Mitchell deJong Wins Inaugural iRacing Red Bull GRC #DIRTNight Feature
The physical and virtual worlds of Red Bull Global Rallycross met on Friday night as Mitchell deJong took the checkered flag in iRacing Red Bull GRC action from Daytona International Speedway. deJong, the 2014 GRC Lites champion and a three-time Supercar podium finisher in 2017, added to his extensive iRacing trophy case with a dominant victory for Coanda Simsport on the RaceSpot TV broadcast.
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“It’s nice to be able to come do an interview after racing rallycross cars here!” deJong said after the final. “It’s nice to be at home. It’s super critical in these races where you start. Fortunately, I was able to earn the pole, so unless you mess up big-time, you’re almost guaranteed to get a good result. It’s nice to have a handbrake for that—you just let it go and launch it!”
deJong, who also competes in the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix series, dominated the event. He first earned a win in his heat to advance directly to the final, and became the only driver to crack the 40-second lap barrier in the main event. The Californian led an impressive international group of drivers, as five different nationalities were represented in the top five spots. Dutch driver Rens Broekman and Australian Joshua K. Rogers completed the podium. Second heat winner Tom Erik Voll, meanwhile, ran in podium contention until a late-race incident with a tire barrier dropped him through the pack.
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Full results from Friday night’s event are as follows:
- Mitchell deJong, 10 laps (Heat 1 winner)
- Rens Broekman, -4.642 seconds
- Joshua K. Rogers, -5.287
- Matthieu Prudhomme, -14.162
- Steliyan Chepilevski, -15.067
- Logan Clampitt, -16.322
- Casey Kirwan, -21.466 (Consolation winner)
- Paul Ilbrink, -25.430
- Tom Erik Voll, -30.390 (Heat 2 winner)
- Ivar Kalamees, DNF
- Bobby Zalenski, eliminated in Consolation
- Jimmy Mullis, eliminated in Consolation
- Joe Letteriello, eliminated in Consolation
- Philip Stamm, disqualified
Next week’s iRacing Red Bull GRC event on RaceSpot TV will see the series take on Iowa Speedway. Stay tuned to RedBullGRC.com and on social media @GRCseries for further updates!