Fan Voice Friday // Fans Choice 2017: GRC Lites Rising Star
Once again, you, the Red Bull Global Rallycross fans, have spoken loud and clear when naming a Fans Choice winner: this time, it was Mitchell deJong who earned your vote as the top Supercar rookie for 2017 with his three podium finishes and top-five result in the final point standings. deJong, the 2014 GRC Lites champion, nearly nipped Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE teammate Sebastian Eriksson for fourth overall, and briefly ranked as high as third.
This week’s poll ties in nicely to deJong as well. He earned the series’ Rising Star Award in 2014 as the Lites driver to watch out for in the coming years; today, we want you to make your voice heard. With Cyril Raymond’s dominant season already recognized with the Lites title and Rookie of the Year Award, we’ve narrowed it down to the four drivers who followed him in this year’s championship:
This year’s Lites runner-up, Brooks earned three victories and tied a single-season record with nine podiums in only his second season in the class. The Californian took wins in Louisville, Seattle, and a dominant victory in Indianapolis, which occurred just down the road from the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing shop.
Like teammate Brooks, PeCoy moved to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for his sophomore Lites season and climbed from seventh to third in the standings over the final 10 races. PeCoy totaled five podiums and six heat victories on the year, after earning one of each in 2016, and took home a trophy from all four doubleheaders.
Despite missing the second Seattle final, DirtFish Motorsports’ Martell finished only 16 points out of the Lites top three. He bookended the year with wins in the Memphis opener and Los Angeles finale, and added his third triumph in Atlantic City after holding off Cyril Raymond from the green lights to the checkered flag.
Despite failing to win in his third Lites season, Keyes’ fifth place in the standings was actually a career best. He ended the year with podiums at each of the final three events—Atlantic City, Seattle, and Los Angeles—and dominated the Memphis final, only failing to finish after a late-race tire issue knocked him from the lead.
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