Two-time Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Tanner Foust overcame mechanical issues on Friday to score the victory in Saturday’s Red Bull GRC main event at Daytona International Speedway. Foust beat Bryan Herta Rallysport’s Austin Dyne and Red Bull Olsbergs MSE’s Sebastian Eriksson, who finished in second and third place, respectively, in the initial leg of the weekend doubleheader.
“It’s been an amazing development process,” said Foust, who gave the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle its first win in a points-paying Red Bull GRC event. “It’s unbelievable how committed Volkswagen are to engineering perfection. Combine that with Andretti, and a lot of people have put a lot of work into these cars. To get on the top of the podium so soon, and to be so good in the points with both cars so soon, is great.”
After contact between front row starters Patrik Sandell and Ken Block led to a major incident heading into the dirt section on the first lap, Foust—who had started from the second row in the main event—seized the opportunity to get around the competition, bringing Dyne, Joni Wiman, and the rest of the field behind him. They maintained those positions through most of the race, until Eriksson took the joker to get by Wiman in the final corner; he briefly held second place, but Dyne accelerated by at the finish line to take the position by .023 seconds.
In GRC Lites, Oliver Eriksson took the first victory of his career after outlasting the field in an eight-lap final. Despite a failing engine, Eriksson nursed his car across the line at race’s end to defeat Alejandro Fernandez, the runner-up in Daytona for the second year in a row, and first-time podium finisher Miles Maroney.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I) results are as follows for the Supercar class:
- Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
- Austin Dyne, #14 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
- Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
- Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
- Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Jeff Ward, #360 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
- Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
- Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
Tickets for the final day of the Red Bull Global Rallycross can be purchased at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Both legs of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona doubleheader will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday at 2 PM ET. They will also be streamed online via NBC Sports Live Extra at http://liveextra.nbcsports.com.
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About Red Bull Global RallycrossDesigned to produce some of the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.
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