Red Bull GRC Los Angeles: GRC Lites Round 12 Preview
IN BRIEF: It’s all about pride in the GRC Lites season finale, which returns to the Port of Los Angeles for the second year in a row this weekend. While Cyril Raymond has already locked up the championship, a host of talented young drivers, including a number of Californian challengers, will be looking for a statement victory to end the season.
TUNE IN INFORMATION:
- GRC Lites Round 12 Finals: October 18, 5PM ET, NBCSN
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LAST RACE: Cyril Raymond and Christian Brooks split the two rounds on offer at Evergreen Speedway, with Raymond taking his sixth victory of the season and Brooks claiming his third. Raymond also locked up the Lites championship for Olsbergs MSE X Forces with a race remaining by placing second on the Sunday podium.
DRIVER CHANGES: There will be no changes to the driver lineup from last month’s Seattle doubleheader.
THE TRACK: In a rare occurrence, this year’s Port of Los Angeles course remains similar to last year’s layout. The largest change is a sharper dirt corner before the jump, shortening the course from .699 miles last year to .654 miles this weekend. Click here for more information.
RAYMOND AIMS FOR RECORDS IN SEASON FINALE: Although he’s already clinched the GRC Lites championship, Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ Cyril Raymond can make history in a number of different categories this weekend. Were he to take the victory on Saturday, it would be both the seventh of the season and his time in the series—equaling 2014 Lites champion and current OMSE Supercar driver Mitchell deJong’s single-season and career records for the class.
HISTORICAL, HOMETOWN ADVANTAGES FOR DREYER & REINBOLD: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing swept this event last year as a doubleheader on the way to its first GRC Lites title, with Alex Keyes and Cabot Bigham splitting the two rounds on offer. This year, the team brings three cars to the single-round event, with each seat filled by a Californian series veteran. Keyes (Folsom) returns to defend his 2016 victory, while Christian Brooks (Santa Clarita) and Travis PeCoy (Yorba Linda) will aim for their first Los Angeles podiums after successful seasons so far.
ANDERSON AIMS FOR PODIUM RETURN: Of the drivers entered in this weekend’s GRC Lites field, only two took podiums at this doubleheader last year: Saturday winner Alex Keyes, and Sunday runner-up Scott Anderson, who returns to the site of his first rallycross podium on a new team. The Colorado native rejoined the series at Atlantic City in August, competing with Racing 4 Detroit and Olsbergs MSE X Forces, and posted a season-best finish of fifth in his most recent final in Seattle.
QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, the final round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:
Christian Brooks, #44 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “My friends and most of my family aren’t able to come out to all of my races so just having them here to support me is a big confidence boost. I don’t want to make any mistakes in front of them, right? I know car setup was a huge deal last year, and basically Dreyer & Reinbold’s cars both checked out of qualifying by over a second. Now I’m in those cars, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m really excited—we have really good equipment for the race so hopefully we’ll have some tricks up our sleeve.”
Travis PeCoy, #3 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “What makes this race special is that I have so many friends and family members coming to the race to watch me. It would mean a lot to win in front of everybody and show them what I’m made of in person. I’d say I’m pretty stoked—we have third place in the championship, and an opportunity to get second, so we’re a pretty strong force this year, and I couldn’t be any happier.”
James Rimmer, #25 DirtFish Motorsports: “This is my favorite event of the year. You’re right on the water and it tends to be the biggest race. A lot of people come out, a lot of the sponsors come out. I came here last year experimenting with the car. Last year was a doubleheader, and I finished in seventh on Saturday, but I didn’t even make the second final. This year I’m pushing a lot more and going for the top spot on the podium because I know I can be there.”
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Supercar Round 12 Finals: October 14, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Round 12 Finals: October 19, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN
Photo credit: Louis Yio