Red Bull GRC Ottawa: Rivalries to Watch
The madcap first half of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season draws to a close this weekend with a visit to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the series’ first ever event north of the border. The hometown fans will have something to smile about coming in, as Ontario native Steve Arpin counts himself as the most recent Supercar race winner after a hard-fought victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
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But the second doubleheader in the month of June won’t just be exciting to see if the hometown hero can go back to back. Last time out in New England, we saw a number of impressive head-to-head battles worth keeping tabs on in Ottawa. Without further ado:
Cyril Raymond vs. Christian Brooks
In GRC Lites, the only multi-race winner and the only driver to podium in every race so far this season cross the border separated by only four points. Connecticut was Raymond’s coming out party as a driver that American fans should know: the Frenchman posted a perfect weekend save for a second-place qualifying run on Sunday. Brooks, meanwhile, managed two podiums even as he dealt with potentially race-ending mechanical issues to end the weekend.
Scott Speed vs. Mitchell deJong
Twice in two days a last-lap move by Speed sent deJong down a spot in the running order in New England. Saturday’s wasn’t so bad: Speed’s jump into second place only knocked deJong down to third, and he still earned his first career Supercar podium. Sunday’s move, though, came with the 2014 GRC Lites champion running third already and proved to be the difference between another trophy and going home empty handed.
Loenbro Motorsports vs. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
David beat Goliath last time out as Steve Arpin and the little team that could (Loenbro Motorsports has seven full-time employees counting Arpin) avoided the trouble that shortened Tanner Foust’s time in the lead and produced four Supercar winners in the season’s first four races. It’s Speed who leads the standings with 288 points, with Foust only 19 points back—but their toughest challenger is Arpin, who remains only a single point off of Foust.
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Supercar Round 5 Finals: June 17, 10PM ET, NBCSN // Supercar Round 6 Finals: June 18, 4PM ET, NBC
Lites Finals: June 21, 5PM ET, NBCSN
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