Sverre Isachsen gave Subaru Rally Team USA a maiden victory in the ninth round at Seattle. Isachsen, a three-time European rallycross champion, earned the victory over new series points leader Joni Wiman, and Brian Deegan. Now heading into the final round in Las Vegas we have four drivers able to take the championship.
Starting on the inside of the front row, Block had the clear-cut advantage, but after missing his braking point into the joker and then making contact with Tanner Foust, his hopes of extending the championship lead vanished. As Block limped around the course, Sverre Isachsen converted his second-row starting spot into the lead, to the delight of the Pacific Northwest crowd.
“It is really important for the team,” said Isachsen. “We never gave up on developing this car—it takes time. You do something wrong, but then you do something right, and then of course today we had a fast car. It’s huge for everybody, all the Subaru guys.”
Behind him, Brian Deegan ran in second, though Wiman drove aggressively to make up time and eventually utilizing the joker to take second place. Deegan hung on for third in a tooth-and-nail fight with Nelson Piquet Jr., who settled for fourth place, while Rhys Millen overcame a last chance qualifier appearance to climb through the field and complete the top five.
“We worked hard, and the second half of the season has been really good,” Wiman said. “It’s amazing to lead the championship. I’m so happy and it feels amazing, and I want to go! It feels amazing to be here. Of course I want to win a race, but another time. It was an amazing track—when we go out there the adrenaline started to rush, and I think it was the best track of the season. I really enjoyed it.”