Red Bull GRC: Sebastian Eriksson Wins In Louisville
With the new race format the heats hold more weight than ever. A heat win will result in points for the championship. Scott Speed and Tanner Foust continued where they left off as each took two heat wins and a win a piece in their semifinal races. Steve Arpin won in heat 1A, and Austin Dyne grabbed the victory in heat 3A after. Dyne got the win easily due to the other drivers both stalling at the starting gate.
The heats were full of contact and rubbin and made for a great lead-up to the main event.
Leading to the main the rain started to fall making a mess of everything which usually makes for some good racing. Luckily the rain slowed just as the main event started. As usual the VW in Speed and Foust jumped out ahead. The two made contact in the first turn as it was a tight turn. With Speed and Foust making contact this allowed both Arpin and Eriksson to make a pass and move into first and second. Thus the top four battle begun. The four where very close for the whole race.
At one point Arpin tried to nudge Eriksson out-of-the-way but to no avail. Eriksson was able to hold off the rest of the pack and take the win in Louisville.
1. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
2. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
3. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
4. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
5. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
6. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
7. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
8. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
DNS. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
DNS. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
Here from the winner Sebastian Eriksson:
Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “It was a great race for us. I was up in the lead for a few laps, but then I fell back to fourth, so it was crazy. But it was so much fun! The team has worked so hard for this over the past year and a half, and finally we’ve been able to win a race. It feels great, but we can’t stop working hard and trying to secure more victories this year.”
- Scott Speed, 150
- Tanner Foust, 140
- Steve Arpin, 133
- Sebastian Eriksson, 129
- Mitchell deJong, 123
- Oliver Eriksson, 110
- Cabot Bigham, 105
- Chris Atkinson, 57
- Austin Dyne, 54
- Patrik Sandell, 53