Red Bull GRC Fantasy Challenge: Los Angeles Preview
It’s your last chance to win a prize in the Red Bull GRC Fantasy Challenge this year… get our picks and best advice for our Los Angeles finale!
The Port of Los Angeles is perhaps the most iconic venue on the Red Bull Global Rallycross calendar. Now in its fourth season on the schedule, the California stop is the most significant of the year—and its importance has only been magnified since it became the finale in 2016.
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This year’s Los Angeles finale will be unique, though, as the first time that the Port has ever hosted a single-round event. That means no more saving the car in any way to get through the weekend: it’ll be all out from the second drivers get on the gas and the light turns green. It’ll also be the first time drivers have raced under this format since Indianapolis in July, so don’t be surprised to see some aggressive moves as everyone looks to end the year on a high note.
With that in mind, we’re back once again to give you our picks for this weekend’s action in Los Angeles. Here are this weekend’s driver groupings and our best advice:
Tier 1: Tanner Foust, Scott Speed
Pick the driver who you think is going to win the championship and go from there. Think Speed, winner of four out of six races at the Port of Los Angeles, is a lock? He’s your man. Think Foust, who essentially needs to have a perfect weekend to get it done, is going to pull off the upset? Go for it. The odds are exceptionally low that the title doesn’t go to one of these two drivers, so take the one that gives you the best gut feeling and choose wisely.
Tier 2: Steve Arpin, Mitchell deJong, Sebastian Eriksson
Though hanging by only a thread, Arpin is the only driver in this group who can win the Supercar title, and likewise, the only driver in this group to podium in Los Angeles last year. Neither Eriksson nor deJong has found the podium here yet in a Supercar, but deJong did win a Lites race at his home event here in 2014. It’s also the one-year anniversary of his first Supercar event, and he’ll be aiming for his first career win in front of friends and family this weekend.
Tier 3: The Field
Now as competitive as it’s been all season, Subaru Rally Team USA swept both Seattle poles and split Saturday and Sunday podiums between Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell. Both Cabot Bigham and Austin Dyne are California-based drivers who are likely to have strong rooting contingents behind them as well. But the one who has something to prove is Oliver Eriksson, who missed a chance at back-to-back Lites titles here last year by a single finishing position.
Tiebreaker: GRC Lites
The championship has already been decided in the Lites class, with Cyril Raymond clinching in Seattle. But Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s California trio will put up quite a fight to keep Raymond from tying the class record of seven wins in a season; Christian Brooks will aim for his fourth win of the year, Alex Keyes will look to defend last year’s Los Angeles triumph, and Travis PeCoy will shoot for his first career final win. Don’t sleep on DirtFish Motorsports, either, as James Rimmer aims to build on a breakout event in Seattle while Conner Martell returns to the cockpit.
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Supercar Round 12 Finals: October 14, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Round 12 Finals: October 19, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN
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