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Red Bull GRC: Arpin scores first win in Daytona race one

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Steve Arpin and Chip Ganassi Rallycross are on the scoreboard in Red Bull Global Rallycross. The series’ full release is below:

Steve Arpin added to Chip Ganassi Racing’s extensive Daytona International Speedway trophy count with a win in today’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar final. Arpin took the first Supercar victory for both himself and the team, adding to Ganassi’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500 victories. Teammate Brian Deegan finished second, while 2015 Daytona winner Sebastian Eriksson placed third.

“You have to be super aggressive on this first corner to give yourself some track position to be in a position to race,” Arpin said. “One of the things that I’ve learned here are there are some areas of the track where you just have to attack it like a dirt track, to almost where you are being overaggressive. Then, there are other areas where you have to be super disciplined, just back everything up and stay calm through there. It’s just finding that happy medium in those areas around different parts of the racetrack.”

Persistent lightning delayed the proceedings until the early evening, with Arpin winning the first semifinal in dry conditions and Tanner Foust winning the second in wet conditions roughly four hours later to earn lane choice for the main event alongside Arpin and Joni Wiman. The showers through the afternoon made for a slippery track, with drivers struggling to find grip on the .742-mile course.

A chaotic final saw Speed take the lead initially, before Foust used the Joker Lap to reclaim the lead early on. After Foust spun from first place, collecting second-place Patrik Sandell, Speed reclaimed the lead, but after driving with the car on fire for a lap and a half, he finally had to pull off after taking the white flag. From there,

Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I) unofficial results are as follows:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  2. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  4. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  5. Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
  7. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  8. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).