Last year’s MCAS New River final saw Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross sitting on the sidelines, as both Tanner Foust and Scott Speed saw their race end early due to mechanical failures. However it was Speed persevered through a mechanical failure in his early heats and a last chance qualifier appearance to grab his first victory of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season at Marine Corps Air Station New River. Speed, the defending Supercar champion, got past Brian Deegan on the final lap of a muddy main event to earn the eighth victory of his Red Bull GRC career.
“At the start, I was so surprised to come out of the corner in second, but then Deegan came flying around the outside of me!” Speed exclaimed. “He figured out before everybody that the grip was out there, and then we had a heck of a race to the finish. I used my Joker and closed the gap and capitalized on the last lap. It was a great race—I really appreciate that one because it was one heck of a show. It ain’t over until it’s over!”
Heavy rain just before the Supercar final forced the field onto wet BFGoodrich Tires for the 10-lap battle. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Foust took an early lead over teammate Speed, Deegan, and Steve Arpin, but pulled off midway through the race with mechanical issues. The wet track also claimed the cars of Jeff Ward and Bucky Lasek, both of whom ended the final early with their own incidents.
Deegan inherited the lead over Speed and Arpin, clawing his way through the dirt with a nearly unrecognizable car, but saved his Joker Lap until the very end of the race. With this weekend’s Joker being longer, Speed was able to make up the difference and claim victory by 2.171 seconds.
Unfortunately Sunday’s Round 7 was suspended due to severe weather for the safety of drivers and fans.
Results from Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River:
01. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
02. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
03. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
04. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
05. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
06. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
07. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
08. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
09. Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
10. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
11. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
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