Fan Voice Friday // Fans Choice 2017: Signature Pass
The Red Bull Global Rallycross fans have spoken loud and clear: Subaru’s Launch Control was your favorite video series of the 2017 season! Following along with the exploits of Subaru Rally Team USA in both its rallycross and stage rally programs, the documentary series focuses heavily on the team’s Supercar ascent as drivers Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson take the fight to the rest of the field.
As promised, this is the last of our Fans Choice 2017 polls, and it’s all about the most impressive on-track pass of the year. (We’re only counting moves where positions changed hands, which is why the Louisville photo finish isn’t on the list!) Check out all four clips right here, and be sure to cast your vote:
Memphis: Foust Off the Line
In the first race of the new five-wide starting lineup in Supercar heats, drivers who failed to land the inside line on the grid had their best chance yet to take an early lead. Unwilling to yield the top spot to polesitter and defending Supercar champion Scott Speed, Tanner Foust used one of the most impressive launches of the season to leave his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate in the dust, and held off a charge from Steve Arpin to maintain the lead.
Ottawa: Arpin Makes His Move
Red Bull GRC’s first visit to Ottawa was sure to be extra special for Steve Arpin, as the Loenbro Motorsports driver was the only Canadian in the field and an Ontario native to boot. In Saturday’s second Supercar semifinal, Subaru Rally Team USA’s Chris Atkinson held the lead, but realizing that only the winner would clinch a first-row grid position for the final, Arpin made one of the most aggressive moves of the 2017 season to ensure he’d claim the starting spot.
Atlantic City: Beetle on the Warpath
A sketchy start for most of the field in the first Atlantic City final enabled Patrik Sandell to charge to the front, pursuing Subaru Rally Team USA’s first main event win in nearly three years and a possible extension of his own three-year win streak. But Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed, the defending winner at Bader Field, had other plans. In a spirited late-race battle, the American and Swede faced off by going wheel-to-wheel over the jump to decide the winner.
Seattle: Joke(r)’s On You
Cyril Raymond may have clinched the 2017 GRC Lites title a round early at Evergreen Speedway, but he’d have to settle for second place in the deciding race thanks to this expert move from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks. The Californian helped nudge the Olsbergs MSE X Forces driver into the Joker Lap, a longer lane in Seattle; with a clear course ahead of him, he extended the lead and won the main event decisively.