Red Bull GRC: Barbados doubleheader crucial to series titles

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross series has its final doubleheader of the season this weekend at Bushy Park in Barbados.

Here is the series’ event preview:

Red Bull Global Rallycross Race Preview: Barbados

IN BRIEF: Bushy Park Circuit returns to the Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule this weekend after a spectacular debut event in 2014, with many familiar faces but a brand new track design. The final doubleheader of the season, Barbados will be a make-or-break weekend for drivers hoping to assert their spot at the top of the Supercar standings.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Sunday, October 4, 3:30PM ET on NBC and liveextra.nbcsports.com

NBC Sports will have a broadcast of this weekend’s Global Rallycross races from Bushy Park, Barbados on Sunday from 3:30-5pm ET on NBC. Fans can see it all in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports Live Extra online at NBCSports.com/LiveExtra, or through the Live Extra app on mobile, tablet and through the Apple TV or Roku connected TV devices.

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LAST RACE: Scott Speed became the all-time Red Bull GRC wins leader with a dominant performance at the Port of Los Angeles, sweeping both main events to jump to second in points. Tanner Foust completed Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ first-ever 1-2 finish in the first race, while Brian Deegan chased Speed to the line in the second race for his first podium of 2015.

DRIVER CHANGES: Rhys Millen makes his return to Red Bull GRC competition as a driver for the first time since Las Vegas last year, competing in his own Hyundai Veloster. Each of the top 11 drivers in Supercar points are entered in this weekend’s event for a 12-car field.

THE TRACK: At 1.102 miles, Bushy Park Circuit plays host to the largest course in Red Bull GRC history this weekend. The layout includes two new passing zones on the backside of the course, as well as a new camelback jump that will see drivers hit two jumps of different surfaces in quick succession. Click here for more information on the track.

CHAMPIONSHIP DO-OR-DIE TIME: The top nine drivers in Supercar points remain mathematically eligible for this year’s championship, but four of them could be eliminated as early as Saturday night. Assuming each driver runs all three remaining races, the mathematical cutoff heading into Las Vegas is 53 points; any driver outside of that range on Sunday has no chance at taking this year’s crown.

DOUBLEHEADER ADDS TO CHAMPIONSHIP DRAMA: Barbados represents the fourth and final doubleheader on the 2015 Red Bull GRC schedule. With doubleheaders representing two-thirds of all available points this season, figuring out how to keep it clean during back-to-back finals is crucial; with 236 points scored in doubleheaders this year, no Supercar driver has done a better job of that than Scott Speed. Sebastian Eriksson ranks second with 213 points scored in doubleheader events.

RACE-WINNING VEHICLES RETURN TO SUPERCAR GRID: Two vehicles that combined for three Supercar final wins in 2014 will return to the hands of their race-winning drivers at Bushy Park. Rhys Millen makes his 2015 Red Bull GRC debut in the Hyundai Veloster that he used to take victories in Daytona and Los Angeles II last year, while Sverre Isachsen returns to the 2014-spec Subaru WRX STI that gave Subaru Rally Team USA its first Red Bull GRC victory in Seattle just over a year ago.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados:

Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST: “This was definitely the place I liked the most last year, and the track was also really good. Now, it’s even better—I would say it’s easily the best track so far, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s got a lot of tarmac, some gravel, but the tarmac is something I like. I think if I get a good start to the weekend, get a good feeling, which I should get looking at this place, I can be there at the top. I have to be there—I would say I would have to almost be winning both races to have a shot to be in the top three in the championship. That’s what I’m trying to do, but it’s not going to be easy, because there are a lot of fast guys out here.”

Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI: “Los Angeles was a big weekend for us—STI was the sponsor of the race, and of course we wanted to prove something. We rebuilt the car before the race, did some testing, and we were fourth in the first race, which was the best finish for us this year. We put together the old car for this race, and I love this car. Last year Nelson and I had a crazy race here with it, and it was good for the public. Right now I’m feeling good with this car, we’re prepared for racing, and we’re prepared to fight.”

Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster: “Barbados has more opportunities to pass, it has more lines to check someone out to pass, and it was a track I really enjoyed in the 2014 championship. It was also an opportunity to bring the Supercar out and showcase it and its speed, and see where they stack up against the competition. Brian Wong did a fantastic job in Los Angeles, and what it exposed to the team is that the car is still capable of producing the goods. He qualified nine tenths off of pole against guys who have been doing this all season; I’d like to think that, given my time in the car, we as a team and myself as a driver will be able to find the majority of that, which would put that car in a top three sort of placing.”

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

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Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

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