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Red Bull GRC Los Angeles: Power Rankings

October 12, 2017
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This is it: the last event of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, and the last chance to make an impact before focus shifts to next year.

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Tanner Foust dominated last month’s doubleheader in Seattle, but it was Subaru Rally Team USA that made the strongest impressions with poles and podiums from each of its drivers. Those results allowed Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell to rocket through the power rankings, but where does the resulting shuffle leave the rest of the field?

Our experts Chris Leone (RedBullGRC.com) and Dominik Wilde (The Checkered Flag, Autosport), as always, have given our power rankings their best shot before this weekend’s event—tell us what you think of their list:

1. Scott Speed

Betting on perfection is a fool’s errand, but Speed can clinch the Supercar title before even starting the final if he sweeps his heats and semifinals. The good news? He’s done that four times this year. The better news? He’s won at this venue four times in six tries. It’s going to take a miracle to stop his championship streak, even if stranger things have happened. (CL)

2. Tanner Foust

Los Angeles has proven over the years to be a Volkswagen venue, and more specifically a Scott Speed venue. Speed has four wins from six starts at the Port of LA, but Foust hasn’t managed to notch up a single win there yet. Despite that, he comes into the season finale on the back of a hugely impressive sweep in Seattle. Now is a better time than ever for the championship contender to take that first LA win. (DW)

3. Steve Arpin

He’s only hanging onto championship eligibility by a thread, but you can’t act as if 2017 wasn’t a huge success for Arpin by any measure. It was his first multiple-win season with a new-look race team, and he added a number of new partners along the way in a series of colorful and popular liveries. The title may not end up in the Loenbro Motorsports shop, but Arpin and company have so much to be proud of. (CL)

4. Chris Atkinson

Subaru are finally mixing it up at the front of the field, and a brace of top four finishes in Seattle for Atkinson showed that. The team has unlocked more pace in their WRX STI and seem to have found consistency too. Last year, Atkinson took his first pole in LA; can he do it again this time around? (DW)

5. Patrik Sandell

It’s about time Sandell finally got to show the form that made him such a coveted signing to Subaru Rally Team USA in the first place. After a long year of intensive development, the three-time Supercar final winner now has two podiums and a pole in the past two event weekends, and comes into a track where he almost won last year. He’ll need to recapture that magic to extend his winning streak to four consecutive seasons, but he’s shown he can do it. (CL)

6. Mitchell deJong

deJong may still be looking for his first win of his Red BulL GRC Supercar career, but he’s easily been Honda’s star performer this year. He made his top-tier debut in Los Angeles last season, so now with a year’s experience under his belt, the local boy will want to make the most of it on his return to the Port of Los Angeles. (DW)

7. Oliver Eriksson

The biggest omission from Eriksson’s resume in 2017 remains a podium finish, although he’s come close on more than one occasion. Seattle was a disastrous weekend for the entire Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE operation, but you can bet they’ll be back on it in Los Angeles—it’s a home weekend for a number of folks on the team, and Eriksson won here as a Lites driver two years ago. (CL)

8. Sebastian Eriksson

Despite a win at the start of the year and a podium in Atlantic City, it’s been a somewhat anonymous season for the former championship contender. Eriksson’s weekend in Seattle didn’t reap any rewards, with a highest finish of ninth, but that’ll give him all the more motivation to end the year in style. (DW)

9. Austin Dyne

A heat victory and a pair of solid sixth-place finishes were the return for Dyne in Seattle. It’s been a good year for the M-Sport Fiesta driver, his first with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, after a trying 2016, and he’ll be looking to return to the top five or even break back into podium contention this weekend. (DW)

10. Cabot Bigham

A year ago, Bigham used a last-to-first drive in the Lites season finale here to claim the championship and earn a promotion to Supercar with Bryan Herta Rallysport. Consider this the final exam at the end of his freshman year in the class—it’s time to show what he’s learned, including the benefits of taking an event off in Seattle to take a 10,000 foot view of things. Rest assured, he’ll be heavily motivated to make the most of his home race. (CL)

Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles

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Supercar Round 12 Finals: October 14, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Round 12 Finals: October 19, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN

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