Red Bull GRC Fantasy Challenge: Seattle Preview
Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle is one of the most popular events of any Red Bull GRC season, but this year, it’s also one of the most interesting Fantasy Challenge venues on the schedule. With the expansion to two rounds, this weekend’s action at Evergreen Speedway will represent the final doubleheader of the 2017 season for both Supercar and GRC Lites.
PLAY FANTASY RED BULL GRC Seattle Challenge
All signs point to an extremely aggressive weekend of racing. Not only did a majority of this weekend’s field run at Evergreen in last year’s edition, they also saw a course layout that was similar to this one in most ways (save for flipping the Joker Lap and jump). In addition, with only three rounds remaining on the schedule, drivers who are looking to go for the overall crown will need to make moves now if they stand a chance of hoisting our championship trophy in Los Angeles.
With that in mind, we’re back once again to give you our picks for this weekend’s action in Seattle. Here are this weekend’s driver groupings and our best advice:
Tier 1: Tanner Foust, Scott Speed
This one’s a genuine toss-up. On one hand, you have Speed, winner of the last three races and the current championship leader. On the other, you have Foust, his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate who won at this track last year and boasts a massive fanbase in the area that has followed him since his drifting career. There’s a lot on the line between these two, so expect Foust to be at his most aggressive during the weekend—but will that lead to victories?
Tier 2: Steve Arpin, Mitchell deJong, Sebastian Eriksson
Arpin is the odds-on favorite here, owing to his second place rank in the standings, two victories, and seven podiums thus far this season. Eriksson, meanwhile, comes off of a podium in Atlantic City that allowed him to reclaim fourth in the championship. But deJong, Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE’s top point-scorer for much of the season, is due for a victory after the number of strong performances he’s put up this year. Could he finally make it happen here?
Tier 3: The Field
Patrik Sandell showed in Atlantic City that Subaru Rally Team USA is ready to return to the top step of the podium. Its last victory also came in Seattle, so don’t be surprised to see Sandell or Chris Atkinson running up front. The real wild card here, though, is Austin Cindric, stepping into Bryan Herta Rallysport’s tried and true platform for his Supercar debut. Coming off of his first NASCAR Truck Series win last weekend, his momentum is at an all-time high.
Tiebreaker: GRC Lites
Cyril Raymond and Conner Martell split the finals last month in Atlantic City. Raymond just went back-to-back in European Lites competition, winning his second straight title, and leads the standings by 68 points. But Martell is the defending Seattle winner, and his DirtFish Motorsports squad boasts a hometown advantage coming from nearby Snoqualmie, WA. Much like Speed and Foust, one of these two drivers is going to have a big weekend—but which one?
Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle
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Supercar Round 10 Finals: September 9, 4:30PM ET, NBC // Supercar Round 11 Finals: September 10, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Rounds 10-11 Finals: September 13, 5PM ET, NBCSN
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