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deJong’s Record Run Continues in Iowa iRacing #DIRTNight Action

January 27, 2018
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The last time we saw Mitchell deJong win seven Red Bull Global Rallycross races, he had just wrapped up the 2014 GRC Lites season—putting the finishing touches on a title run that may never be equaled.

This time, he’s done it in iRacing #DIRTNight broadcasts on RaceSpot TV, and there appears to be no end in sight to the winning.

Facing a who’s who of top rallycross iRacers, including Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross engineer Graham Quinn, deJong dominated Friday night’s action from Iowa Speedway. Finishing both practice and qualifying on top of the charts, he again won his heat and led all 10 laps in the final on the way to another checkered flag.

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One of the most unique Red Bull GRC builds in iRacing, Iowa also produced one of the closest races that anyone could ask for. On a track where most of the field turned laps in the 36- and 37-second range, the range from first place deJong to ninth place Yohann Harth was only 13.018 seconds, and all 10 drivers finished on the lead lap.

“It’s certainly a much cleaner track,” deJong said of the close racing from Friday night. “Even the last race we had (at Iowa), even though we had a big crash in Turn 1, it was something that was caused by such a small thing that happened. On this track, you can race a lot easier without contact. With there being such a large gap between the normal lane and the Joker, it promotes the use of strategy, and you have a lot more options. I would say it’s my favorite track right now.”

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Full results from Friday night’s event are as follows:

  1. Mitchell deJong, 10 laps (Heat 1 winner)
  2. Rens Broekman, -3.230 seconds
  3. Steliyan Chepilevski, -5.741 (Heat 2 winner)
  4. Sindre Setsaas, -9.612 (Consolation winner)
  5. Michael Guest, -10.051
  6. Julien Schein, -10.779
  7. Graham Quinn, -11.717
  8. Nathan Lyon, -12.664
  9. Yohann Harth, -13.018
  10. Jake Hewlett, -21.727
  11. Fabian Menetrey, eliminated in Consolation
  12. Evan Maillard, eliminated in Consolation

Next Friday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross iRacing show on RaceSpot TV will feature a return to the real-world Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis that debuted in July 2017. Stay tuned to RedBullGRC.com and on social media @GRCseries for further updates!

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