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IN BRIEF: In front of numerous local fans cheering him on, Conner Martell gave DirtFish Motorsports a hometown victory in Saturday’s GRC Lites final at Evergreen Speedway. After a scrum in the dirt midway through the main event, Olsbergs MSE X Forces drivers Oliver Eriksson and Miki Weckstrom climbed to second and third to complete the podium.

HEAT RECAPS: Martell dominated from start to finish on the weekend, winning the pole and sweeping both of his heats. Tanner Whitten won the other first-round heat, but a chaotic second-round session saw Eriksson grab the other victory on offer. An early incident in the last chance qualifier took out series newcomers James Rimmer and Scott Anderson, allowing Travis PeCoy to lead all four remaining drivers into the final.

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MAIN EVENT RECAP: Like clockwork, Martell pounced into the lead at the start of the final, with many of the series’ top drivers behind him. The AF Racing Team duo of Christian Brooks and PeCoy, Eriksson, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Whitten and Cabot Bigham found themselves shuffling around in the top six spots.

But before most drivers could truly settle in, an incident in Turn 2 shuffled the entire pack. Contact between Brooks, Bigham, and PeCoy left the first two drivers stranded in the dirt and ended PeCoy’s hopes of a second straight podium, while Whitten also fell out of the running with damage. As Martell continued extending his advantage, Eriksson inherited and held onto second, while Weckstrom used his Joker Lap to climb to third.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

  1. Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports
  2. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  3. Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  4. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing Team
  5. Cole Keatts, #53 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  6. Travis PeCoy, #3 AF Racing Team
  7. Jon Bennett, #54 CORE autosport
  8. Tanner Whitten, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  9. Christian Brooks, #44 AF Racing Team
  10. Cabot Bigham, #2 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  11. Scott Anderson, #56 CORE autosport
  12. James Rimmer, #25 DirtFish Motorsports

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QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports: “This track fit me really well. We did some testing here before the year started, and I’m a dirt kind of guy, so it was pretty good. This win means more than anything—it’s awesome to have everybody here from DirtFish. Thanks so much to everybody for coming out!”

Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “I have to thank my team at OMSE for giving me a chance to win, thank you guys. The track was so rough, but we got second, and we’re heading into Los Angeles with the points lead, so I’m stoked!”

Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “First of all, thank you everybody for coming here this weekend! You’ve been the best crowd we had the whole season. After all the setbacks we had during the weekend, starting last in my semifinal, and dealing with the challenging weather conditions, third is what we ended up with. I’m still fighting for the championship so it’s going to be two intense days in the LA finale.”

 

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FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

  • Conner Martell took his second victory of the 2016 GRC Lites season, and the second of his career, at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday.
  • Oliver Eriksson earned his fifth podium of 2016 by finishing second in the main event. Eriksson is now the Lites points leader for the first time since clinching the championship in last year’s season finale.
  • Miki Weckstrom’s third place finish was his sixth podium of 2016. No driver in the Lites class has more podium finishes than the Finnish rookie.
  • Cole Keatts made the first main event appearance of his Lites career, earning a season-best fifth-place finish to put all three Olsbergs MSE X Forces cars in the top five.
  • Tanner Whitten missed the Lites podium for the first time in his four starts in 2016 by placing eighth on in the main event. Whitten ran as high as third in the final before pulling off course with damage.
  • Cabot Bigham posted his first DNF of 2016 with a 10th place finish on Saturday.
  • Drivers Scott Anderson (CORE autosport) and James Rimmer (DirtFish Motorsports) made their Lites debuts in Seattle. Both drivers missed the main event after an incident in the last chance qualifier.

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    UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

    1. Oliver Eriksson, 378*
    2. Cabot Bigham, 353*
    3. Miki Weckstrom, 349*
    4. Conner Martell, 327*
    5. Christian Brooks, 226
    6. Travis PeCoy, 205
    7. Alejandro Fernandez, 194
    8. Tanner Whitten, 188
    9. Alex Keyes, 178
    10. Colin Braun, 106
    11. Collete Davis, 94
    12. Parker Chase, 85
    13. Harry Gottsacker, 85
    14. Trenton Estep, 57
    15. Blake “Bilko” Williams, 55
    16. Jon Bennett, 51
    17. Cole Keatts, 47
    18. Sandra Hultgren, 36
    19. Preston Murray, 33
    20. Scott Anderson, 5
    21. Nur Ali, 3
    22. James Rimmer, 2

    *mathematically eligible for championship

    Photo credit: Larry Chen

    Source :  redbullglobalrallycross.com