IN BRIEF: Oliver Eriksson and Tanner Whitten split the two GRC Lites main events at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Eriksson won the Saturday feature for the second year in a row, while Whitten won Sunday’s main event for his first victory of the 2016 season.

SATURDAY RECAP: Polesitter Tanner Whitten and Oliver Eriksson each won both of their heats on Friday to line up on the first row for the main event, with Phoenix I winner Miki Weckstrom alongside them. In a wild start, the only action of the day for the first two rows on Saturday, a wet track forced drivers to adapt quickly to unfamiliar conditions; Eriksson claimed the lead in a fully sideways drift around the outside and never looked back. Multiple drivers traded the remaining podium spots, with Whitten and series newcomer Colin Braun eventually laying claim to second and third.


SUNDAY RECAP: Whitten wouldn’t be denied on Sunday, once again taking the pole and winning both of his heats, while Weckstrom and Eriksson split the other two on offer. A chaotic final saw Braun’s bid for two podiums in two days end early when contact slid him into the tire barriers before the jump, though he continued driving after the incident. Up front, Whitten extended his lead as Eriksson looked to balance the leader in his sights with teammate Weckstrom in his mirrors, and they would cross the line in that order at race’s end.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I), the fourth round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
Tanner Whitten, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Colin Braun, #56 CORE Autosport
Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports
Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing Team
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II), the fifth round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Tanner Whitten, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports
Travis PeCoy, #3 AF Racing Team


QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona, the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Tanner Whitten, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “This win means more than I can possibly express. It has always been a dream of mine, since I was a little kid and on the path to NASCAR, to race here, let alone win here. So to finally get that first win of the year with a new team at the World Center of Racing, means the world to me, especially on Father’s Day. Racing has always been a bond between my father—my whole family—and me. So to have them here and their support means a lot for sure.”

Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “Tanner has done a great job on pushing me to catch up to him. He’s doing great lap times all the time, but I feel like I’m there with some points. We both had some great starts in the (Saturday) final and there was a drag race on the first corner. I knew I had to get out ahead on the first corner and I was outside, so my biggest chance was to outbrake him. I braked,, went in the wet, went sideways and got around him. I don’t really know how—I have to check the videos and stuff, but it was so awesome! I actually thought I was going to spin out, and then I saved it and was in front.”

Colin Braun, #56 CORE Autosport: “GRC was a blast! I am super impressed with the series and the level of competition, but also how quickly these CORE guys put together a strong program. I’m happy I could put it on the podium for them on Saturday. GRC is pretty much a contact sport and sometimes you come out on the bad end of it like we did in the main on Sunday, but we sure showed we had a fast car in the heats and raced well all day! We have a lot to learn, but everyone at CORE is up to the task and we’ll be back and even more prepared at the next one.”

Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports: “This weekend went really well for us. We had some bad luck Friday and Saturday, but we were able to pull off a fourth on Saturday, and we pulled off another fourth on Sunday. It’s really good that we are being consistent and that’s what we need to do to win championships. We’re heading into North Carolina with confidence, and we’re going to be pushing it pretty hard there.”


FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona, the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Oliver Eriksson took the fifth win of his GRC Lites career and his second in a row in Saturday’s Lites final. Eriksson’s Saturday victory also made him the first multiple winner in Red Bull GRC history at Daytona International Speedway.
Tanner Whitten took the second victory of his GRC Lites career and his first win of the season on Sunday. In Whitten’s three starts this season, he has three podium finishes, three poles, and a class-leading six heat wins.
Colin Braun’s podium finish on Saturday made him the second driver in 2016 to earn a podium in his Lites debut (Miki Weckstrom was the other). Braun, a 24 Hours of Daytona class winner in 2014, finished third in his debut. Teammate Jon Bennett also made the main event in Saturday in his first Lites start.
Miki Weckstrom earned his third podium finish of the season by placing third in Sunday’s main event. Weckstrom is tied with teammate Oliver Eriksson for second in class with five heat victories.
Conner Martell earned fourth place finishes on both Saturday and Sunday. Martell now has top five finishes in four of his five starts in 2016.



1 – Oliver Eriksson, 218
2 – Conner Martell, 202
3 – Cabot Bigham, 202
4 – Miki Weckstrom, 177
5 – Tanner Whitten, 165
6 – Christian Brooks, 163
7 – Travis PeCoy, 82
8 – Alejandro Fernandez, 79
9 – Alex Keyes, 71
10 – Collete Davis, 71
11 – Colin Braun, 59
12 – Trenton Estep, 57
13 – Harry Gottsacker, 50
14 – Parker Chase, 43
15 – Preston Murray, 33
16 – Jon Bennett, 14
17 – Cole Keatts, 10
18 – Blake “Bilko” Williams, 5
19 – Nur Ali, 3

Photo credit: Louis Yio

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