Red Bull Global Rallycross Unveils Action-Packed New Race Format
Red Bull Global Rallycross today announced a new race format and point system for the 2017 season. Under the new system, Supercar events will feature three rounds of points-paying heats before the semifinals, last chance qualifier, and final, while heats and semifinals are now worth more points than ever before.
“Over the past few years, we’ve been willing to adjust and evolve our race format to better serve the needs of our fans,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “This year, we’ve devised a new format that will give our fans on site more racing than they’ve ever seen before, and a point system that reflects the increased amount of racing. We’re really looking forward to kicking off this year with our best product yet, and we can’t wait to hear what our fans think!”
The new heat format will see the top drivers on the grid facing off head-to-head in every round in five-lap sessions. Qualifying sets the first round of heats, where the fastest drivers will go head-to-head in the final heat of the first round. Second and third-round heat grids are set by the previous round’s results, with the heat winners going up against each other in the final heat of every round. Heat wins now pay seven points, with six points for second and a minimum of three points for every starter.
Semifinal grids are set by total points scored in the three heat rounds, with the top two scorers leading Semifinals A and B, respectively. The top four drivers in each six-lap semifinal advance directly to the main event, with all drivers scoring points on a 10-9-8-7-6-5 scale. All remaining drivers compete in the four-lap last chance qualifier, with the top two drivers advancing to the main event. In the 10-car, 10-lap final, the winner will continue to earn 50 points, with second place earning 45 and all subsequent finishers earning three points fewer than the preceding car.
At the track, the new event schedule will provide fans with the best fan experience yet. After multiple action-packed rounds for both Supercar and Lites classes, the daily schedule will include devoted intermissions where fans can watch the mechanics work on cars in the paddock and walk through the event without worrying about missing any of the action.
For a detailed breakdown of the event format, please click here.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. General admission and club seating options are available. Children 12 and under receive free admission with a ticketed adult. All tickets are $5 more at the gate.