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Global Rallycross 101: Earning Points

April 28, 2017
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Last year, Red Bull Global Rallycross awarded its Supercar and GRC Lites championships by the combined margin of 11 points. Scott Speed took the Supercar title over teammate Tanner Foust by a six-point gap, while Cabot Bigham eked past Oliver Eriksson in the Los Angeles finale with a five-point advantage.

With race winners taking 50, and a five-point spread going down the line in the 10-car final, the message was clear: every single finishing position can drastically affect the championship outcome. What if Eriksson hadn’t taken an early DNF in the season opener? What if Foust hadn’t encountered late-race tire troubles while in the lead in Atlantic City? We’d be looking back on two different champions—and perhaps a different Supercar field, as Bigham’s Lites title was the catalyst behind his promotion to Bryan Herta Rallysport this year.

With that said, the Red Bull GRC point system has been modified for this season, with more racing action meaning more opportunities to score and a brand new system devised to reflect that. How big of a difference will it make? Here are all the key details:

Heats

Heat wins make for valuable points in the Red Bull GRC championship; points-wise, a heat victory is the equivalent of finishing more than one spot higher in the main event. Enough heat points can make a major difference in a driver’s spot in the standings: each of the three drivers to earn more than 100 points in Supercar heats last year finished in the top four overall!

Heat points are awarded as follows:

Position    

Points    

Position    

Points

1st 7 4th 4
2nd 6 5th 3
3rd 5

 

There are only two scenarios where a driver can fail to earn points for a heat. The first is by failing to make it to the grid entirely; the second is disqualification by series officials for infractions like rough driving, course cutting, or taking the Joker Lap when it is still closed.

Semifinals and Last Chance Qualifiers

Even more important than the heats, semifinals present an opportunity for drivers to earn as many as 10 points. With these sessions representing a direct path into the 10-car final, the point skew heavily favors those who are able to come through in the clutch and grab the front row spots in the main event.

Semifinal points are awarded as follows:

Position    

Points    

Position    

Points

1st 10 4th 7
2nd 9 5th 6
3rd 8 6th 5

 

Main Events

The final is where the big points are earned during a Red Bull GRC event. While heat winners only earn seven points, main event winners earn a big 50, and second place takes home 45. The remaining positions are separated by three points each, down to 10th place, which earns 21.

Main event points are awarded as follows:

Position    

Points    

Position    

Points

1st 50 6th 33
2nd 45 7th 30
3rd 42 8th 27
4th 39 9th 24
5th 36 10th 21

 

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Supercar Finals: April 30, 1PM ET, NBC // Lites Finals: May 2, 5PM ET, NBCSN

Photo credit: Louis Yio (1); Larry Chen (2-4)