Hey there, Kinjasphere! We’re a week away from heading down to beautiful Barbados for the penultimate round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season, but while you (and we) wait for that, let’s catch you up with some highlights from our most recent race in Los Angeles:
Heading into the weekend, Ken Block had a 41-point lead in the championship over Sebastian Eriksson. But much like last year, when Nelson Piquet Jr. saw a 40-point lead evaporate, the Los Angeles doubleheader provided the field with a chance to capitalize on some bad luck from the points leader; Block missed his first final of the year in race one and fell to ninth in race two with a broken propeller shaft.
But it wasn’t second-place Eriksson, third-place Piquet, or even fourth-place Austin Dyne who used the Port of Los Angeles to make moves. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed, winless since the X Games Austin invitational in June, posted the first perfect 112-point weekend in Red Bull GRC history to slash his deficit from 99 points to 13 and climb to second in points going back to Barbados—a track where he won last year.
Not that returning to a familiar track makes much of a difference to Speed. “You could have a race on the moon and it won’t matter,” he said of defending last year’s victory. “If we do our job right, it’s ours. We’re going to continue focusing on that and let the cards fall where they may.”
Red Bull GRC Barbados will feature the longest track in series history at 1.102 miles, as well as the first GRC Lites round held outside of the United States. The race will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, October 4 at 3:30PM ET, but if you’re up for a last-minute trip to the Caribbean, you can get more info here.
Photo credit: Larry Chen