GRC Lites kick off this weekend alongside Red Bull GRC counterparts

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The emerging Red Bull Global Rallycross series, like any top-level championship, is always looking for its next batch of stars. With the all-spec GRC Lites development division making its first start of the year this weekend at the X Games in Austin, it will provide a first look at 10 potential (well, nine) new drivers who have the potential to move up at year’s end.

Nelson Piquet Jr. will run both in Red Bull GRC and GRC Lites, while the rest of the field looks to advance.

We outlined the Red Bull GRC field ahead of its opener in Barbados three weeks ago. Now here’s a quick primer on the GRC Lites field:

  • DTV Solutions: 6-Geoff Sykes, was P6 in championship last season
  • Piquet Sports: 07-Nelson Piquet Jr., will run both Red Bull GRC and GRC Lites
  • Olsbergs MSE: 24-Mitchell DeJong, just 16, finished P3 in championship last season; 51-Atila Abreu, will run 7/9 rounds; 96-Kevin Eriksson, was P4 in championship last year
  • Cohesive Front Racing: 27-Mark McKenzie, 88-Harry Cheung; pair of Ferrari Challenge veterans
  • Rhys Millen Racing: 60-Tyler Benson, running under tutelage of off-road veteran
  • C4 Motorsports: 77-Austin Cindric, 15, Tim’s son, USF2000 racer; 79-Blake Fuller, Braille Battery founder, racing veteran
  • AD Racing: 98-Colton Herta, 14, Bryan’s son, USF2000 racer, will become youngest driver in series history
  • Olsbergs MSE/AF Racing 126: 126-Alejandro Fernandez, karting veteran, Buddy Rice protege

And here is an Instagram photo posted of all 10 cars on hand in Austin this weekend:

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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