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GRC Lites Race Preview: X Games Los Angeles

IN BRIEF: GRC Lites will make their X Games debut at Irwindale Event Center, marking the halfway point of the series’ inaugural 2013 season.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

  • Sunday, August 4, 3:45 PM ET on ESPN 3

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the full entry list.

LAST RACE: Joni Wiman survived an action-packed finale at Bristol, avoiding an accident that sent Kevin Eriksson on his roof and gave Sebastian Eriksson terminal damage. As the only driver on the front row for the restart, Wiman coasted to an easy victory over Austin Dyne and Alexander Westlund.

THE TRACK: The layout for X Games Los Angeles at Irwindale Event Center is much different than the one that GRC used in its inaugural race at the track in 2011. The eight-turn course begins with a sweeping banked turn, as in Bristol, before ducking into the infield and negotiating a tight dirt section.

ROOM FOR ONE MORE: Lativan driver Reinis Nitiss will make his GRC Lites debut on Sunday, driving the #15 car. Racing with Set Promotion in the European Super1600 championship, Nitiss has three victories in six starts this season, giving him the points lead with three races remaining in the season.

PEDAL FOR THE MEDAL: X Games Los Angeles will represent the only opportunity for GRC Lites drivers to earn an X Games medal this season. None of the drivers competing have any X Games experience, meaning that the event winner will score gold in their very first attempt.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of Sunday’s GRC Lites event at X Games Los Angeles:

Geoff Sykes, Driver, #65 OlsbergsMSE GRC Lites: I’m stoked on being at X Games. I always went to the events as a kid, through Southern California, San Francisco, and back to LA. I’ve always followed it, always gone just to watch, and now to be in a competition is pretty surreal. Not only that, but for it to be in my backyard, and to be a part of the last X Games in LA, is one of the biggest things for me. The course is going to be interesting, because we don’t get to see it until pretty much the day of the race thanks to the schedule. I think it’s going to be interesting to learn the course so fast. It’s all going to happen all at once, and it’s going to add into the energy of everything.

Mitchell deJong, Driver, #24 OlsbergsMSE GRC Lites: I’m really looking forward to this race. This is where I first saw rally, and it’s pretty surreal to actually race it now. It’s a pretty prestigious event. I’m very thankful to be here. This season, we’ve had our struggles, but hopefully we’ve got our bad races out of the way. It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been a good learning year so far.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Joni Wiman, 42
  2. Sebastian Eriksson, 30
  3. Austin Dyne, 28
  4. Kevin Eriksson, 28
  5. Alexander Westlund, 28

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

GRC Lites Race Recap: Bristol Motor Speedway

IN BRIEF: For the second time in a row, Joni Wiman won a GRC Lites event, this time at Bristol Motor Speedway. He beat Austin Dyne and Alexander Westlund to secure the victory.

HEAT RECAPS: GRC Lites ran a total of four heat races, two per group, and each had a different winner. Sebastian Eriksson and Westlund won the first pair of heats, run on Friday, while Wiman and Kevin Eriksson won the second pair. Sebastian Eriksson and Westlund finished second in the second heats, allowing them to move onto the final, and Geoff Sykes and Dyne advanced via the last chance qualifier.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: The six-lap final had to be reset after a scary accident that saw Kevin Eriksson land on his roof heading out of the track’s gravel section; neither he nor Sebastian Eriksson would return to the track when the race was restarted.

The race would be resumed with all drivers in their original starting spots, meaning Wiman was the only driver on the front row. He would have a clean start, allowing him to easily put distance on the field. With nobody ahead of him, Dyne had a clear lane and drove a clean race to score second place.

RESULTS: The results from GRC Lites at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. Joni Wiman, #93
  2. Austin Dyne, #99
  3. Alexander Westlund, #55
  4. Geoff Sykes, #65
  5. Sebastian Eriksson, #37
  6. Kevin Eriksson, #39
  7. Harry Cheung, #88
  8. Halid Avdagic, #4
  9. Mitchell deJong, #24

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Joni Wiman, 42
  2. Sebastian Eriksson, 30
  3. Austin Dyne, 28
  4. Alexander Westlund, 28
  5. Kevin Eriksson, 28
  6. Geoffrey Sykes, 22
  7. Mitchell deJong, 21
  8. Halid Avdagic, 19
  9. Harry Cheung, 18

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

GRC Lites: Meet the Drivers

GRC Lites, the new class of Global Rallycross, is designed to emphasize the talents of young drivers looking to become the next rallycross superstar. Nine drivers will race in the series’ inaugural event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday, the first event of a six race schedule that will take the spec-built series across the United States.

For fans who are looking to get familiar with the drivers in advance of the first race, here’s a quick primer:

Team Set Promotion Aiming at GRC Lites Success

Turku, Finland (June 20, 2013) – Team Set Promotion is excited to announce that it will be competing in the brand-new GRC Lites category of Global Rallycross.

Working in conjunction with Olsbergs MSE, from their headquarters in Los Angeles, Team Set Promotion will be fielding three cars, driven by European  RallycrossRX Super1600 and Swedish Folkrace front runners Joni Wiman, (19, Finland), Kevin Eriksson (16, Sweden) and Alexander Westlund (18, Sweden).

Designed as a companion series to GRC Supercars, for up and coming younger drivers, GRC Lites will be at every US-based Global Rallycross event of the 2013 season, including X Games Los Angeles. Featuring strictly-controlled specification vehicles, the new series is designed specifically as an affordable platform to showcase the talent of emerging young drivers. Producing 310 horsepower, GRC Lite cars are powered by naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engines and feature all-wheel drive and sequential gearboxes.

“It’s exactly what we need at this moment,” said team manager Jussi Pinomäki. “We have a vision where we want to take our team within the next two years and this is the first step toward that goal. We have been heavily involved in the Super1600 category, running many cars, and I think this is the right moment for something new. At the same time Rallycross as a sport is also growing, and it’s amazing to be a part of it at such an early stage.

“We have put together a great line-up of three young, really talented drivers, so I’m really excited to jump into this. Also my whole team is really excited as they have been doing the same thing for quite a few years, and now they have a real opportunity of a fresh challenge,  to experience something new show that we are more than just a Super1600 Team.

“Kevin and Alexander have a similar background racing in Sweden, they have been racing in a national class called Folkrace. It’s an entry level class where the cars are more or less standard – just with roll cages and a few safety features. It’s a really good training ground for drivers as it’s a level playing field and you really have to drive the cars inch perfect to get the best out of them. Obviously I have also been working with Kevin and Joni in Super1600 as well, so if Alexander is as fast as I know Kevin and Joni are, it’s going to be an interesting season. With all three drivers pushing each other it’s exactly what the guys need, and going to help improve the whole team.

“We’ve been working with Olsbergs MSE for a little while, and talking with them since last fall, and slowly the pieces started to fall into place. After the new year the started to come together, and now we are just a few weeks away from the first race in Loudon (NH). It’s going to be a great experience, not just for the team, but for the drivers as well. It’ll be the first time with the new car, and in front of the huge crowds – I can’t wait.”