. Fer­nan­dez man­aged to grab the spot with Keyes com­ing home fourth and Miles Maroney recov­er­ing from a penalty to claim fifth as Whit­ten slid back in the race’s final laps.

SUN­DAY RECAP: Cin­dric and Keyes won the second-​round heats to claim the top two start­ing spots in the main event, but Eriks­son man­aged to re-​establish him­self run­ning behind his team­mate when Keyes expe­ri­enced a CV joint fail­ure to fall from a podium posi­tion.
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Fer­nan­dez and Maroney bat­tled for third, but Maroney earned his third penalty of the week­end dur­ing the main event to force a stop-​and-​go and lost the posi­tion. He recov­ered to main­tain fourth place, but for the sec­ond day in a row the same three dri­vers would stand atop the podium.
Oliver Eriksson 6UNOF­FI­CIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the tenth round of the 2015 GRC Lites sea­son:
1. Oliver Eriks­son, #16 Ols­bergs MSE 2. Austin Cin­dric, #77 Ols­bergs MSE 3. Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez, #126 AF Rac­ing
4. Alex Keyes, #61 Dreyer & Rein­bold Rac­ing
5. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Rein­bold Rac­ing
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the eleventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites sea­son:
1. Austin Cin­dric, #77 Ols­bergs MSE
2. Oliver Eriks­son, #16 Ols­bergs MSE
3. Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez, #126 AF Rac­ing
4. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Rein­bold Rac­ing
5. Harry Che­ung, #88 Rhys Millen Racing

QUOTES: A selec­tion of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the eleventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:

Austin Cin­dric, #77 Ols­bergs MSE GRC Lites: “Sat­ur­day was hec­tic between my sched­ule and mechan­i­cal issues, and I had to start at the back of the grid in the final. Today was all about try­ing to stay on top, and I fol­lowed through with that — I won both my heats and I won the final. It’s going to be tough in Las Vegas. There are about six of us who can win a race, and it’s not the eas­i­est thing in the world, espe­cially if Oliver is right behind you!”

Oliver Eriks­son, #16 Ols­bergs MSE GRC Lites: “In that sec­ond heat, I couldn’t see the white line com­ing out of the joker, so I lost the lead and ended up sec­ond. I didn’t have as good of a start­ing posi­tion in the final and messed up the start a lit­tle bit, but I tried to move up and got to sec­ond.”

Alex Keyes, #61 Dreyer & Rein­bold Rac­ing GRC Lites: “We had prob­lems all day with break­ing the left rear on the jump. In qual­i­fy­ing it broke on the first lap — we ended up break­ing a wheel bear­ing, but we got that fixed for the first heat and started last. On the sec­ond or third lap, one of the uprights broke that had prob­a­bly been weak­ened when the bear­ing broke before. We replaced every­thing for heat two, went out and ended up win­ning the heat — Oliver got a penalty, but I was right there. We were able to start on the front row and got a good jump off the line, which was good because I’d been strug­gling with the stand­ing starts this week­end. I saw Eriks­son com­ing out of the joker and I was push­ing real hard, and at that point I felt a vibra­tion. When I went into the next cor­ner, the car imme­di­ately snapped and I was four wheels off the road, so I knew some­thing was bro­ken again and it ended up being a half­shaft.”

FAST FACTS: A col­lec­tion of facts from Sat­ur­day and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the tenth and eleventh rounds of the 2015 GRC Lites season:

• Ols­bergs MSE team­mates Oliver Eriks­son and Austin Cin­dric earned their third and fourth vic­to­ries of the 2015 GRC Lites sea­son, respec­tively, on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. In both events, the OMSE dri­vers scored 12 fin­ishes, the sec­ond and third time in four races that they have taken the top two steps on the podium.
AF Racing’s Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez fin­ished third in both finals for his fourth and fifth podium fin­ishes of the 2015 sea­son, return­ing to the podium for the first time since Detroit II in July. Fer­nan­dez also qual­i­fied for the first pole of his GRC Lites career for Saturday’s race.
• Miles Maroney fin­ished out­side of the top four for the first time since the sea­son opener in Fort Laud­erdale when he placed fifth on Sat­ur­day. He has yet to record a DNF in a main event in 2015.
• Blake “Bilko” Williams placed sev­enth and ninth in his GRC Lites debut for Rhys Millen rac­ing.

1. Austin Cin­dric, 473
2. Oliver Eriks­son, 470
3. Miles Maroney, 440
4. Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez, 419
5. Tan­ner Whit­ten, 349
6. Alex Keyes, 297
7. Nur Ali, 226
8. Harry Che­ung, 185
9. Col­lete Davis, 146
10. Con­ner Martell, 67
11. Geoff Sykes, 62
12. Brian Wong, 53
13. Jackie Hein­richer, 45
14. Gavin Har­lien, 36
15. Joachim Hvaal, 32
16. Blas Zapag, 27
17. Duncker Felix Jr., 7
Saturday Lites Winners. L-R. Alejo Fernandez Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric

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