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Red Bull GRC Atlantic City: Supercar Rounds 8-9 Recap

August 14, 2017
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IN BRIEF: Scott Speed hit the jackpot at Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City after sweeping both of the weekend’s Supercar finals. Speed chased down Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell to win the Saturday round, and coasted to an unchallenged victory on Sunday as the field fought behind him.

SATURDAY RECAP: While Speed was the fastest qualifier and held the best spot on the main event grid, a wild first corner saw him shuffled to the back after a scuffle that ended the day of teammate Tanner Foust. Sandell seized the opportunity to take an early lead and extended it through the first half of the race, but a hard charging Speed wouldn’t go down easily. After claiming second place from Sebastian Eriksson, Speed and Sandell traded the lead multiple times with two laps to go before the two-time defending Supercar champion made the pass stick for good.

SUNDAY RECAP: A clean start for the entire Supercar field enabled Speed to jump out to the lead from pole, and he wouldn’t look back from there. The real battle was for second place, as Sandell, Eriksson, and Steve Arpin all held the spot at some point in the 10-lap final. A last-corner donnybrook ended with a number of drivers limping across the finish line, as well as Sandell’s disabled car unable to take the checkered flag.

RESULTS: Supercar results from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City are as follows:

Saturday:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

Sunday:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  5. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

QUOTES: Driver quotes from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “To be honest, that race was plan A! It went the way we hope every race does. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle is on rails and super fast, but to be fair, these guys are catching up and it’s getting tight! I’m really looking forward to a competitive last half of the season. We’re going to have to be on our A game, but fortunately, we got some great points this weekend, and that gives us the points lead. Now we just have to hold on!”

Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “The race started off good—I was up on Scott, but obviously Arpin caught up to me, so I had to protect myself. I kept the inside line and didn’t want him to pass. Unfortunately I lost some pace. We try to go as fast as possible at every race—point wise, I think we lost too many points in the beginning of the season to really fight for the championship, but we’re going to do the best we can and get as many points as we can to finish in the top three.”

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “Hats off to my crew—they worked their tails off. We got taken out of the second heat race there and it ended up being more damage than we thought it would be. It ended up being a little deeper and it took us the third race and the semi-final to figure it out, but that thing came back to life in the final! That JCB car was awesome, and our team is awesome. It doesn’t matter if you start in the third row or the first row, that’s rallycross.”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City:

  • Scott Speed took the record-extending 14th and 15th victories of his Red Bull GRC career with his sweep in Atlantic City. Speed remains the only Supercar driver to win a main event at Bader Field.
  • With Speed’s sweep, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross only needs to start the final three rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season to clinch Volkswagen’s second consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship. Volkswagens have won six of the nine rounds so far this season.
  • Patrik Sandell took his first podium finish since joining Subaru Rally Team USA with a second place run on Saturday. Every Supercar driver to compete in Red Bull GRC so far this year has now either won a race, won a heat, or finished on the podium.
  • Sebastian Eriksson’s runner-up finish on Sunday was his second podium of the season, as well as his first since winning in Louisville in May.
  • Steve Arpin finished third in both Atlantic City Supercar finals. Arpin now has a career-best seven podiums in nine rounds so far this season, as well as three third-place results in a row.
  • Tanner Foust relinquished the Supercar points lead in Atlantic City for the first time since Ottawa in June. Foust failed to finish Saturday’s final, and earned two penalties on Sunday to drop him to ninth place in the final running order.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Scott Speed, 616
  2. Steve Arpin, 578
  3. Tanner Foust, 575
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 512
  5. Mitchell deJong, 497
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 466
  7. Chris Atkinson, 424
  8. Austin Dyne, 414
  9. Cabot Bigham, 413
  10. Patrik Sandell, 396

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 44
  2. Honda, 35
  3. Subaru, 29

Photo credit: Larry Chen, Louis Yio

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