Red Bull Global Rallycross begins 2014 season this weekend in Barbados

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The gentle waves, the cool ocean breeze, the warm sunshine – Barbados can be quite a serene place.

But not this weekend.

The Red Bull Global Rallycross contingent is visiting the Caribbean island for business, not pleasure. Well, maybe a little pleasure…But not until after their season-opener, which is part of the Top Gear Festival Barbados at Bushy Park Circuit.

The GRC event is part of a jam-packed two day party that will feature – among other things – hordes of supercars, Formula One demonstrations from Lewis Hamilton, and the usual Top Gear cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and the man that lets his right foot do the talking – The Stig.

You can watch the race on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC will air most of the GRC races this season (primarily live), with re-airs on NBCSN, the NBC Sports Network.

Plenty of talent will be on the GRC grid this year, and their accomplishments speak for themselves.

Perhaps the one driver that jumps out for most American race fans is Scott Speed, the former F1 and NASCAR racer that’s teamed with two-time GRC champ Tanner Foust at Andretti Autosport.

Another major name is Ken Block, who won the GRC season finale last year in Las Vegas and has become an icon to millions of young action sports aficionados thanks in part to his electrifying series of Gymkhana driving videos.

This season’s driver roster also features Emma Gilmour, the first female competitor in GRC history that’s driving for and teaming with former Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record holder Rhys Millen.

Also ready to rock and roll are drivers such as Nelson Piquet Jr., who like Speed, also has experience in the F1 and NASCAR worlds; Sverre Isachsen, a multi-time rallycross champion in Europe; former NASCAR K&N Series veteran Austin Dyne; and Bucky Lasek, a X Games skateboarding legend that’s entering his third GRC campaign after winning the series’ 2013 sportsmanship award.

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Schedule

May 18 – Top Gear Festival Barbados (May 24, 1 p.m. ET on NBC)

June 7 – X Games Austin (check local listings)

June 22 – Volkswagen Rallycross DC (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

July 20 – New York, NY (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

July 26 – Charlotte, NC (LIVE, 3 p.m. ET on NBC)

Aug. 3 – Detroit, MI (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

Aug. 23 – Daytona Beach, FL (LIVE, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Sept. 20 – Los Angeles, CA (LIVE, 5 p.m. ET on NBC)

Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA (Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Nov. 5 – Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 16, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

Red Bull Global Rallycross Drivers/Teams

Supercars

00-Steve Arpin (CAN), Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta ST

04-Sarah Burgess (AUS), BMI Racing Chevrolet Sonic

07-Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST

11-Sverre Isachsen (NOR), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

14-Austin Dyne (USA), Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta ST

18-Patrik Sandell (SWE), Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

27-Emma Gilmour (NZL), Rhys Miller Racing Hyundai Veloster

31-Joni Wiman (FIN), Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

34-Tanner Foust (USA), Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Polo

38-Brian Deegan (USA), Ford Fiesta ST

43-Ken Block (USA), Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST

59-Pat Moro (USA), Chevrolet Sonic Racing/PMR Motorsports

67-Rhys Millen (USA), Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster

77-Scott Speed (USA), Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Polo

81-Bucky Lasek (USA), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

199-Travis Pastrana (USA), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

GRC Lites

24-Mitchell Dejong (USA, Olsbergs MSE), 39-Kevin Ericsson (SWE, Olsbergs MSE), 60-Tyler Benson (USA, Rhys Miller Racing), 65-Geoff Sykes (USA, Team TBA), 77-Austin Cindric (USA, Go Puck/Nightrain), 79-Blake Fuller (USA, Go Puck/Nightrain), 88-Harry Cheung (USA, Cohesive Front Racing), 126-Alejandro Fernandez (COL, Olsbergs MSE).

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.