Scott Speed Wins First Leg of Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles Doubleheader. Scott Speed converted a nearly flawless set of qualifying rounds into his third victory of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season in Saturday’s Red Bull GRC Los Angeles main event, held at the Port of Los Angeles. Speed, the series’ only multiple winner in the Supercar class this year, won all three of his heats and held off a hard-charging Joni Wiman and Ken Block for the victory.
Speed dominated the first round in the #77 Volkswagen Polo R, posting the second-fastest time in qualifying before winning both heats on the way to the final. Behind him, Joni Wiman earned the second position for his best run of the year, while Ken Block completed the podium.
“So far this Polo has been quite reliable,” said Speed, who used teammate Tanner Foust’s former car as Foust debuted the Beetle in the event.
The result, combined with Nelson Piquet Jr.’s failure to advance to a main event for the first time this season, greatly scrambled the championship standings.
“It’s been a fun championship so far—I’ve had a good run lately,” said Block, whose four consecutive podiums is the longest active streak in the class.
Foust’s debut in the Beetle was cut short after eight of 10 laps in the final, when he pulled the car to a halt with smoke billowing from the engine bay. Meanwhile, the return of Travis Pastrana saw him take a heat victory on Friday, followed by a sixth place finish.
Full results of Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles Round 1 are as follows:
Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Travis Pastrana, #199 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
In GRC Lites, Kevin Eriksson took advantage of a fantastic start to earn his second victory of the season, holding off championship leader and Olsbergs MSE teammate Mitchell DeJong. Kevin Hansen, making his debut in the United States after winning the Swedish championship earlier this month, rounded out the podium.
Kevin Eriksson, #96 Olsbergs MSE
Mitchell DeJong, #24 Olsbergs MSE
Kevin Hansen, #81 Red Bull Hansen Junior Team
Geoff Sykes, #6 DTV Solutions
Austin Cindric, #77 C4 Motorsports
Tyler Benson, #60 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 Olsbergs MSE/AF Racing 126
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