X Games Rallycross – More Cars and a Better Track

The Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to X-Games this weekend, but this year not as part of the championship.  X-Games with its invitational entrants and often risky medal hungry on track behavior has been converted to an exhibition round for the Red Bull GRC.  Even though the points don’t matter for the championship, winning an X-Games medal is always high on the list for every driver.


For those of you that watched round 1 of the Red Bull GRC last weekend, you’ll be happy to know that the track in Austin is much, much, …much better.  Ft. Lauderdale’s 0.4 mile course (and I’m not sure it was even that big) was no larger than most Go-Kart tracks.  The amount of “dirt” was simply a small sandbox at the end otlf the jump, and offered none of the dirt flinging fun GRC is normally known for.  The narrow design with short point and squirt straights offered little to no opportunities for passing.  Quite honestly, it was one of the worst track designs they’ve had yet.  It was very disappointing considering the improvements they made in the tracks throughout last season.


Austin on the other hand has the distance in the sweet spot in my opinion (0.57 miles) and it appears to be wide.  I’m still a bit concerned about turn 1 calamity, but it is a wide turn with multiple entry angles possible.  It is X-Games though, and unfortunately that often means cool heads will be lacking.  The amount of dirt looks good with it actually being in places that will require proper off-road driving skill.  Also the track sees the return of the dirt Gap Jump which was one of the hallmarks of GRC a few years ago.


The list of entrants at X-Games brings more than just the standard Red Bull GRC competitors.  It also includes some FIA World Rallycross Championship guests.  The “British Bomb” Liam Doran who’s now teammates with WRC and WRX Champion Petter Solberg, will be returning this year.  Doran will be driving a SDRX Citroen, and we know how strong Citroens are at X-Games after Loeb dominated a few years ago.  Also from the WRX is Andreas Bakkerud who will be in a Ford Fiesta ST GRC.  Other drivers of note are the return of Travis Pastrana in the Subaru, and Pat Moro brings along the further developed Chevy Sonic.

No. Driver Hometown Team
00 Steve Arpin Fort Frances, ON Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
07 Andreas Bakkerud Bergen, NOR SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
11 Sverre Isachsen Hokksund, NOR Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
14 Austin Dyne Los Angeles, CA Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
18 Patrik Sandell Ostersund, SWE Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
31 Joni Wiman Pohja, FIN Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
33 Liam Doran Kent, GBR SDRX Citroen DS3
34 Tanner Foust Denver, CO Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
38 Brian Deegan Omaha, NE Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
41 Scott Speed Mt. Holly, NC Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
43 Ken Block Park City, UT Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
59 Pat Moro Dublin, OH PMR Motorsports Chevrolet Sonic
81 Bucky Lasek Dundalk, MD Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
93 Sebastian Eriksson (R) Hagfors, SWE Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
99 Victor Gonzalez (R) San Juan, PR Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
199 Travis Pastrana Annapolis, MD Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI


X-Games, much like the Olympics, is hard to snag a single event, so be sure to follow Red Bull GRC this weekend on Twitter to see when the event goes live on TV.

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