Look, we at Red Bull Global Rallycross are huge fans of stage rally, just like you. We're well-versed in the heritage of the sport (especially the Group B era) and we love kicking up dirt in the woods just as much as you do. That's why we're so excited to bring you these photos (all taken by official series photographer Alison Padron) from last weekend's round at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA, of our 600hp Supercars doing just that.
Here's the scoop: as you may or may not know, the DirtFish grounds are home not only to that really cool building you saw our cars race through (seen above), but 315 acres of rally stages and other goodness. On Thursday, we decided to put that goodness to good use—instead of taking media members for ride-alongs on the .793-mile Red Bull GRC course, we had a group of our drivers take them through the rally stages out back.
Almost everybody driving had significant stage rally experience. Ken Block's exploits in a rally car are well-known the world over, and it was no surprise that he felt at home in the woods in DirtFish. "I really love this place—I've actually been here several times testing for stage rally, so I know it pretty well," Block said before the race, and qualifying first and winning both of his heats certainly proved it.
Hyundai teammates Rhys Millen and Emma Gilmour were a perfect fit for the DirtFish terrain as well. Gilmour, in fact, competed concurrently in the New Zealand Rally Championship this year with her own team, in a championship where she has taken second in the standings three times. Millen is one of the faces of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and a longtime stage rally competitor, battling David Higgins for championships in the early 2000s.
Speaking of Higgins, he raced with us last week, not long after taking his sixth career American rally title. In his first Red Bull GRC start since 2012, the Isle of Man native finished eighth overall for Subaru Rally Team USA, which took its first-ever series victory at DirtFish with Sverre Isachsen behind the wheel.
Even Scott Speed, whose background is far more pavement-centric with stints in Formula 1 and NASCAR, managed to log some time on the back roads of Snoqualmie.
When our drivers finally got to the purpose-built rallycross course, they still got to rip through the dirt with the picturesque Mount Si in the background. Here's a shot of newly crowned GRC Lites champion Mitchell DeJong on the way to his record-tying sixth victory of the 2014 season.
Last, but certainly not least, Tanner Foust took his brand-new Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle out for some fun in the mud on Thursday as well. Check out this clip, courtesy of Sippy from the Red Bull GRC Safety Team, of our two-time champion doing what he does best:
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