Red Bull GRC Seattle: GRC Lites Rounds 10-11 Preview
IN BRIEF: GRC Lites heads into its final doubleheader of 2017 with a return visit to Evergreen Speedway, just outside of Seattle, this weekend. Washington-based DirtFish Motorsports dominated last year’s event with driver Conner Martell, who enters this year’s running second to only Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ Cyril Raymond in the championship standings.
TUNE IN INFORMATION:
- GRC Lites Rounds 10-11 Finals: September 13, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN
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LAST RACE: Cyril Raymond and Conner Martell, the top two drivers in Lites points, split last month’s doubleheader in Atlantic City. Raymond led Martell and Alex Keyes across the line on Saturday, while Martell held off Raymond for the entire Sunday show. Unfortunately, mechanical issues on the final lap dropped the Frenchman to sixth across the line, enabling Christian Brooks and Travis PeCoy to complete the podium.
DRIVER CHANGES: Mark Brummond will become the latest driver to participate in a GRC Lites event as he joins Olsbergs MSE X Forces for the remainder of the 2017 season. Of the drivers and teams who competed at Bader Field in August, only CORE autosport drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will not appear in Seattle.
THE TRACK: The biggest difference between this year’s Evergreen Speedway layout and last year’s is the swap between the jump and Joker Lap. With the Joker now the longer way around the course, drivers will need to rethink typical race strategy. Click here for more information.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS READY TO FACE OFF: Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ Cyril Raymond earned his second consecutive European Lites title on Labor Day weekend, and maintains a 68-point advantage in the GRC Lites standings over Conner Martell. Martell, however, is not only the most recent Lites winner in Atlantic City, he’s also the defending Seattle winner after posting a nearly flawless weekend last year. With the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing trio of Travis PeCoy, Christian Brooks, and Alex Keyes also lurking behind them, this weekend’s results will have some major championship implications.
SEATTLE A HOME EVENT FOR NUMEROUS LITES ENTRANTS: Although DirtFish Motorsports is perhaps the most notable Washington-based organization in GRC Lites, it’s not the only name in the field with ties to the Pacific Northwest. Lewiston, Idaho native Cole Keatts also calls Evergreen Speedway his home Lites track, and posted a then-career best fifth place in last year’s Seattle round. Newcomer Mark Brummond also grew up in Seattle, and will run a blue-and-green livery in homage to the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks.
FAN FAVORITE VOTING CONTINUES: The fourth annual GRC Lites Fan Favorite Driver of the Year poll features one of the most evenly matched fields yet, as all of the series’ full-time teams have at least one driver in the top five as of the most recent voting update. AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez, DirtFish Motorsports’ Conner Martell, Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ Cole Keatts, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks and Travis PeCoy were all on Sunday’s leaderboard. Voting continues through the end of the season. Click here for more information.
QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th and 11th rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:
Christian Brooks, #44 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “With the season coming to an end, we’re going to have to pick up as many points as we can. I just need to get consistent results and try to keep the car in one piece. Usually in the races we haven’t had too many mechanical failures—we’ve had pretty good positions for points and we came out with pretty decent points standing for the weekend. As long as we keep it together and get on the podium on both days, we’ll be pretty good for points.”
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing: “The course has changed a bit, especially the dirt section going into what was Turn 3. I feel that if you get a good run off of the last corner, coming into the oval, that can be a really good spot to set you up for a pass. On the map, the track looks similar, but I feel that once we start driving on it, it’s going to be completely different.”
Mark Brummond, #242 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “Seattle has been a hometown for me. I moved at age 9 in 1984 to Atlanta, but we were definitely involved with the Seahawks and I definitely still carry that with me, even in the south. I’m going to stay out of trouble—I’ll go in with an open mind and it’s going to be a new experience when we are banging cars. It’ll probably take me a couple laps to get used to it, but after that, I think I’ll be good in the car.”
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