09 October 2015

GRC Lites Race Recap: Barbados

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IN BRIEF: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before—Olsbergs MSE teammates Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric split a doubleheader event in the GRC Lites class. After taking a race apiece in Los Angeles, the top two drivers in the standings did the same thing in Barbados during GRC Lites’ first trip outside of the United States.

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SATURDAY RECAP: While Oliver Eriksson claimed a front row spot for the final, any hopes of an Olsbergs MSE 1-2 finish on Saturday took a major blow in the second round of heats when Austin Cindric’s battery line failed on the final lap, causing him to finish last in his heat and start from the back. But after Eriksson grabbed the lead at the start, Cindric pushed through the field
to claim second place within the race’s first two laps, and the rout was on.

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Behind them, Tanner Whitten, Alejandro Fernandez, and Alex Keyes—the same trio of drivers that had run-ins with one another in Los Angeles—battled mightily for third. Fernandez managed to grab the spot with Keyes coming home fourth and Miles Maroney recovering from a penaltyto claim fifth as Whitten slid back in the race’s final laps.

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SUNDAY RECAP: Cindric and Keyes won the second-round heats to claim the top two starting spots in the main event, but Eriksson managed to re-establish himself running behind his teammate when Keyes experienced a CV joint failure to fall from a podium position.

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Fernandez and Maroney battled for third, but Maroney earned his third penalty of the weekend during the main event to force a stop-and-go and lost the position. He recovered to maintain fourth place, but for the second day in a row the same three drivers would stand atop the podium.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados, the tenth round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:

1. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE
2. Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
3. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
4. Alex Keyes, #61 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
5. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados, the eleventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
1. Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
2. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE
3. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
4. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
5. Harry Cheung, #88 Rhys Millen Racing

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados, the eleventh round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:

the left rear on the jump. In qualifying it broke on the first lap—we ended up breaking a wheel bearing, but we got that fixed for the first heat and started last. On the second or third lap, one of the uprights broke that had probably been weakened when the bearing broke before. We replaced everything for heat two, went out and ended up winning the heat—Oliver got a penalty,
but I was right there. We were able to start on the front row and got a good jump off the line, which was good because I’d been struggling with the standing starts this weekend. I saw Eriksson coming out of the joker and I was pushing real hard, and at that point I felt a vibration. When I went into the next corner, the car immediately snapped and I was four wheels off the
road, so I knew something was broken again and it ended up being a halfshaft.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados, the tenth and eleventh rounds of the 2015 GRC Lites season: • Olsbergs MSE teammates Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric earned their third and
fourth victories of the 2015 GRC Lites season, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday. In both events, the OMSE drivers scored 1-2 finishes, the second and third time in four races that they have taken the top two steps on the podium.
• AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez finished third in both finals for his fourth and fifth
podium finishes of the 2015 season, returning to the podium for the first time since
Detroit II in July. Fernandez also qualified for the first pole of his GRC Lites career for
Saturday’s race.
• Miles Maroney finished outside of the top four for the first time since the season opener
in Fort Lauderdale when he placed fifth on Saturday. He has yet to record a DNF in a
main event in 2015.
• Blake “Bilko” Williams placed seventh and ninth in his GRC Lites debut for Rhys Millen

1. Austin Cindric, 473
2. Oliver Eriksson, 470
3. Miles Maroney, 440
4. Alejandro Fernandez, 419
5. Tanner Whitten, 349
6. Alex Keyes, 297
7. Nur Ali, 226
8. Harry Cheung, 185
9. Collete Davis, 146
10. Conner Martell, 67
11. Geoff Sykes, 62
12. Brian Wong, 53
13. Jackie Heinricher, 45
14. Gavin Harlien, 36
15. Joachim Hvaal, 32
16. Blas Zapag, 27
17. Duncker Felix Jr., 7