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Red Bull GRC Seattle: Supercar Rounds 10-11 Recap

September 11, 2017
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IN BRIEF: Tanner Foust returned to the top of the Red Bull Global Rallycross podium in Seattle, maintaining his status as the only driver to ever win a Supercar final at Evergreen Speedway. Last year’s race winner took back-to-back triumphs on Saturday and Sunday to set up a championship showdown with teammate Scott Speed in Los Angeles.

Sunday’s finals can be seen on Friday, September 15 at 8PM ET/5PM PT on the NBC Sports Network.

SATURDAY RECAP: Foust and polesitter Chris Atkinson were the class of the field in the preliminary stages of Round 10 action, setting up a head-to-head battle for the victory as they lined up side by side for the main event. Foust would gain the lead off the holeshot, while Speed would slot into second from the outside of the first row, but Atkinson would hang on for third place and his first podium since New England II in June. Steve Arpin and Oliver Eriksson followed Atkinson across the line in fourth and fifth.

SUNDAY RECAP: While Speed and polesitter Patrik Sandell (completing a weekend pole sweep for Subaru Rally Team USA) were the top drivers through the heats and semifinals, Foust wouldn’t be denied in the main event, taking an early lead and once again never looking back. While Speed would again make it interesting for second, Sandell would hang on for third, just a few seconds further back. Supercar newcomer Austin Cindric and Atkinson would complete the top five.

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

Saturday:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  4. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

Sunday:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  4. Austin Cindric, #19 Bryan Herta Rallysport
  5. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA

QUOTES: Driver quotes from Red Bull GRC Seattle:

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “It’s true—Scott could have swept the title this weekend. We held him off from that, but more importantly we held off (Steve) Arpin from gaining points. Finishing 1-2 twice, that puts us in the championship 1-2 with Scott leading. It was just an amazing effort from all the guys—Kyle, Brett, Pricey, Graham, Boomer—everybody put in everything. Especially with Atlantic City, this is sort of payback for them because they rebuilt the car so many times there. Here, it stayed virtually clean the whole time—I’m happy and can’t tell you what a relief it is. So happy for the whole team.”

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “We came out of here with loads of points and plenty of gap for the last race of the year. The cars are clean, they’re not broken, and it’s exactly what we wanted to come out of here and do. We just need to keep the wheels on it for a couple of heat races. Going in with 30 points ahead is massive.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA: “Back up on the podium baby! We had an awesome start here at the second event—we were first in qualifying and second in the first heat. Thanks for all the amazing support from Subaru and all the awesome Subaru fans and ambassadors around the world. I’m so grateful!”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Seattle:

  • Tanner Foust earned his 14th and 15th career Red Bull Global Rallycross victories by sweeping this weekend’s Supercar finals from Evergreen Speedway. His third and fourth wins of the year, Foust tied teammate Scott Speed atop the season-long charts.
  • With Foust’s Saturday win, Volkswagen locked up its second consecutive Red Bull GRC manufacturer’s championship. Coming into the event, Volkswagen only needed to start the final three rounds to lock up the title, but extended its lead to an insurmountable 11 points in the first leg of the doubleheader.
  • With back-to-back second place finishes, Scott Speed has finished on the podium in 16 of his past 18 Red Bull GRC starts. The Seattle doubleheader saw the two-time defending Supercar champion take his ninth and 10th podiums of the year.
  • Chris Atkinson earned his second career pole and second career podium in Saturday’s Round 10 action. Atkinson’s previous pole came in last year’s Los Angeles finale, and his most recent podium came at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in June.
  • Patrik Sandell’s third place finish on Sunday was his second podium in the past four races. Sandell also earned Sunday’s pole, his first with Subaru Rally Team USA and his first since Daytona I last June.
  • 2015 GRC Lites runner-up Austin Cindric finished eighth on Saturday and fourth on Sunday in his first event in a Supercar. Cindric stood in at Bryan Herta Rallysport for 2016 Lites champion Cabot Bigham, who was on hand with the team this weekend and will return to action in Los Angeles.
  • Entering next month’s season finale, only Speed, Foust, and Arpin remain eligible for the Supercar title. Speed leads Foust by only 30 points, and Arpin by 74. No other driver is mathematically able to crack the top three in the final standings.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Scott Speed, 756
  2. Tanner Foust, 726
  3. Steve Arpin, 682
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 599
  5. Mitchell deJong, 587
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 561
  7. Chris Atkinson, 542
  8. Austin Dyne, 514
  9. Patrik Sandell, 513
  10. Cabot Bigham, 413
  11. Austin Cindric, 102

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 54
  2. Honda, 41
  3. Subaru, 37

Photo credit: Louis Yio

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