Red Bull GRC 2017 Season Preview: James Rimmer
TEAM: #25 DirtFish Motorsports GRC Lites
2016 RESULTS: 3 starts, best finish 7th; 25 points, 21st overall (Lites)
2016 IN REVIEW: DirtFish Motorsports made the move from one full-time GRC Lites entry to two at its home race in Seattle when Rimmer joined Conner Martell on the grid. The Washington race didn’t quite go to plan with an incident in the last chance qualifier, but the newcomer rebounded strongly in Los Angeles to make his first main event. When all was said and done, Rimmer finished seventh that day—beating 2015 class champion Oliver Eriksson.
WHAT’S NEW: Taking a break from college to focus on racing, Rimmer will compete in his first full rallycross season in 2017; that’s about the biggest difference from where the DirtFish program left off last October. As with last year, the stage rally convert will have Martell’s expertise to lean on in the development process. Between an experienced crew and competitive teammate, few rookies could ask to be in a better situation to go for immediate strong results.
OUTLOOK: The last time DIrtFish Motorsports promoted a driver with three Lites starts to a full-time program, he took two victories and entered the last event of the year with a shot at the title. That driver was Martell, of course, but there’s no reason why Rimmer can’t do the same thing. He knows his way around a racecar from his stage rally experience, and he got the hang of wheel-to-wheel racing fairly quickly last year. Don’t be surprised if he makes some noise.
Photo credit: Louis Yio