IN BRIEF: Alex Keyes rebounded from a disappointing home race weekend in Detroit to win his second GRC Lites race of the season in Washington DC. As he did at MCAS New River during his first win, he held off a hard-charging Oliver Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE for the victory; Keyes’ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammate Miles Maroney placed third to grab the Supercar points lead.
HEAT RECAPS: Oliver Eriksson and Alex Keyes qualified first and second on Friday, establishing lane choice in the first round of heats that they would never relinquish. Both drivers won both of their heats to earn front-row starting spots for the main event. All 10 competitors advanced directly to the main event based on their second round heat finishing position.
MAIN EVENT RECAP: In the charge to the first corner, Keyes held pace with Eriksson through the first left-hand turn, established positioning on outside front row starter Austin Cindric in the next right-hand corner, and managed to pull ahead of Eriksson from there. That was all Keyes needed, as he gradually extended his lead over the pair of Olsbergs MSE drivers.
As the eight-lap final claimed championship competitors one by one, with Collete Davis pulling off track with mechanical trouble and Tanner Whitten and incoming points leader Cindric both suffering damage, Miles Maroney slotted into third and Alejandro Fernandez moved up to fourth. Neither driver could catch the top two runners, but both earned valuable championship points.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC presented by Volkswagen, the seventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
1- Alex Keyes, #61 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2- Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE
3- Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
4- Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
5- Joachim Hvaal, #99 Olsbergs MSE
6- Blas Zapag, #69 Rhys Millen Racing
7- Nur Ali, #42 AF Racing
8- Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
9- Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports
10-Collete Davis, #07 River Racing
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC presented by Volkswagen, the seventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
Alex Keyes, Driver, #61 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “I think a lot of our success is my background. (My driver coach) Buddy Rice came out of the Lynx Racing academy and I came out of there, and that gave me a good combination. We came here, we were able to win it together and be fast. We’ve had bad luck last week in Detroit, I had a ninth and in the second day I didn’t even finish the race, but it’s nice to come back here and do what we did in New River and come out with a win.”
Oliver Eriksson, Driver, #16 Olsbergs MSE: “Throughout the weekend, it looked like it would be between me and Keyes. In the start of the final he got ahead of us and I just couldn’t keep up. But I’m happy with second place.”
Miles Maroney, Driver, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “Yeah, we’ve had a rough weekend all weekend, I didn’t finish either of the heats so we started in the back in the final, so yeah, to get back up here was pretty special. It’s been a lot of work in the final, we’ve had a fast car all weekend, the team worked really hard and I’m just happy to be here leading the points going home to LA.”
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC presented by Volkswagen, the seventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
Alex Keyes won his second career GRC Lites main event in his sixth start of the 2015 season. Keyes has won both of his finals this year in single-race event weekends.
Oliver Eriksson earned his fourth podium of the 2015 season on Saturday. He placed second in Fort Lauderdale, first in Daytona I, and second at MCAS New River.
With Miles Maroney’s third place finish, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing placed both of its drivers on the podium of a GRC Lites race for the first time in the 2015 season. Team owner Dennis Reinbold is also a partner in the SH Racing Rallycross program, which won the Supercar final with Nelson Piquet Jr. on Saturday as well.
GRC Lites newcomers Joachim Hvaal and Blas Zapag finished fifth and sixth in the main event on Saturday, respectively. Hvaal is an experienced Lites driver from Europe, while Zapag was making his debut in the class after multiple years of successful runs in stage rally in his native Paraguay.
OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
1- Miles Maroney, 284
2- Alejandro Fernandez, 282
3- Oliver Eriksson, 267
4- Austin Cindric, 266
5- Tanner Whitten, 243
6- Alex Keyes, 187
7- Nur Ali, 143
8- Harry Cheung, 98
9- Collete Davis, 88
10-Geoff Sykes, 62
11-Brian Wong, 53
12-Jackie Heinricher, 45
13-Gavin Harlien, 36
14-Joachim Hvaal, 32
15-Blas Zapag, 27
16-Conner Martell, 22
17-Duncker Felix Jr., 7
Photo credit: Larry Chen/Louis Yio
Source : redbullglobalrallycross.com