BHR Drivers Look To Improve At Daytona GRC

by Phil Kinch

The Bryan Herta Rallycross squad is looking to improve on its opening performance from Fort Lauderdale and the recent X Games as they continue on in their debut season in the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

So far, 2015 BHR drivers Patrik Sandell and Austin Dyne have had a positive start to the season with Dyne finishing in sixth place in the ten car Supercar Final on the series opening weekend whilst Sandell lies in 12th place in the Drivers’ Championship after failing to make the Final.

At the 2014 Daytona event, both drivers had varying degrees of success. Sandell qualified well and went on to finish fourth in the final. Dyne won his Semi-Final and ran well in the Supercar Final until a cut tire damaged his suspension and forced his retirement. This year, both BHR drivers are coming into this weekend’s event fully prepared to guide their respective M-Sport built Ford Fiesta Supercars to podium finishes.

Patrik Sandell is looking forward to a good performance at Daytona as it suits his driving style.

“Daytona was definitely one of my favorite tracks last year. It’s a very fast track, but also a very technical track. I think those two aspects suit my driving style very well. I am 100% sure, I will have a very good this weekend especially since it’s a double race weekend,” said Sandell. “As far as I know from the track map, they’ve tried to make the track even more flowing versus last year’s. There was one section last year that was very tight and everyone had to stop and restart from nearly zero.  They really opened up that area, so it will be really good.”

However, racing at Daytona holds a special meaning for Sandell.

“Daytona is a special place to race at for sure, it’s one of the hearts of motorsports in the world. My sponsors have quite a history there in NASCAR, and I’m hoping I can put another win in the history books for Kobalt and Lowe’s at Daytona. Overall, I have a really good feeling for the weekend…”

Austin Dyne is looking for a fast start to both rounds of the double-header weekend at Daytona.

“At X Games we got the car really good in the warm-up and were really fast in the first heat. So, we’re coming here with a very similar package, and hopefully it’ll be really fast off the gate. Last year here was pretty good, won the semi-final race. The track has a lot of fast and technical corners; it’s a pretty complete track. It’s a lot fun to drive here, lots of opportunities to pass. Should be a pretty good weekend here in Daytona!”

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