The GRC sets off fireworks on a wet night in Las Vegas

by • November 25, 2015 • EventComments (0)7470

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team rocketed to its first Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship crown, an impressive accomplishment for the new team in only its second season of series competition. Scott Speed clinched a hard-fought championship in Las Vegas while Joni Wiman took his first Supercar main event victory of the season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale. Wiman’s Red Bull Olsbergs MSE teammate Sebastian Eriksson earned second place, while Speed took the final place on the podium.

“I feel great!” Wiman, last year’s Supercar champion, said after the victory. “I’ve been waiting for this for almost 20 races. It’s unbelievable—I had a completely clean race with almost no mistakes, and that’s how you win races.”

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Inclement weather caused the event to take place on a wet track, with drivers forced to run wet Yokohama tires for the single-day event. The downpours made for a slippery, muddy track and plenty of carnage. However it was Steve Arpin won the pole in qualifying, but Wiman took the semifinal victory to earn lane choice for the 10-lap main event.

Speed, who won the second semifinal, grabbed the lead on the start of the 10-lap main event, but Wiman muscled by him during contact between multiple cars that left fellow championship hopeful Tanner Foust’s car damaged and unable to mount a successful run for the title, as Foust fought his damaged Beetle around the course in an effort to maximize points. It was Wiman who would never relinquish the lead, while Speed maintained the third spot to earn the championship over Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Foust, who finished ninth and off of the lead lap.

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“What a great way to win here, with all the climate issues and all the drama,” Speed said. “It really feels great for the team because we came from so far back in points. I’m super happy for Volkswagen Andretti to bring home this championship!”

It was a late season surge from Andretti’s Speed that brought the title within reach for the team. Speed, who swept the series’ doubleheader in Los Angeles, held off teammate Foust in a head-to-head battle on the Las Vegas Strip.

“What a great way to win here, with all the climate issues and all the drama,” Speed said. “It really feels great for the team because we came from so far back in points. I’m super happy for Volkswagen Andretti to bring home this championship!”

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Speed third place was enough to clinch the championship over rival Sebastian Eriksson. Teammate Foust, a two-time series champion, took the third spot in the 2015 championship standings.
“It really feels great for the team because we came from so far back in points,” said Speed. “I’m super happy for Volkswagen Andretti to bring home this championship!”

Between Speed and teammate Foust, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle has achieved 13 podium results in 2015 — including outright wins at four of the five most recent races. Speed stood on the podium in each of the final five races this year, the longest podium streak for any driver in the 2015 Supercar season. Foust’s record included a season-high three wins.

Las Vegas standings:
1. Wiman
2. Eriksson
3. Speed
4. Arpin
5. Deegan

Overall standings:
1. Speed 456
2. Eriksson 400
3. Foust 400
4. Piquet 380
5. Wiman 370
6. Arpin 357
7. Block 345
8. Sandell 328
9. Dyne 277
10. Deegan 229

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