Global Rallycross Championship: Sandell on the top spot in Detroit


July 27, 2015
Marijan Malcevic


Sweden’s Patrik Sandell (Bryan Herta Rallysport) earned the first win of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship season on Sunday, in the second of two exciting races in the Detroit doubleheader held this weekend on the streets of Belle Isle. Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross) and Sebastian Eriksson (Red Bull Olsbergs MSE) finished second and third.

Sunday’s win was the perfect comeback for the Sandell, who had suffered a driveshaft failure a day earlier, handing his first shot at victory this weekend to rival Ken Block. The win is Bryan Herta Rallysport’s first Supercar win since the team joined the Red Bull GRC at the start of 2015.

“We have a fantastic car. My team has put together the perfect package for me, and we’ve been able to deliver speed for a while, but we hadn’t been able to get to the finish. Yesterday we had a problem with the car and retired in the final, but today Bryan Herta and his guys just put everything together for me. I’m so happy for them—this victory is dedicated to them,” said Sandell.

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Sunday’s final race had to restart after a red flag halted competition when Block, Sandell and Tanner Foust made contact between turns one and two, leaving Foust’s disabled vehicle sitting in the racing line and bringing out the red flag.

Block was issued a penalty for rough driving and sent to the back of the grid for the restart. On the other hand, Foust was unable to restart. On the second run at the final, the race saw a duel between Sandell and Speed off the start and when Sandell took the joker on the first lap, he claimed the lead and never relinquished it.

In the GRC Lites class, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Miles Maroney had a winning weekend. The rookie GRC Lites driver took his career’s first win on Sunday, following up on a runners-up result that he managed a day earlier. He beat AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez in a photo finish, taking the win by 0.161 seconds. Austin Cindric of Olsbergs MSE took third spot and moved into the championship lead.

 

Photo: www.redbullglobalrallycross.com

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