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Red Bull Global Rallycross heads to Evergreen Speedway in Seattle this weekend for what’s already the penultimate round of the championship, and the final doubleheader weekend of the year.
Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2017 season will air both of Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC (stream link here for Saturday and Sunday). Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell will call the races with Will Christien reporting trackside and in the pits.
Scott Speed and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross are three races away from a 3-peat, and enter Seattle with the biggest momentum within the series.
Speed swept last outing in Atlantic City while teammate Tanner Foust had a nightmare weekend with penalties, incidents, and finishes of 10th and ninth within the finals.
That sees Speed with a cushty – if not assured – 38-point lead (616-578) over Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin, who’s finished third each of the last three finals in his Ford Fiesta ST. Foust sits third in points, three behind Arpin.
Speed has four final round wins to Foust and Arpin’s two apiece this year within the opening nine races, with Sebastian Eriksson (Louisville) also on the board in his Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe.
An important doubleheader now lies ahead in Seattle, where Foust won last year over the 2 Hondas and where Speed finished fourth. Subaru also showed increased competitiveness at this race last year even when their final results didn’t show it, and so it leaves Patrik Sandell purple hair ombre and Chris Atkinson poised to play spoiler this weekend.
Speed heads to the hometown of sponsor Oberto, so will look to bring home the bacon this weekend.
“We are coming down the stretch! Seattle is a house race for our Oberto team, so we really need to have an excellent result. For me personally, it’s a place I absolutely love but historically has been my worst track. Having a 38-point lead means we have to drive smart, conservative and defensive this weekend,” Speed said.
Foust, needing to charge, has nothing to lose.
“We’re headed back to some of the most effective fans GRC sees all year in Seattle, Washington. Evergreen Speedway is a place I’ve competed in drifting at for eight years, and now occurring two more with GRC is a great honor. deep wave sew in It’ll be great to see so many familiar faces at the event,” Foust said.
“For the 34 team, circumstances in Atlantic City made the weekend a disaster on many levels, but most importantly with points. You almost couldn’t have scripted a worse weekend, so I’ll be looking to select up the pieces and fight back for every championship point possible.”
Meanwhile Arpin’s car takes on a special livery this weekend together with its usual ENEOS USA colors, owing to his new role as an official ambassador for KOA Care Camps. Arpin will race in Seattle on Sunday in his car featuring Care Camps colors (see below).
“Care Camps is a good organization full of individuals with big hearts,” Arpin said. “I’m delighted to work more closely with them to help children with cancer benefit from the healing power of the outdoors.”
I am very excited to be an ambassador for @KOACareCamps! Read the discharge: https://t.co/wqaDEoWZbM pic.twitter.com/54PcPqAkhy
— STEVE ARPIN (@stevearpin) September 6, 2017
There’s one change in the sector with Austin Cindric making his Supercars debut. Cindric, fresh off his maiden win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, will return to his rallycross roots after racing in GRC Lites competition prior to now. Bumping and banging is appreciated on this championship and Cindric, who will substitute for Cabot Bigham in Bryan Herta Rallysport’s No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits/PROLINE Ford, is keen on delivering a big result this weekend. Bigham, last year’s GRC Lites champion, ended a season-best sixth last time out in Atlantic City.
“For two years, and through many alternative avenues, the step-up to Supercar is something I’ve been working very hard to achieve.” said Cindric. “I’ve always been very obsessed with rallycross racing and wanting to get back in the series. Bryan Herta Rallysport has proven to be one among the top teams in the last couple of seasons, so it is a big opportunity to prove myself in my first Supercar event, and it wouldn’t be possible without Bryan, Fitzgerald Gliderkits, and Proline Tailgating. But most important of all, I get to jump a car again!”
Introducing the latest livery within the #Supercar paddock! @AustinCindric makes his debut with @BHA this weekend—what do you consider his ride pic.twitter.com/osKj1hZQiK
— Red Bull GRC (@GRCseries) September 7, 2017
The track is a 0.735-mile layout with 64.3 percent pavement and 35.7 percent dirt, primarily going across the Evergreen oval. The Joker lap is after Turn 5 and extends the lap to 0.788 of a mile.
Coming to @redbull @grcseries #Seattle This is everything it’s essential find out about our NEW @EVGSpeedway layout: https://t.co/adTbAglVyD
— Red Bull GRC (@GRCseries) September 4, 2017
You’ve got got two chances to catch @redbull @grcseries #Seattle on @NBC: both Saturday & Sunday at 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT! pic.twitter.com/8T7BLnKMnU
— Red Bull GRC (@GRCseries) September 8, 2017
Force India F1 keen to maintain Perez, Ocon for 2018 despite clashes
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Force India is aiming to retain both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for the 2018 Formula 1 season despite multiple on-track clashes as teammates this year.
Incidents between Perez and Ocon in Montreal, Baku and Budapest were not enough to forestall a fourth coming-together of the season during the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, costing Force India an honest haul of points.
The team’s management looked dimly on the clash, introducing new rules of engagement for the next race at Monza so as to prevent its drivers racing against each other on-track.
However, Force India remains keen to keep both Perez and Ocon on its books for next season given it’s currently heading towards matching its best-ever finish of fourth in the constructors’ championship.
“I think from our side we’re fully committed to retaining them both, and that will be our objective. There’s no question of that,” Force India deputy chief Bob Fernley said.
“But, you already know, driver markets are driver markets, and it’s quite right and proper that their managers, and specifically Checo’s manager, is out looking at other programs.
“He’s got to maintain us on our toes. If he didn’t do this, he wouldn’t be doing his job, and we’ve got to ensure that we close that off and retain him for next year and keep the pairing.
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