The 2013 Global Rallycross season concluded last week in Las Vegas next to the famed casinos of the Las Vegas Strip. This marks the second consecutive year that the Global Rallycross ends the season in the famed gambling town.
This year’s Las Vegas layout contains many similarities to the layout used last year, a wide open start with a long straightaway into the first corner. The paved section features two sweeping corners into a tight hairpin, before drivers encounter first the dirt jump and then the joker lane. The final corner leads back to the the start-finish line at speed.
In the previous race in Charlotte, Toomas Heikkinen claimed the championship with five victories this season his 50 point lead going into the finale stage was unbeatable. However up for grabs were second and third places being contested by Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Ken Block and Scott Speed.
However in the end it was an American clean sweep on the podium with Ken Block winning the 10 lap finale in the Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta, followed by Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana rounding out the top three. Ken Block’s victory guaranteed him third spot in the championship standings behind Toomas Heikkinen and Tanner Foust.
“I’ve proved this year that I’ve got the speed and just had some bad luck in the first corner so it’s nice to have some good luck and great battles tonight with Travis Pastrana and Tanner Foust,” said Block after his win on the Las Vegas Strip. “For all the bad luck we’ve had, third overall is a good accomplishment. I wish we would have finished a little higher but I’ll take third here and second in the Rally America Championship and look to do better in both of those next year,”
Second place for Foust in the Rockstar Energy OlsbergsMSE Fiesta ST was his fourth podium of the season.
“Today was almost a perfect day,” said Foust. “I was first in qualifying, won both my heats, had quick lap times, saved the tyres, the car was working great, the team was working great, and then I jumped the start in the final from pole position. “I thought I timed it just about right but the video review says I did in fact jump the start and so I got a stop and go penalty,”.
Heikkinen, who won five consecutive races en route to the title, finished fourth. He served a stop and go penalty after clashing with Pastrana and missed a podium for the first time this season.
Earlier in the week Global Rallycross announced on a multiyear agreement with Red Bull as the series’ title sponsor. The partnership with Red Bull will mark the first primary sponsorship for the Global Rallycross Championship since its inception in 2011.
“We see the team at Red Bull not just as our sponsor, but truly as our partner in helping us to build Global Rallycross into the premier motorsports platform,” said Colin Dyne, CEO of Global Rallycross. “Their legacy of growing brands in the motorsports arena, from Formula One to motocross and beyond, makes them the perfect partner to take Global Rallycross to the next level.”
1. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
2. Tanner Foust, #34 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST
3. Travis Pastrana, #199 Pastrana Racing Dodge Dart
4. Toomas Heikkinen, #57 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST
5. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team WRX STI
6. Bryce Menzies, #99 Pastrana Racing Dodge Dart
7. Patrik Sandell, #18 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST
8. Steve Arpin, #32 OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
9. Scott Speed, #77 OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
10. Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
11. Pat Moro, #59 PMR Motorsports Chevrolet Sonic
12. Stephan Verdier, #4 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
13. Brian Deegan, #38 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST
14. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team WRX STI
15. Nelson Piquet Jr., #12 X Team Racing Mitsubishi Evo
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