Bigham Returns to Site of Greatest Rallycross Triumph for Home Race
One year ago today, Cabot Bigham was still basking in the glow of his most successful racing weekend to date. He had gone from last on the grid to first at the checkered flag in the GRC Lites finale in Los Angeles, giving him the class championship by a single finishing position over 2015 champion Oliver Eriksson and giving Dreyer & Reinbold Racing its first title.
A lot has changed since then. Bigham is now at the end of his rookie Supercar season, which saw him move to Bryan Herta Rallysport to replace the departing Patrik Sandell. He’s a multiple-time heat winner, and despite the normal lessons that all rookies learn about on-track competition with a new field, he’s excited to wrap up 2017 on a high note.
“I consider this California race my home race,” he explained. “I love representing California, so that’s a definite benefit, and then on top of that the performance last year in LA was the best performance I’ve ever had. Being back at that venue is going to bring back a lot of great emotions, and it’s also going to really help me whenever I find some struggling moments in the weekend.”
Although Bigham has been at every Red Bull GRC event this season, he wasn’t behind the wheel in Seattle; Austin Cindric took over the seat, while Bigham served as a coach for the team and frequent guest in the PA booth. Although giving up two race rounds was difficult, he admits that the ability to view a race weekend without the pressure of competing was a major benefit.
“I think that being able to step back from the stresses of the weekend and really be able to see what GRC is all about, scheduling, and how drivers adapt, was very valuable to me,” he explained. “Previously, every time I’d go to a GRC race weekend, the only thing I knew was being a driver, and naturally those stresses really do take their toll. Being able to step back—being in the booth, joking around, seeing my competitors and how they race—was definitely bittersweet, but ultimately a great learning experience.”
With only one race left to make a mark, the goal is simple for the Mill Valley native: get BHRS back on the podium. The team led 10 of 12 laps in the Los Angeles finale last year, only settling for third after holding off an immense amount of pressure until the final laps. Refreshed and recharged after Seattle, Bigham is confident that he can make it happen.
“Frankly, just getting on the podium in a Supercar would equate to what happened to me last year in LA. Just to reiterate, that is the greatest performance I’ve had to date. I went into that race thinking if I’m lucky I can come out in second place, and then ultimately not only getting first in the race, but first in the championship, was just a great overall weekend.
“(This year) I’m coming to LA much more positive, no matter the situation I find myself in. I think ultimately, with the added experience I’ve got, that should translate into a fantastic result for us.”
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