Piquet Jr, Speed And Foust Top First Global Rallycross Heats


The 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship got under way in anger yesterday at the Top Gear Barbados Festival as Nelson Piquet Jr., Scott Speed and Tanner Foust all took wins in their respective heats, here is a round up of the on-track action.

Heat 1A

Piquet Jr. showed he could turn his practice and qualifying form in to a race win as he took victory in the first heat. Joni Wiman took second place on his GRC Supercar debut with Subaru’s Bucky Lasek putting earlier practice issues to rest to come home third. Rhys Millen finished in fourth ahead of Sverre Isachsen who suffered a spin after picking up a puncture.

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAPS DIFFERENCE TOTAL TIME BEST LAP
1 07 Nelson Piquet Jr. SH Racing Rallycross 6 4:38.760 45.053
2 31 Joni Wiman Olsbergs MSE 6 2.555 4:41.315 45.845
3 81 Bucky Lasek Subaru Rally Team USA 6 8.653 4:47.413 46.704
4 67 Rhys Millen Rhys Millen Racing 6 11.792 4:50.552 46.065
5 11 Sverre Isachsen Subaru Rally Team USA 6 33.068 5:11.828 45.561

Heat 1B

Despite Ken Block taking the heat win, it was later ruled that he had violated the rules after causing a collision with Scott Speed and Patrik Sandell.

Upon review of the start, race director Tim Mayer assessed a five-second penalty to Block, altering the finishing order of the heat and handing the win to Speed.

Patrik Sandell finished in third place ahead of Steve Arpin who only completed 2 laps due to tire failure after going off the jump;  Thankfully for Arpin the car wasn’t damaged and will return for the second set of heat races later today.

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAPS DIFFERENCE TOTAL TIME BEST LAP
1 77 Scott Speed Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 6 4:39.652 45.039
2 43 Ken Block Hoonigan Racing Division 6 1.496 4:41.148* 44.795
3 18 Patrik Sandell Olsbergs MSE 6 3.595 4:43.247 45.272
4 00 Steve Arpin Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 2 4 laps 1:35.232 47.237

*Includes 5 second penalty

Heat 1C

Foust fired a clear warning shot to his fellow competitiors that he is all out for his third championship win as he took the win in the third and final race of the first heats in emphatic style, beating the Rockstar Energy Drink backed Ford Fiesta ST of Brian Deegan by 6.113 seconds. Austin Dyne took third place ahead of New Zealander Emma Gilmour who continues her GRC learning curve.

POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAPS DIFFERENCE TOTAL TIME BEST LAP
1 34 Tanner Foust Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 6 4:34.629 44.090
2 38 Brian Deegan Rockstar Energy Drink 6 6.113 4:40.742 45.414
3 14 Austin Dyne Barracuda Racing 6 7.969 4:42.598 44.836
4 27 Emma Gilmour Rhys Millen Racing 6 15.434 4:50.063 45.857