Photo courtesy of SH Rallycross
This weekend, the Red Bull GRC Race series raced into the Dirt Fish Rally School for Round 9. Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the 315-acre training facility at Dirt Fish holds a special place in many of the GRC drivers' hearts.
It was a muddy practice session, as typical northwestern weather kept the track damp for the duration of practice. Finishing out practice in the 4th position (P4), Nelson Piquet, Jr. and the SH Racing team were positive that the momentum would carry over to qualifying and the final race.
However, a flat tire during qualifying put Piquet in P7 at the start of the race. Due to a pushed-back schedule on Friday, this weekend’s event followed the same format as the second half of the Los Angeles doubleheader, with one round of heats and the semifinals paying points.
Due to the modified schedule, there was only a single heat race, in which Nelson finished P2. The semis would pay the normal points given to the heat race winners. In the semis, Nelson sailed through with a second position finish and a ticket straight to the finals.
Piquet started the final Red Bull GRC Race in P4 thanks to his great finishing position in the Semis. The final proved to be a fight to the finish with fellow Ford driver Brian Deegan for the final podium position. The team fought hard throughout the final, but wasn’t able to wrestle the position away from the former motocross star. In the end, they were able to hold on to their starting 4th position.
For the 3rd straight year, the bright lights of Las Vegas mark the conclusion of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Going into the last round of the season, Piquet is in 3rd position in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship standings. He sits 16 points behind Ken Block and 28 points behind Joni Wiman, who is currently leading the series points championship.
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