After nine of nine runs
|1.||Joni Wiman||Olsbergs MSE||Ford Fiesta ST||381|
|2.||Ken Block||Hoonigan Racing Division||Ford Fiesta ST||376|
|3.||Scott Speed||Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross||Volkswagen Polo / Volkswagen Beetle||344|
|4.||Nelson Piquet Jr.||SH Racing Rallycross||Ford Fiesta ST||307|
|5.||Sverre Isachsen||Subaru Rally Team USA||Subaru WRX STI||280|
|6.||Patrik Sandell||Olsbergs MSE||Ford Fiesta ST||246|
|7.||Steve Arpin||Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2||Ford Fiesta ST||224|
|8.||Bucky Lasek||Subaru Rally Team USA||Subaru WRX STI||215|
|9.||Tanner Foust||Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross||Volkswagen Polo / Volkswagen Beetle||209|
|10.||Rhys Millen||Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing||Hyundai Veloster||201|
|11.||Austin Dyne||Barracuda Racing||Ford Fiesta ST||150|
|12.||Brian Deegan||Rockstar Energy Drink||Ford Fiesta ST||140|
|13.||Emma Gilmour||Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing||Hyundai Veloster||62|
|14.||Pat Moro||PMR Motorsports||Chevrolet Sonic||8|
|15.||Travis Pastrana||Subaru Rally Team USA||Subaru WRX STI|
|16.||Liam Doran||LD Motorsports||Citroen DS3|
|17.||Ricky Johnson||Olsbergs MSE||Ford Fiesta ST|
|18.||Toomas Heikkinen||Marklund Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo|
|19.||Anton Marklund||Marklund Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo|
|20.||David Higgins||Subaru Rally Team USA||Subaru WRX STI|
After nine of nine runs
No aces up sleeves in Vegas.
Scott Speed crashes but fights his way back to fourth place, teammate Tanner Foust comes sixth.
It was a full-on scuffle in the gambling paradise: the Volkswagen Andretti Autosport drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust suffered a few blows at the final event of the season in Las Vegas, but nonetheless succeeded in making good some ground and worked their way through the field, not least thanks to the strong performance of their Beetle GRC cars. The race was won by Ken Block (Ford), while second-placed Joni Wiman (Ford) became this year’s winner of the Global Rallycross Championship. Speed placed third overall, Foust is ninth. The Volkswagen Andretti team takes second place in the Manufacturers’ championship.
Speed, who was still in with a chance of securing the title for himself ahead of the final event of the season, suffered a crash and had to start the final from the back of the pack. The young American nevertheless managed to finish in fourth place. “It was a tough fight, but the Beetle GRC was great fun to drive in Las Vegas all the same. The future looks bright, and I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the entire Volkswagen Andretti Autosport team,” said Speed.
Speed’s teammate Tanner Foust had a spot of bad luck in the semi-final, damaging the suspension of his Beetle GRC when he came into contact with Bucky Lasek. Fortunately, though, his team was able to repair the damage quickly. Foust was happy with finishing in sixth place overall and was also confident, much like his teammate: “The final races of the season really helped us further develop the Beetle. It will be difficult to beat in 2015 – and I can hardly wait!”
Scott Speed remains on course for the championship win.
The American Scott Speed finished in sixth place in the penultimate race of the Global Rallycross Championship in Seattle. The former Formula 1 driver competing for Volkswagen Andretti Autosport is therefore still in the running for the overall win. The drivers’ championship will be decided at the season final in Las Vegas on 5 November.
Speed’s fellow American Tanner Foust got behind the wheel of the new 544 hp Beetle GRC for the second time in Seattle. The US star put in the fourth-fastest time during the qualifying session, but failed to make it into the final due to a number of skirmishes. Foust nonetheless firmly believes in the qualities of the new car. “This was another important step in the development of the Beetle. At the end of the event, it was one of the fastest cars on the track. And we will see further improvements in Las Vegas,” said Foust.
Victory in Seattle went to Sverre Isachsen of Norway, who drives for Subaru Rally Team USA. The Finnish driver Joni Wiman of Ford Olsbergs MSE finished in second place, less than a second behind Isachsen, and succeeded in defending his overall lead. The American Brian Deegan (Ford) was third-placed with Rockstar Energy Drink.
Premiere for the new Beetle, victory for Speed.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross had a successful weekend in Los Angeles, with the 544 hp Beetle celebrating its premiere in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) with US driver Tanner Foust behind the wheel. Foust impressed his competitors with a demonstration of the vehicle’s speed during the first day’s qualifying heat. The US star then had to sit Sunday’s racing proceedings out due to a precautionary engine change. “We got a great deal of experience in the Beetle on the track and scored a couple of fastest times. I’m now looking forward to the next event in Seattle,” said Foust.
The same no doubt applies for Scott Speed too. The former Formula 1 driver triumphed on the first day of the double event, and picked up some valuable championship points in the process. On Sunday, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver finished in a strong sixth place.
Speed is currently in third place overall ahead of the penultimate event of the season in Seattle this coming Saturday. He trails the leaders Nelson Piquet Jr and Ken Block, but is still in with a good chance of stealing the championship title.
Victory remains elusive in the Sunshine State
– Tanner Foust sixth in Daytona final.
Tanner Foust took sixth place in the fifth round of the Global Rallycross Championship in Daytona (USA). He defeated several drivers in the final at the wheel of the 500-plus-horsepower Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar, including championship leader Nelson Piquet Junior. Foust’s team-mate Scott Speed finished a disappointing tenth. With four weekends of racing to go, Speed is still in a promising third place overall with 190 points, ranking behind Piquet Jr. (245 points) and Ken Block (205). Tanner Foust is currently eighth overall. The next races in the Global Rallycross Championship will take place in Los Angeles (USA) on 21 September.
Andretti drivers pick up
important championship points in Charlotte.
After the victory at the Global Rallycross race in New York a week ago, the Volkswagen team Andretti Autosport suffered a slight setback in their fight for the championship at the fifth race of the season in Charlotte. On the extremely rough Dirt Track in the US state of North Carolina, unusually the two Andretti drivers Scott Speed (USA) and Tanner Foust (USA) did not finish in the top three in their Volkswagen Polo RX Supercars with over 500 hp: Speed finished fifth, Foust, hindered by tyre problems, was eighth. Victory went to Ken Block (USA). The former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet jr. (BR) now leads the overall standings with 227 points. Speed is in second with 181 points.
Foust celebrates his first victory
of the season in New York.
Tanner Foust (USA), in a Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar with more than 500 hp, driven for Andretti Autosport, brought home his first victory of the season at the fourth Global Rallycross round of the season. In Uniondale in the US state of New York, on the circuit covering just over 751 metres that was constructed specially for the event, the two-time Global Rallycross Champion initially asserted himself against his team-mate Scott Speed (USA). The apparent one-two victory for the Volkswagen brand didn't last long, however, since Speed was disqualified after the race for ignoring a flag.
This meant second place went to Nelson Piquet Junior (BR), son of the three-time Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, while Ken Block (USA) moved up into third place. In the overall standings Speed is in second place with 149 points, behind Piquet Junior (184). Steve Arpin (CDN) is in third with 140 points.
Fifth and sixth for Foust and Speed in Washington.
The two Andretti Autosport team Volkswagen Polo RXs reached the final of the third Global Rallycross event in Washington (USA): Tanner Foust (USA) finished fifth, while team-mate Scott Speed (USA), the ex-Formula One and NASCAR driver, came home sixth. Foust was on the brink of missing out on the final, but came through his duel in the “Last Chance Qualifier” to qualify. “Generally speaking, the car has plenty of speed and we will be back among the front-runners in New York,” said Speed. He now leads the overall standings with 110 points, ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr. (BR), with Foust in 13 place on eleven points.
The next Global Rallycross event will be held in New York (USA) on 20 July.
Successful start in Barbados:
Scott Speed lives up to his name.
While many people go there on holiday, he prefers to put the pedal to the metal in his Polo RX: Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross) is the winner of the first race in the Global Rallycross series in Barbados.
The Top Gear Festival held on the Bushy Park Circuit was hardly a walk in the park for Speed, who really had to fight for the win: he was initially seriously set back by a technical problem, but the mechanics worked their magic and got the Polo RX back in shape to take the lead.
“It’s been a great weekend for us,” said a delighted Speed, who went on to add: “The guys in the team really did a brilliant job. And now it’s time to celebrate!”
His teammate Tanner Foust was less happy, after failing to make it into the final due to a poor performance in the ‘last chance qualifying’ session and finishing eleventh. “It’s been a season opener with highs and lows,” he said. “The car was fast all day on Saturday, and things were still looking good for us on Sunday morning too. But unfortunately, a jump in the qualifying session that was slightly too long cost me some precious time. Even so, it’s been impressive to see how much speed we have managed to squeeze out of the Polo thanks to the great cooperation with Volkswagen Motorsport and Andretti Autosport. So just wait until the Beetle lines up to compete!”
The next round of the Global Rallycross season takes place in Austin, Texas (USA), on 07 June.