Patrik Sandell finally had a bit of good luck go his way in the fourth Red Bull Global Rallycross round of the season, even if bad luck returned during the final itself.
Sandell ended second at the MCAS New River final round, after leading the opening four laps of the race. He also won a heat race.
Unfortunately, the driver of the No. 18 Kobalt Tools Ford Fiesta ST for Bryan Herta Rallysport lost the lead on the restart when the race was red flagged for Brian Deegan’s accident.
Still, after two DNFs in Daytona and failing to even make the final at Ft. Lauderdale, Sandell might be able to kickstart the rest of his season following this runner-up result.
“The Kobalt Tools team had a great weekend; we were fast all day winning the heat,” Sandell said in a team release. “We were leading the first part of the feature, but unfortunately there was a red flag came out and that’s part of the game sometimes. But we came back strong and got the Kobalt Tools car on the podium!”
Teammate Austin Dyne, who finished second in Round 2 at Daytona, fought through fuel pressure issues on Sunday, but still ended fourth in the No. 14 Castrol MAGNATEC entry.
“The first run it was okay, we struggled to find a fuel pressure problem and were just sputtering and down on power,” he said in a release. “On the start it tried to stall, and I saved it with the clutch. Then it would clear out and run fine. When the red came out and we were in 5th, and that didn’t really help our (engine) problem.”
“We had an awful start, but ended up passing four cars down the backstretch, and ended up in the top three. But we were down quite a bit of power, and just managed to miss the podium with a fourth place finish. Had we had full power, we easily would have podiumed the Castrol MAGNATEC car again.”
The result marks the first double-top five finish for Bryan Herta Rallysport this season.