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Red Bull GRC Seattle: Power Rankings

September 7, 2017
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With only three rounds remaining in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, the time is now for drivers to put up or shut up in the championship chase.

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Up to 243 points remain on the line, ensuring that none of the Supercar drivers to make starts so far this season have been mathematically eliminated from the title hunt. That makes this weekend at Evergreen Speedway especially crucial, as the annual Seattle stop hosts two of the final three races in its first-ever doubleheader. A big weekend here could all but ensure a driver holds the championship trophy over his head next month in Los Angeles.

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

1. Scott Speed

After Ottawa, it’s going to be hard to pull the random bad luck card a second time on the two-time defending Supercar champion, but Speed lost the points lead in Seattle last year as quickly as he gained it in Atlantic City. All that may lead to a healthy dose of skepticism, but keep in mind that those concerns are more based on chance than they are on performance. Right now, Speed is dominating. (CL)

2. Steve Arpin

Does Steve Arpin have any more room for trophies? The Canadian added to his haul for the season with a pair of podium finishes in Atlantic City and remains in the championship hunt. He was a top five finisher in Seattle last year, but he’ll need to be aiming higher to remain in the championship hunt this time around. (DW)

3. Tanner Foust

Tanner Foust may have slipped down the pecking order in recent events but Seattle may well prove to be the ace up the veteran’s sleeve. Foust won here last year and it’s an environment that very much plays to his strengths. This year Red Bull GRC’s trip to Seattle is a double header, so Foust’s got twice as many chances to regain his championship lead. It couldn’t have come at a better time. (DW)

4. Mitchell deJong

Sebastian Eriksson may have out-performed Mitchell deJong last time out, but that’s hardly been the story of the season so far. The rookie has been a sensation in 2017 and has never finished a final outside the top five. The Honda Civic is a proven winner—deJong just needs to make the next step. (DW)

5. Sebastian Eriksson

Back on the podium in Atlantic City, this is a familiar career arc for the senior driver at Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: impress early, fade midseason, and come back with a vengeance late in the year. That’s how he placed second in points in 2015. Keep in mind that he also landed on the podium here last year; don’t be shocked by another strong run. (CL)

6. Patrik Sandell

A hard-fought and well-deserved podium was Sandell’s reward for a clean final on Saturday in Atlantic City, even if his lead turned out to be no match for Scott Speed in the closing laps. Still, the hope is that this will be the first of many for the Swede, whose union with Subaru Rally Team USA has produced plenty of speed but hasn’t always ended with representative results on the board. (CL)

7. Oliver Eriksson

Another solid showing for Oliver Eriksson in Atlantic City last month, but crunch time is coming. Both his teammates have had multiple podium finishes and have challenged for victories more than once too. The younger Eriksson will need to push to match their level in the final three rounds. (DW)

8. Chris Atkinson

Another heat win, this time in Atlantic City just under a year after his Supercar debut, proved that Atkinson and company have what it takes to keep running up front—but we all knew that as far back as New England, when he had an honest chance at victory. Seattle is another strong market for Subaru Rally Team USA fans, so expect the Australian to benefit from the good vibes of a de facto home crowd. (CL)

9. Austin Dyne

Atlantic City wasn’t Dyne’s best weekend of 2017 by any stretch, but he did dominate one of his heats until Chris Atkinson nipped him for the win on the final lap. Remember, though, he was strong at Evergreen Speedway last year, earning a second-row start in the final after a clean weekend and only fading after early contact. Expect a rebound weekend. (CL)

10. Austin Cindric

Austin Cindric got himself prepared for Red Bull GRC Supercar competition in the best possible way with a last gasp, “bump ‘n’ run” win in the NASCAR Truck Series last weekend. Let’s not forget, he was a championship contender in Lites back in 2015 too. Expect this versatile youngster to shine in Seattle. (DW)

Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle

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Supercar Round 10 Finals: September 9, 4:30PM ET, NBC // Supercar Round 11 Finals: September 10, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Rounds 10-11 Finals: September 13, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN

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