Flying dust and the roar of engines filled the air above and around a nearly full-mile track set up outside of RFK Stadium. Motocross enthusiasts from around the DMV gathered for the second Red Bull Global RallyCross in history, excitedly watching as drivers from around the world raced to place in Round 7 of 12 that would confer the titles of GRC Lite and Supercar Round 7 race winners.
Although D.C. was but a stop on a journey that would take the racers to a final race in Las Vegas in November, it was definitely not an event that would filter into a blip in the motocross history books.
The GRC Lites saw Alex Keyes, #61, prove his resilience while winning for the second time this season, leaving Oliver Erickkson, #16, in the dust – an anticipated occurrence after they both placed first in the Heats (where they secured their front-of-the-line places for the main races on Saturday). His teammate Miles Maroney, #24, snagged third when he won the final GRC Lite race, giving Dreyer & Reinbold the Supercar points lead. Despite the wins, Miles Maroney is leading the GRC Lites with 284 driver points with Alejandro Fernandez coming in at a close second with 282 points.
The GRC Heat on Friday held the crowd with a few surprises as Scott Speed, #41, clocked in at the fastest time, winning the last chance qualifier. Jeff Ward, #360, and Nelson Piquet, Jr., #07, won the first round, with Joni Wiman, #31, claiming the second alongside Piquet who wowed fans with a burst of energy in the last lap, but Piquet and Patrik Sandell, #18, ultimately won their semifinals, gaining coveted starting positions in Saturday’s main race.
Three drivers vied for the lead, allowing their competition to dominate the first half of the race. Ken Block, #43, Tanner Foust, #34, and Steve Arpin, #00, thought that they had secured the day – little were they aware of the Sandell’s steady lean on Piquet. At one point, Sandell nicked the rear of Piquet’s fender, causing a tire rub, but not deterring the racer from focusing on getting ahead – which he did, winning the race for the first time in a Supercar main event. Yet and still, Block comfortably leads the Supercar drivers with 302 points with Erikkson 41 points behind.
The fun is nowhere near over – the next race will be on September 12 in Los Angeles, CA, and will be viewed live on NBC.
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