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Red Bull GRC Ottawa: Supercar Rounds 5-6 Recap

June 19, 2017

IN BRIEF: As in New England earlier this month, Steve Arpin and Tanner Foust split the Supercar finals on offer at Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa, the series’ inaugural event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and a part of Ottawa 2017 festivities. Arpin took Saturday’s victory to become the season’s first repeat winner, while Foust used a second place on Saturday and win on Sunday to take the championship lead for the first time this season.

SATURDAY RECAP: The story of the weekend looked to be Scott Speed’s fall from the championship lead, as the two-time defending Supercar champion and incoming points leader needed an engine change after the third round of heats. Because he was unable to grid for the semifinals, he would miss the final—giving the field a chance to make up 50 valuable points.

From the middle of the front row, Arpin posted a perfect start that enabled him to get out front and stay there; despite both Foust and rookie Mitchell deJong challenging for the lead, neither could get past the lone Canadian driver in the field. Arpin would hang on to go back-to-back for the first time in his career, and took the points lead for the first time in his career in the process.

SUNDAY RECAP: The tables turned on Sunday, as Speed bounced back with the Big Rig Brewery Pole Award and wins in each of his heats and semifinals. Despite some initial struggles, including a spin in his second-round heat, teammate Foust also won his semifinal to set up a Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross showdown at the front of the pack.

The initial start was called off after Chris Atkinson rolled his Subaru WRX STI; not only was he uninjured, he also pulled back onto the grid and completed the full final after the restart. Foust and deJong would each beat Speed into the first few corners, while an early DNF would ensure that Arpin couldn’t sweep his home race. As Foust extended an insurmountable lead, Speed continued to pressure deJong until the final straightaway, where he pulled past the rookie to take second place and make it a 1-2 finish for VARX.

RESULTS: Supercar results from Red Bull GRC Ottawa are as follows:


  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  5. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing


  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

QUOTES: Driver quotes from Red Bull GRC Ottawa:

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “The third time’s a charm, and this is our third win. How amazing is this—it’s Ottawa 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary, so happy birthday Canada! We’ve had the good fortune to race all over the world, but this is what it’s all about. Thank you everyone—we have so many guests here this weekend, this is an amazing sport, and we get to do it all again!”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “What a finish! There were a lot of familiar faces from yesterday, and I think we made a lot of rallycross fans up here. That’s what it’s all about, showing this great sport to new places. This track was pretty tough, and I’d like to thank BFGoodrich for making some tough tires. I’m incredibly happy—to get a 1-2 for our team out of that is really spectacular.”

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “It was a fun race. By the end of the race, we pretty much had zero visibility out the window, and I was trying to put as much pressure as I could on second. Fortunately, they made a mistake on the last corner, and we were able to somehow sneak by to grab second. Shout out to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. We crushed it again this weekend with a 1-2 finish, so I have to give it up to these guys. And thank you to all of these fans for coming out in Canada!”

Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “I just did my best out there to bring it home. It was such an amazing track and very high speed. It’s a lot different than normal, and I like it a lot. It was a bit tough at first with all the holes at practice, but the series did a really good job. I have to thank the whole team: Honda, Red Bull, OMSE, all of my guys who gave me my car—it was intact the whole time.”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Ottawa:

  • Steve Arpin became the first repeat winner of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with his victory on Saturday. It was the third main event win of his Supercar career, and ensured that he would lead the championship standings for the first time.
  • Tanner Foust broke a tie with teammate Scott Speed for most career Red Bull GRC wins by taking Sunday’s main event. It was Foust’s 13th victory, as well as his fourth podium of the year.
  • Scott Speed’s DNS in the final on Saturday marked the first time that he missed a podium in 2017. Speed would rebound with a second place result on Sunday.
  • Mitchell deJong’s pair of third place finishes were the second and third podiums of his Supercar career. deJong remains the top rookie in Supercar points at fourth overall.
  • Cabot Bigham won the first heat of his Supercar career in Saturday’s Heat 2A. All three rookie drivers—Bigham, deJong, and Oliver Eriksson—have now won a heat or finished on the podium in 2017.
  • Eight of the 10 Supercar drivers entered in the Ottawa doubleheader won a heat race or finished on the podium at some point during the event.


  1. Tanner Foust, 418
  2. Steve Arpin, 391
  3. Scott Speed, 381
  4. Mitchell deJong, 372
  5. Sebastian Eriksson, 330
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 312
  7. Chris Atkinson, 278
  8. Austin Dyne, 269
  9. Cabot Bigham, 261
  10. Patrik Sandell, 240


  1. Volkswagen, 29
  2. Honda, 24
  3. Subaru, 19

Photo credit: Louis Yio

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