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Red Bull GRC: Foust leads VW Andretti 1-2 in Ottawa race two

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After Steve Arpin won Saturday’s race one of the weekend for Red Bull Global Rallycross from Ottawa, Tanner Foust struck back in Sunday’s race two. Foust led a Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 1-2, as Scott Speed finished second.

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Tanner Foust claimed the championship lead for the first time in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with a statement victory at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Sunday. Foust, who finished second the day before to local favorite Steve Arpin, used a brilliant launch off the line to claim the victory and close out the doubleheader event, part of the Ottawa 2017 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada.

“What a finish!” Foust said after taking the victory. “There were a lot of familiar faces from yesterday, and I think we made a lot of rallycross fans up here. That’s what it’s all about, showing this great sport to new places. This track was pretty tough, and I’d like to thank BFGoodrich for making some tough tires. I’m incredibly happy—to get a 1-2 for our team out of that is really spectacular.”

Determined to come back from missing Saturday’s final, Scott Speed carried the momentum of the morning’s Big Rig Brewery Pole Award into the heats and semifinals, sweeping his way into the top starting spot in the final. Next to him, teammate Tanner Foust had won the second semifinal, with Mitchell deJong on the outside.

After an aborted start due to a Chris Atkinson rollover, all 10 cars returned to the grid to try again. This time, Foust and deJong would both get the best of Speed off the line to run 1-2-3 in the early stages. deJong would hold off Speed for the first nine-plus laps, but on the final straightaway, Speed pulled forward to take second place by .195 seconds. Ontario native Arpin would fail to finish the race after first-lap contact, dropping him to second in the standings.

In GRC Lites, Cyril Raymond recovered from a pair of disappointing heat results to win his semifinal and take the top starting spot. He used a terrific launch in the final to take an early lead, never looking back on the way to his fourth consecutive victory. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Travis PeCoy nipped Alex Keyes at the finish line to grab second, as the teammates completed the podium.

Unofficial Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa II are as follows:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  6. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  7. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  8. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
  9. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  10. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports

The second half of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season picks up on July 8-9with a brand new event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Tickets are available now at redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Red Bull Global Rallycross Indianapolis can be seen on Sunday, July 9 at 8PM ET on NBCSN.

Red Bull GRC: Arpin wins opening round of Ottawa doubleheader

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The first driver to two wins in Red Bull Global Rallycross’ 2017 season isn’t from one of the three primary manufacturer efforts.

Instead, it’s privateer Steve Arpin, in the fused and new Loenbro Motorsports Ford Fiesta ST, that is one of the Supercars’ smallest teams and has continued to overachieve.

Arpin, who won his first race of the season in race two at Thompson Raceway Park a couple weeks ago, has now won the first of two races in Red Bull GRC’s maiden trip to Canada, in Ottawa at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Even cooler for Arpin is that he wins in his home country; he was born in Fort Francis, Ontario.

Arpin rocketed away from the start in his No. 00 JCB Ford and was never headed in the 10-lap final.

In one of the two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Volkswagen Beetle GRCs, Tanner Foust made it through to second in his No. 34 Rockstar Energy car, after using his Joker lap on the last lap to end just 1.445 seconds behind Arpin.

Mitchell DeJong was third in his No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe, with the past GRC Lites champion making his second Supercars podium appearance. He was third at Thompson, race one.

Chris Atkinson in his No. 55 Subaru and Austin Dyne in his No. 14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Ford completed an abnormal top-five result, ahead of Sebastian Eriksson, Cabot Bigham and Oliver Eriksson.

Neither Patrik Sandell nor Scott Speed was able to start the final.

Race two of the weekend airs Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

Red Bull GRC: After four winners in four races, who conquers Canada?

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Red Bull Global Rallycross heads north of the border for its first Canadian race in its history this weekend. The trip to Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum is part of the Ottawa 2017 calendar, a year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

You can see both Rounds 5 and 6 on the NBC Sports Group networks. Saturday’s Round 5 airs at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and Sunday’s Round 6 airs at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

It’s an important event for Red Bull GRC as it makes its debut in Canada, to showcase the talent and potential of the Supercars and GRC Lites fields.

Asked earlier this year what his favorite event to look forward to in his Supercars debut season, GRC Lites champion Cabot Bigham of Bryan Herta Rallysport said Canada is it.

“For Canada, it’ll be my first time ever leaving the country to race… I guess except (Las) Vegas for an international conference!” Bigham laughed, speaking to NBC Sports pre-season. “But going to Canada will be really cool in general for us and for GRC.”

Bigham isn’t a winner yet this year but there’s been no shortage of variety at the top of the GRC charts, as four drivers from three teams and three manufacturers have won so far this season.

Between Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Memphis), Sebastian Eriksson (Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, Louisville), Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Thompson 1) and Steve Arpin (Loenbro Motorsports Ford, Thompson 2), it’s been a year where no one driver has dominated and parity has reigned.

Just 20 points separate Speed (288 points), Foust (269) and Arpin (268) heading to the second doubleheader weekend of the year, and the weekend that brings Red Bull GRC’s 2017 campaign to its halfway point.

Honda’s trio of Mitchell DeJong (244), Sebastian Eriksson (215) and Oliver Eriksson (203) are also within striking range. DeJong scored his first Supercars podium at Thompson race one while Oliver Eriksson has a best finish of fourth in the finals.

Bigham has a best finish of sixth and sits seventh in points. Subaru Rally Team USA finally got a double top-five at Thompson race two, with Chris Atkinson on the podium in third and Patrik Sandell in fifth.

The 0.762-mile course is linked below.

Red Bull GRC: Arpin wins his first race this year at Thompson

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Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports added their names to the winners list in Red Bull Global Rallycross’ 2017 season, joining the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust and Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE’s Sebastian Eriksson.

The driver of the No. 00 Ford Fiesta ST has looked close to breaking through this year and finally did so Sunday at Thompson Speedway in Round 4 of the season, picking up the lead after Foust crashed in the dirt section.

The win is Arpin’s second in GRC after his first came at Daytona last year. This is also the first win for the new Loenbro team, which fused into that name after previously operating under the Chip Ganassi Rallycross name.

Speed was second while Subaru got on the podium for the first time this year with Chris Atkinson third in the No. 55 Subaru WRX-STi. With Mitchell DeJong in fourth for Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, it made it four manufacturers in the top four positions.

Olsbergs MSE X Forces driver Cyril Raymond swept the weekend in GRC Lites.

VIEW: Photos from Thompson

Full Supercar results from Sunday’s Red Bull GRC New England II are as follows:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  4. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  7. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  8. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  9. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

Red Bull GRC: Best of Thompson race one, Saturday (PHOTOS)

All photos: Ryan DeCosta
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Red Bull Global Rallycross hits Thompson Speedway in Connecticut this weekend for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2017 season.

You can see the fourth round of the season today at 5 p.m. ET on NBC, with Kevin Lee, Anders Krohn and Will Christien on the call (stream link here via NBC Sports App).

On Saturday, NASCAR on NBC social media community manager Ryan DeCosta was on site for the opening round of the weekend and grabbed a good selection of photos.

Here’s a roundup of those, below (All Photos: Ryan DeCosta):

Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC leads Austin Dyne, No. 14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Ford Fiesta ST
From left to right: Chris Atkinson, No. 55 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru WRX-STi, Sebastian Eriksson, No. 93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe, Cabot Bigham, No. 2 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST, Steve Arpin, No. 00 Loenbro Motorsports Ford Fiesta ST
Sebastian Eriksson, No. 93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Mitchell DeJong, No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Mitchell DeJong, No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Cyril Raymond, No. 13 Olsbergs MSE X Forces (GRC Lites)
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC
Scott Speed, No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle GRC, Cabot Bigham, No. 2 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
Quiet track at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut.