Yesterday marked the opening round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, the Top Gear Festival Barbados. All the action from the weekend’s festivities at the Bushy Park Circuit will be shown this Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. If you don’t want to know who won, and would prefer to wait until the TV broadcast for finding out the full field results, we would advise you read no further.
Andretti Autosport got on the board in the Verizon IndyCar Series a few weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park when Ryan Hunter-Reay won the third race of the year. They got their first win of the new Red Bull Global Rallycross season in the season opener in Barbados, courtesy of Scott Speed in a weekend comeback.
Speed, who drives the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team’s No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo, suffered a mechanical failure in one of the heat races and needed to rebound. But after scoring a win in a later heat race to transfer into the final, he was able to pull off the victory in the race.
“It was an awesome weekend here in Barbados,” Speed said. “We had the speed right away, but with a big mechanical issue in the heat race, we had to come from behind from that point on. The guys did a great job twice, getting the car ready to make qualifying and to make it into the last heat. We were hoping that we were going to win our first time out this season, but it’s really special for everyone at Andretti, Volkswagen, 7UP and United Fiber & Data. We’re all going to celebrate this win!”
Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan rounded out the podium finishers.
Ken Block suffered a barrel roll on the opening lap after hitting a curb. Here’s a picture Block posted to his Instagram page describing the accident, from his vantage point.
Here’s what he wrote: “Here’s the unusual and weird crash sequence from today’s #GlobalRallycross final here in Barbados. Perfectly fine and fighting for the lead one second, and then I’m airborne/upside-down/flying towards the wall the next. So lame to go out on the first round like this, all because of a kerb cut (which other drivers had done as well). But hey, that’s racing. My team and I will be back in full force for the next GRC race. #kerbsgonewild #wentoutswinging”
More information is available via the series website.