Red Bull GRC Race Recap

Red Bull GRC Race Recap

IN BRIEF
: For the sec­ond event in a row, a Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross dri­ver swept a Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross dou­ble­header — only this time it was Tan­ner Foust doing the win­ning. Foust took both races at Bushy Park Bar­ba­dos to set up a head-​to-​head bat­tle with team­mate Scott Speed for the Super­car cham­pi­onship in Las Vegas.
Ken Block 6SAT­UR­DAY RECAP: Super­car points leader Ken Block ended a Bar­ba­dos event on his roof for the sec­ond year in a row, hit­ting a dirt berm before the jump and slid­ing to a halt on his roof dur­ing the last chance qual­i­fier. Miss­ing his sec­ond main event in three races cost Block the cham­pi­onship lead and opened the door for any one of his rivals to step in.

In the main event, Tan­ner Foust jumped out to an early lead, with Scott Speed deter­mined to make it a 12 fin­ish. Pole­sit­ter Patrik Sandell attempted to clear Speed com­ing out of the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap on the final lap, but slammed into Speed’s left front. Though both cars limped to the fin­ish with Sandell claim­ing sec­ond and Speed third, a penalty dropped Sandell to 10th and ele­vated Speed back to sec­ond place. Defend­ing Super­car cham­pion Joni Wiman was thus ele­vated to the podium.

SUN­DAY RECAP: Austin Dyne won his first career pole on Sun­day, but couldn’t con­vert it into a semi­fi­nal vic­tory or front row start in the main event as Foust and Nel­son Piquet Jr. claimed the two semi­fi­nals. At the start of the final, Foust jumped back out to the lead, while Sandell slid into the sec­ond cor­ner with too much speed and knocked Block out of the rac­ing line, earn­ing his sec­ond penalty in as many days (this one sim­ply a stop-​and-​go).
Scott Speed


Speed didn’t get to Foust’s rear bumper right away, but estab­lished him­self in sec­ond by the end of the first lap and never yielded. Though he couldn’t clear his team­mate, Speed remained well clear of Piquet Jr., who held off Wiman for third place.
Tanner Foust of USA winning both races Sat  Sun  3UNOF­FI­CIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the tenth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC sea­son:
1. Tan­ner Foust, #34 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle
2. Scott Speed, #41 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle
3. Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Ols­bergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
4. Sebas­t­ian Eriks­son, #93 Red Bull Ols­bergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
5. Nel­son Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rac­ing Ral­ly­cross Ford Fiesta ST

The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the eleventh round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC sea­son:
1. Tan­ner Foust, #34 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle
2. Scott Speed, #41 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle
3. Nel­son Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rac­ing Ral­ly­cross Ford Fiesta ST
4. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Rac­ing Ford Fiesta ST
5. Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Ols­bergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST


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

Tan­ner Foust, #34 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle: “One thing that I’m really proud of is that after this week­end, the cham­pi­onship is wrapped up by a Volk­swa­gen. Mid­way through the sea­son, we turned this sea­son into a test­ing year because we had a few mechan­i­cal issues, some hard races, and some zeroes. We were so far back in the cham­pi­onship that it didn’t seem pos­si­ble to claw back. Scott made a great call to get a weight penalty removed for hav­ing an elec­tronic throt­tle, we put a mechan­i­cal throt­tle in there, and it took 100 pounds out of the car. That really turned the sea­son around.”

Scott Speed, #41 Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross Bee­tle: “There’s no ques­tion that ral­ly­cross in gen­eral through the last cou­ple of years has been more con­ducive to the style of rac­ing that Nel­son and I run. Tan­ner has done a great job of adapt­ing to that, and obvi­ously he’s found the pace. It’s made for a really great team for us, because we’ve got dif­fer­ent strengths, and it works great for both of us. We’ve got a dream team here.”

Nel­son Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rac­ing Ral­ly­cross Ford Fiesta ST: “I think Sulli and SH Ral­ly­cross, the orga­ni­za­tion we’ve built around this car, we’ve become very good. There are a lot of man­u­fac­tur­ers out there, and a lot of other Fords, but we were the best fin­ish­ing Ford today, so it shows that we have a good, solid team and we work hard. The impor­tant part is that we have all great guys on the team that know what they’re doing, and we can make every­thing work. That’s the most dif­fi­cult thing some­times — find­ing a way to put together a good team.”

FAST FACTS: A col­lec­tion of facts from Sat­ur­day and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross Bar­ba­dos, the tenth and eleventh rounds of the 2015 Red Bull GRC sea­son:
• Tan­ner Foust earned the sixth and sev­enth vic­to­ries of his Red Bull GRC career by virtue of sweep­ing the weekend’s dou­ble­header. Foust is the dri­ver in Red Bull GRC his­tory to win two ral­ly­cross race events in a dou­ble­header event, fol­low­ing team­mate Scott Speed in Los Ange­les last month.
• Speed earned his sixth and sev­enth podium fin­ishes of the sea­son in Bar­ba­dos by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in both events. He earned podium fin­ishes in each of the final six dou­ble­header races of 2015. With 333 points, Speed scored the most points in 2015 dou­ble­head­ers.
• Speed and Foust are now the only remain­ing championship-​eligible dri­vers in Super­car, guar­an­tee­ing Volk­swa­gen Andretti Ral­ly­cross its first Red Bull GRC cham­pi­onship. Ols­bergs MSE won each of the first four Super­car cham­pi­onships.
• Volk­swa­gen has never lost a Super­car final at Bushy Park Bar­ba­dos.
• Joni Wiman earned his first podium fin­ish of 2015 in Saturday’s final by fin­ish­ing third. Wiman’s pre­vi­ous podium came in Las Vegas last Novem­ber, where he clinched the Super­car cham­pi­onship.
• Nel­son Piquet Jr.’s third place fin­ish on Sun­day was his fourth podium fin­ish of the 2015 sea­son and first in a dou­ble­header event. Piquet has never fin­ished worse than fifth over­all in three Bar­ba­dos starts.
• Patrik Sandell took his Supercar-​leading 11th heat vic­tory of the sea­son in the first round on Sat­ur­day. Sandell has now won 17 heats in his Super­car career, good for fourth all­time behind Ken Block (38), Tan­ner Foust (34), and Scott Speed (27).
• Ken Block has fin­ished ninth or worse in each of his pre­vi­ous four starts. He has not won a heat race since Detroit I in July.
• Ford clinched a share of the 2015 Manufacturer’s Cham­pi­onship in Bar­ba­dos by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in both events. Volk­swa­gen can tie Ford for the Manufacturer’s Cham­pi­onship in Las Vegas if and only if a Volk­swa­gen wins and a cham­pi­onshipel­i­gi­ble Sub­aru beats all Fords in the Super­car final.



UNOF­FI­CIAL DRI­VER POINTS:
1. Scott Speed, 412
2. Tan­ner Foust, 376
3. Sebas­t­ian Eriks­son, 351 (holds tiebreaker on fourth place fin­ishes)
4. Nel­son Piquet Jr., 351
5. Ken Block, 338
6. Patrik Sandell, 326
7. Steve Arpin, 318
8. Joni Wiman, 316
9. Austin Dyne, 255
10. Brian Dee­gan, 195
11. Sverre Isach­sen, 133
12. Bucky Lasek, 71
13. Vic­tor Gon­za­lez, inel­i­gi­ble for points
14. Jeff Ward, inel­i­gi­ble for points
15. Logan Gomez, inel­i­gi­ble for points
16. Pat Moro, inel­i­gi­ble for points
17. Travis Pas­trana, inel­i­gi­ble for points
18. David Hig­gins, inel­i­gi­ble for points
19. Brian Wong, inel­i­gi­ble for points
20. Rhys Millen, inel­i­gi­ble for points

UNOF­FI­CIAL MAN­U­FAC­TURER POINTS:
1. Ford, 50
2. Volk­swa­gen, 48
3. Sub­aru, 31
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