JRM MINI RX could be headed to Red Bull GRC

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross championship had a very successful 2014 season, and could be poised to have a marquee sports car team name enter the rally championship in 2015.

JRM – led by the team’s executive director James Rumsey – has acquired several MINI RX cars from Prodrive.

JRM has yet to decide which championship the cars will contest in 2015 but the team plans to announce more details in January.

The MINI RX is derived from the MINI World Rally Car that was originally built for use in the FIA World Rally Championship. The MINI RX utilises the same chassis as the MINI World Rally Car but features an upgraded 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, lightweight body panels and other performance-enhancing modifications that are permitted in rallycross.

“The MINI RX has had a limited number of outings in rallycross up to this point but we believe we’ve got ourselves an extremely competitive package,” Rumsey said in a release.

“The car won on its debut at the X Games with Liam Doran and we know that the chassis and handling characteristics are hugely impressive. We’re delighted that we’ve brought such a fantastic package to JRM and we’re working hard to prepare for the 2015 season.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.