Joni Wiman captures 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross title in Las Vegas

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No wins? No problem.

Needing a second-place finish in tonight’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at The LINQ in Las Vegas to capture the 2014 championship, rookie Joni Wiman got the job done with a runner-up performance behind race winner and title rival Ken Block.

The full final will be broadcast on your local NBC station and NBC Sports Live Extra for online/mobile devices on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Wiman, driver of the No. 31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, did not earn a single race win this season but earned the title by a mere five points over the Head Hoonigan In Charge.

But Block proved quite gracious in defeat. After Wiman climbed to the top of his car with fists in the air, Block saluted the new champion by doing donuts around him in his No. 43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford.

“I’m so happy for the team,” an exhausted but joyful Wiman said afterwards on tonight’s live-stream broadcast. “Everybody has worked hard. We’ve been believing in what we can do. My goal was to finish behind Ken, and I did. I feel like I have no legs right now.”

The 10-lap final was just a few seconds old when Scott Speed, the other title contender in the main event, made contact with Bucky Lasek going into Turn 1 while Block held the holeshot on the inside. Speed and Lasek went skidding into the tire barriers, and the race was red-flagged.

Both Speed and Lasek were able to return for the restart (Speed had to take that from the back row by order of Race Control), which saw Block take the holeshot and Wiman fall to third behind him and Lasek.

An undaunted Speed roared from the back and was up to fourth before taking the joker and moving to third past Wiman at the end of the opening lap. At that point, race leader Block was in position to win the title.

But on the fourth lap, Wiman decided to take the joker himself and got out ahead of both Lasek and Speed to move into second place.

“I didn’t get the call to do the joker, but I saw that I might have an opportunity to do it,” Wiman said.

That move on his part swung the championship back in his corner. Lasek and Speed initially hounded him for the runner-up spot, but Wiman ultimately got away from them.

And that was basically that. Block picked up his second victory of the season by almost a margin of three seconds, but Wiman, with his fifth podium finish and his fourth such finish in as many races, clinched the title.

“Unfortunately with the way the points were, no matter how well I did, it was kind of fate with whatever happened with Joni,” Block said. “He did a good job. He put himself in the right position – if he had been one more [spot] back, I would’ve won the championship.

“It is what it is. Myself, my team, we put in 100 percent. We did everything we could to win. I led every lap and it just wasn’t enough. But that’s racing.”

Lasek ended his 2014 campaign with his third podium of the year, while Speed finished fourth and secured third place in the standings at 37 points behind Wiman. Sverre Isachsen completed tonight’s Top 5 finishers, while Emma Gilmour finished seventh after becoming the first female in GRC history to make a Supercar main event following her advance out of the Last Chance Qualifier.

Nelson Piquet Jr., the fourth title contender going into Vegas, did not make the final after gearbox problems in his semifinal heat caused him to ultimately miss the LCQ. He ends the year fourth in points, 75 markers behind Wiman.

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.