Wiman Tops First GRC Practice Ahead Of Block


Joni Wiman finished on top of the time sheets at the first practice session of the opening round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Barbados.

Completing a total of 14 laps Wiman finished 0.072 seconds ahead of Ken Block, while Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen both put in strong performances in the new Subaru WRX STi.

Steve Arpin ended the session in fifth place but will be looking to improve over the weekend after admitting he had a few problems in the opening session including a broken drive shaft.

Tanner Foust and Scott Speed gave their VW Polo’s an outing as they await the arrival of the VW Beetle RX later this season. They finishes the session in ninth and tenth.

Emma Gilmour enjoyed her first run on the track but suffered engine problems, “Unfortunately we didn’t get a very long test session as there appeared to be some engine issues.” she said on her Facebook page.

“The team are now changing the engine as a precaution. The first session I got to do was friggin cool though. I can’t wait to have another go tomorrow.”

P # Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed NAT Team
1 31 Joni Wiman 44.671 0.000 0.000 7 14 64.471 FIN OlsbergsMSE
2 43 Ken Block 44.743 0.072 0.072 4 11 64.368 USA Hoonigan Racing Division
3 81 Bucky Lasek 44.909 0.238 0.166 6 21 64.130 USA Subaru Rally Team USA
4 11 Sverre Isachsen 45.196 0.525 0.287 1 8 63.722 NOR Subaru Rally Team USA
5 00 Steve Arpin 45.386 0.715 0.190 10 11 63.456 CAN Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2
6 38 Brian Deegan 45.387 0.716 0.001 3 17 63.454 USA Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta
7 18 Patrik Sandell 45.449 0.778 0.062 13 17 63.368 SWE OlsbergsMSE
8 14 Austin Dyne 45.575 0.904 0.126 10 17 63.193 USA Barracuda Racing
9 34 Tanner Foust 45.816 1.145 0.241 4 14 62.860 USA Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
10 77 Scott Speed 45.859 1.188 0.043 3 17 62.801 USA Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
11 67 Rhys Millen 45.896 1.225 0.037 8 14 62.751 NZL RMR Hyundai
12 07 Nelson Piquet Jr 46.351 1.680 0.455 5 17 62.135 BRA SH Racing Rallycross
13 27 Emma Gilmour 48.314 3.643 1.963 1 5 59.610 NZL RMR Hyundai