Supercar Rookie Bigham Chasing Defending Red Bull GRC Champ
He may have been last year’s GRC Lites title winner as a rookie, but new Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Cabot Bigham knows he’s going to have some work to do to repeat the feat in Red Bull Global Rallycross’ Supercar class. Trading in the Lites car for one with twice as much horsepower and moving to a single-car team, he’ll be leaning heavily on his instincts and the team’s expertise as he continues to develop his skills as a rallycross driver.
Fortunately for Bigham, he knows exactly who to focus on when trying to find speed this season: a man named after the concept itself. The California native likes to identify on-track rivals to mirror in his preparation, and this year, that focus is on Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed.
“Definitely, at least in my situation, I’ve always found focusing on a certain driver or group of drivers to be helpful,” Bigham explained. “That allows you to stay motivated throughout your training processes, or even in those long downtime periods when you need to just stay mentally acute.
“I definitely have my eye on Scott Speed—he’s the two-time champion and consistently fast, no matter the situation, so I appreciate that. And I know he’s had a racing career in the past that involved getting very sick and getting back to Formula 1, so I know he has the drive to pull out of ruts. I appreciate all that, and envy it in some ways, so I’m excited to learn alongside him.”
As for Speed, he doesn’t mind having the target on his back one bit. Coming off of a career-best season of four victories and seven podiums, he views it as “kind of part of the deal!”
“It’s a good place to be in when you know you’re the fast car on the track most weekends, and you’re doing things the most way,” the two-time champion admitted. “That’s a good thing, obviously, because you know you’re doing things right. I guess that one of the bad parts is that there’s not always a lot to improve on when you’re in that spot, but it’s one of those deals.
“I’m sure it’ll be the same thing next year where we’ll have the target on our back. The field will be watching and trying to do what we’re doing, which is good, because we don’t have to change the recipe.”
What do you think, Red Bull GRC fans: can Cabot Bigham take the fight to Scott Speed in this year’s championship chase? Tell us in the comments!
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