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Red Bull GRC Ottawa: Power Rankings

June 15, 2017

If there’s anything that Red Bull Global Rallycross New England showed us earlier this month, it’s this: anything can happen in the Supercar class.


Four different race winners to start the season, six podium finishers, and seven heat or semifinal winners—the latter two categories including representatives from each manufacturer—prove that this is the most evenly balanced Red Bull GRC season yet. With only two drivers yet to win something along the way, we could very well see that number whittled down to zero very easily this weekend in Ottawa.

Once again,’s Chris Leone and Autosport/The Checkered Flag’s Dominik Wilde try to put this field in order coming into the weekend. Here’s what they came up with:

1. Scott Speed

Another winless weekend for Scott Speed but despite being shuffled back down the field at the start of both finals in Thompson, the championship leader managed to carve his way through the field like a knife through butter. He’s the only driver to finish on the podium in every round this season too; that consistency will prove key as the season goes on. (DW)

2. Tanner Foust

How many times did we see this in 2017: Foust absolutely dominates a race only to have it all go wrong at the very end of the final. Put it this way: nobody was in the same league as he was in New England, and if not for a busted wheel on Sunday, we’d be looking at a completely different championship picture. (CL)

3. Steve Arpin

Steve Arpin returned to the winner’s circle in Thompson, and remains in the championship fight only behind the mighty Volkswagens. This weekend he’ll be racing on home soil for the first time in his Red Bull GRC career so expect him to put on one heck of a show for the Canadian fans. A third career win this weekend? Don’t bet against it. (DW)

4. Mitchell deJong

deJong’s first Supercar victory feels like an inevitability: we know he’s ready, we know it’s coming, but we don’t know where. Finally cracking the podium in New England was a good start, but we know that’s not what the Californian is here for. He’s hungry for that first win, and it just might come in Canada. (CL)

5. Chris Atkinson

Finally. Subaru have been knocking on the door of the front runners all year, but for whatever reason they hadn’t quite been able to put it together when it really counts. A maiden podium for Atko in Thompson marks a turning point for the team. (DW)

6. Sebastian Eriksson

2017 so far has been somewhat reminiscent of 2016 for Eriksson: some really strong results (the Louisville win), partially negated in the points race by lesser performances (New England). When he’s on, he’s on; the question is, what can Eriksson and company change to ensure that he’s on at every single race? (CL)

7. Patrik Sandell

On the other side of the Subaru garage, Patrik Sandell had to contend with engine issues throughout the weekend. Despite that, he still managed to claim a pair of top-six finishes, even beating teammate Atkinson in the first final of the weekend. Provided SRTUSA have fixed the issues with his car for this weekend, he should keep moving up. (DW)

8. Oliver Eriksson

The good news: Eriksson broke through for his first Supercar heat win on Saturday in New England, and added another on Sunday. The bad: his mimicry wasn’t restricted to the early rounds, as he finished ninth in both finals. We’ve seen him mature and gain confidence over the past few weekends—now it’s time to put it all together. (CL)

9. Austin Dyne

Gloss over the DNF in the second Thompson final for Austin Dyne and it was in fact a great weekend for him. Fifth place in the first race of the weekend marked his best finish in almost a year. Rahal’s influence on the privateer Ford operation is becoming more apparent with each round. (DW)

10. Cabot Bigham

No, everything didn’t quite go according to plan in Connecticut, but Bigham’s influence on the local fanbase was apparent. The rookie has done a great job cultivating supporters, and they’ll be with him all the way as he continues to climb the Supercar ranks. We’ll see what he’s really made of this weekend as he tries to bounce back. (CL)

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