2017 Year in Review: Scott Anderson
FINISH: 11th in GRC Lites points
2017 RESULTS: 5 starts, best finish 5th, 242 points
2016 RESULTS: 3 starts, 1 podium, 55 points
THE GOOD: Despite only joining the GRC Lites grid in Atlantic City, Anderson looked completely at home in his return to rallycross. Joining the Olsbergs MSE X Forces paddock with Robbie Buhl’s Racing 4 Detroit program, Anderson nonetheless benefitted by returning to familiar venues in Seattle and Los Angeles that he had raced in his initial three-race taste of the series with CORE autosport last year.
Last year’s experience paid off, as Anderson scored a pair of top fives in the final two rounds of the season to cap off the year. The latter came in Los Angeles, where he scored his first career rallycross podium last year; he took a runner-up finish in his semifinal, his best finish in a points-paying session all year. Anderson also won a last chance qualifier in Atlantic City.
THE BAD: Anderson had initially set his sights on a full season program, and was of course disappointed to miss the first half of the year. It was clearly a missed opportunity to go after a title given his consistent main event results during the season—his 242 points in five starts would have translated to about 581 points had he run the full year, good for sixth overall.
Of course, the downtime also meant Anderson would need to shake off a little bit of rust. In Atlantic City, he found himself in both last chance qualifiers, but managed to beat full-timers like Cole Keatts and James Rimmer (and former teammate Colin Braun) to make it into both finals.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “I think it’s gone pretty well. I really wanted to leave the season with a podium again. But coming in, racing these guys who have a lot of experience in the series, I knew it was going to be tough. It’s kind of what the goal was, to be able to be up front. I’m trying to do a full season again (next) year. It’s looking better for (2018) to make it happen!”
2018 PROGNOSIS: Anderson was a consistent top-five threat in the races he ran in 2017. If he can put together a full-season program in 2018, he should be a contender for race wins.
Photo credit: Louis Yio