2013 Global RallyCross Championship

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2013 Global RallyCross Championship season
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The 2013 Global RallyCross Championship was the third season of this championship. The season consisted of nine weekends, three in X Games events (including a doubleheader after an event cancellation). Toomas Heikkinen earned his first series championship after a record-setting streak of five consecutive victories.

Rules changes[edit]

A penalty box will be added for this season. In case of a false start, the driver must endure a stop-go penalty in this zone avoiding the need to restart the race.[1] Stop-go penalty can be also given for too aggressive car-to-car contact, such causing a competing driver to spin out by pushing their car.[2]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Manufacturer Constructor Team Individual Team No. Drivers Rounds
Chevrolet United States PMR Motorsports PMR Motorsports 59 United States Pat Moro 8–9
Citroën United Kingdom LD Motorsport LD Motorsport 33 United Kingdom Liam Doran 1
Dodge United States Pastrana Racing Pastrana Racing 99 United States Bryce Menzies 1–6, 8–9
Norway Henning Solberg 7
199 United States Travis Pastrana 1, 4, 6, 8–9
Russia Timur Timerzyanov 2–3, 5, 7
Ford Sweden OMSE2 Royal Purple OMSE2 7 United States Townsend Bell 2–3
32 Canada Steve Arpin All
Rdio OMSE2 77 United States Scott Speed All
Sweden Olsbergs MSE Olsbergs MSE 18 Sweden Patrik Sandell All
Rockstar Energy Olsbergs MSE 34 United States Tanner Foust All
Rockstar Energy Metal Mulisha Olsbergs MSE 38 United States Brian Deegan All
Bluebeam Olsbergs MSE 57 Finland Toomas Heikkinen All
United States Hoonigan Racing Division Hoonigan Racing Division 43 United States Ken Block All
Hyundai United States Rhys Millen Racing Rhys Millen Racing 4 France Stephan Verdier 8–9
14 Belgium David Sterckx 6
67 New Zealand Rhys Millen 6, 9
Mini United Kingdom Prodrive-LD Motorsport Prodrive-LD Motorsport 33 United Kingdom Liam Doran 2–3, 5–6
United Kingdom Prodrive Prodrive 40 United States Dave Mirra 8–9
Mitsubishi Brazil X Team Racing X Team Racing 12 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1, 4, 8–9
Brazil Guilherme Spinelli 2–3
Peugeot Brazil XRC Team Brasil XRC Team Brasil 12A Brazil Eduardo Marques, Jr. 1
13 Brazil Mauricio Neves 1
Subaru United States Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA 11 Norway Sverre Isachsen 2–9
40 United States Dave Mirra 2–7
81 United States Bucky Lasek 2–9
France Verdier Racing Verdier Racing 12 France Stephan Verdier 6
Volkswagen Sweden Marklund Motorsport Marklund Motorsport 29 United States Buddy Rice 1
Sweden Mattias Ekström 2–3
Russia Timur Timerzyanov 6
92 Sweden Anton Marklund 1–3, 6

Schedule[edit]

[3]

Round Location Companion Event Date
1 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu X Games Brazil April 21
2–3 (DH) Germany Munich X Games Munich June 29–30
4 United States Loudon Lenox Industrial Tools 301 July 11
5 United States Bristol Standalone July 20
6 United States Irwindale X Games Los Angeles August 4
7 United States Atlanta Standalone August 10
8 United States Charlotte AACA AutoFair Fall Meet September 22
9 United States Las Vegas SEMA Automotive Trade Show November 7

(DH): An event in Barcelona at Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium May 19 was called off because of weather conditions. The Munich round, originally scheduled for June 30, was converted into a doubleheader round with races on June 29 and 30.[4]

Season summary[edit]

The first event of the season in Foz do Iguaçu was performed on a purpose built gravel track, with the start/finish straight having the only tarmac section. Fifteen drivers took part in the event. Liam Doran set the fastest laptime in the seeding round.[5] Heat 1 was won by Finnish driver Toomas Heikkinen, who took advantage of a crash at the start of the heat. Ken Block took second place, with Liam Doran placed third, after retiring on Lap 1. Heat 2 was won by Brian Deegan followed by Travis Pastrana is second. Nelson Piquet, Jr. finished third despite being penalized for a jump start. Bryce Menzies finished the heat in last place. In Heat 3 the reigning champion Tanner Foust took victory over Steve Arpin. Patrik Sandell and Mauricio Neves finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Scott Speed was the winner of Heat 4 by passing Anton Marklund on the last corner, despite spinning on the first lap. Buddy Rice ended up third, with Eduardo Marques, Jr rounding off the heat. Buddy Rice won the Last Chance Qualifier, meaning he qualified for the final along with second place finisher Patrik Sandell. Doran's car failure at the start of the race, retires both himself and Bryce Menzies, denying them both of qualifying for the final.

The Final saw mayhem at the first turn on Lap 1, which shook up the field, placing Heikkinen into the lead from Speed and Marklund after Lap 1. After Lap 2, Speed slowed down, which allowed Marklund to jump into second place.By the end of Lap 3, the race is red flagged, and is scheduled to restart, after retirements from Foust, Pastrana, Block and Rice. On the restart, Scott Speed sat on pole from a six car grid. Travis Pastrana, Buddy Rice, Ken Block and reigning champion Tanner Foust were all unable to make the restart. On Lap 1 Toomas Heikkinen aggressively made his way into the lead, ahead of Speed and Arpin by the end of the lap. On the second lap, Arpin took the joker lap, but failed to pass Speed, leaving the top three the same after the end of the lap. On Lap 4, Sandell takes the joker lap to pass Arpin into 3rd place, as Speed starts closing down Heikkinen for the lead. On the final lap, Speed finally used his joker lap to pass Heikkinen on the last corner of the race, to take the gold medal. Heikkinen won the silver, and Sandell the bronze. For all three of them it was their first X Games medals, most notably Speed, who had not ever drove a rally car prior to the event. Steve Arpin finished 4th, ahead of Brian Deegan in 5th, and Anton Marklund in 6th.

The second round of the season was set to take place in Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, as part of the Barcelona X Games. Spanish drivers Nani Roma and Carlos Sainz, both Dakar Rally champions, arrived to debut in this event.[6][7] However, after heavy rain all day, the whole event was eventually moved to Munich after several delays on May 19, and the Munich event turned into a doubleheader. Day 1 featured Liam Doran win in his new Mini, while Toomas Heikkinen won gold in race 2. The Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team USA made their 2013 debut, and Townsend Bell made his GRC debut in the #7 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta, for OMSE2.

Round 4 took place in Loudon, New Hampshire, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. GRC Lites made their debut there, and Joni Wiman won the first-ever Lites race. In the Supercar class, Travis Pastrana returned, and Tanner Foust led 9 of 10 laps in the final, but crashed in the final corner, handing the win to Heikkinen. The fifth round of the season took place in Bristol. Joni Wiman won the Lites final, which had to be restarted because Kevin Eriksson flipped over on the first lap. Patrik Sandell won his heat, but Heikkinen cruised to an easy third victory in a row. Round 6 took place at Irwindale Speedway, as part of X Games Los Angeles. David Sterckx, Rhys Millen, and Stephan Verdier made their 2013 debut, and Reinis Nitišs made his Lites debut. In Supercars, Sverre Isachsen won heat 1, which had to be restarted because Steve Arpin crashed. Heat 2 saw Liam Doran win. Toomas Heikkinen won Heat 3, while Heat 4 went to Ken Block. Anton Marklund crashed on the 1st turn of the LCQ, and that caused the 2nd red flag of the day. Marklund was out. On the restart, Rhys Millen and Scott Speed advanced. In the final, Ken Block, Liam Doran, and others crashed on the first turn. Toomas Heikkinen won the final X Games LA gold medal in history. Tanner Foust took silver, and Sverre Isachsen took bronze.

Round 7 took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as a standalone event. Bryce Menzies was replaced by Henning Solberg in the #99 Dodge, and Travis Pastrana was once again replaced by Timur Timerzyanov. Patrik Sandell crashed into a dirt embankment in the LCQ, sending him airborne. Toomas Heikkinen almost secured the championship with another win, while Joni Wiman won in Lites. Round 8 took place at the dirt track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Pat Moro debuted his new Chevrolet Sonic and Dave Mirra helped Prodrive make its official debut, after having rented its Mini to Doran for much of the season. Block, Speed and Deegan took heat victories, while Foust missed the final after rolling his car during the final heat. Speed won the final, while third place for Heikkinen (having qualified via the LCQ) gave him the championship title.

The season finale took place in Las Vegas during the week of the SEMA Show as a two-day event, with practice, seeding, and the first set of heats run on Wednesday and the second set of heats, LCQ, and final run on Thursday. Heikkinen aimed to continue his streak of eight consecutive podiums with a pair of heat wins, while Foust, Block, and Speed also swept each of their heats. The LCQ saw Nelson Piquet Jr. spin Sverre Isachsen to earn a transfer spot and land his Mitsubishi in the final, but a protest from Isachsen saw stewards disqualify Piquet for aggressive driving and restore the transfer spot to the Norwegian. In the final, a jump start from Foust forced him into the penalty box, giving Block a lead that he would never relinquish. Block would earn his first GRC victory in his 17th GRC start, while Foust ended the season with a runner-up finish and Travis Pastrana completed the podium.

Results[edit]

Events[edit]

No. Event Seeding Round Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4 Winner Team Manufacturer
1 Foz do Iguaçu United Kingdom Liam Doran Finland Toomas Heikkinen United States Brian Deegan United States Tanner Foust United States Scott Speed United States Scott Speed Sweden OMSE2 Ford
2 Munich United Kingdom Liam Doran United Kingdom Liam Doran United States Tanner Foust United States Ken Block Finland Toomas Heikkinen United Kingdom Liam Doran United Kingdom LD Motorsport Mini
3 Finland Toomas Heikkinen Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Mattias Ekström United Kingdom Liam Doran United States Brian Deegan Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Olsbergs MSE Ford
4 Loudon United States Ken Block United States Ken Block Finland Toomas Heikkinen United States Tanner Foust N/A Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Olsbergs MSE Ford
5 Bristol United States Ken Block United States Ken Block Sweden Patrik Sandell Norway Sverre Isachsen N/A Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Olsbergs MSE Ford
6 Irwindale United States Brian Deegan Norway Sverre Isachsen United Kingdom Liam Doran Finland Toomas Heikkinen United States Ken Block Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Olsbergs MSE Ford
7 Atlanta Finland Toomas Heikkinen Finland Toomas Heikkinen United States Ken Block United States Tanner Foust N/A Finland Toomas Heikkinen Sweden Olsbergs MSE Ford
8 Charlotte United States Ken Block United States Ken Block United States Scott Speed United States Brian Deegan N/A United States Scott Speed Sweden OMSE2 Ford
9 Las Vegas United States Tanner Foust United States Tanner Foust Finland Toomas Heikkinen United States Ken Block United States Scott Speed United States Ken Block United States Hoonigan Racing Division Ford

Drivers standings[edit]

Points are awarded to the top sixteen finishers using the following structure:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th 
Points 20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Bold indicates the fastest in the seeding round.
  • * indicates a heat win.
Pos. Driver Team Brazil
BRA
Germany
MUN
United States
LOU
United States
BRI
United States
LAN
United States
ATL
United States
CHA
United States
LVS
Pts
1 Finland Toomas Heikkinen Olsbergs MSE 2* 3* 1* 1* 1 1* 1** 3 4** 169
2 United States Tanner Foust Olsbergs MSE 8* 6* 3 4* 7 2 2* 10* 2** 123
3 United States Ken Block Hoonigan Racing Division 9 2* DSQ 5* 2** 6* 8** 7** 1** 115
4 United States Brian Deegan Olsbergs MSE 5* 7 9* 3 3 7 6 2* 13 106
5 United States Scott Speed OMSE2 1* 9 15 9 13 9 7 1* 9** 94
6 Sweden Patrik Sandell Olsbergs MSE 3 8 13 2 5** 8 11 13 7 89
7 Norway Sverre Isachsen Subaru Puma Rallycross 17 8 6 4* 3* 3 8 5 86
8 Canada Steve Arpin OMSE2 4 11 5 12 6 14 9 5 8 79
9 United Kingdom Liam Doran LD Motorsport 13 1* 2* 9 10* 59
10 United States Travis Pastrana Pastrana Racing 7 7 5 9* 3 56
11 United States Bucky Lasek Subaru Puma Rallycross 14 11 8 12 11 12 6 14 49
12 United States Dave Mirra Subaru Puma Rallycross/Prodrive 15 14 13 11 15 4 12 DNS 36
13 United States Bryce Menzies Pastrana Racing 15 16 17 11 10 13 14 6 35
14 Russia Timur Timerzyanov Pastrana Racing/Marklund Motorsport 10 12 8 18 5 34
15 Sweden Mattias Ekström Marklund Motorsport 5 4* 26
16 Sweden Anton Marklund Marklund Motorsport 6 4 16 17 26
17 France Stephan Verdier Verdier Racing/Rhys Millen Racing 12 4 12 23
18 New Zealand Rhys Millen Rhys Millen Racing 4 10 20
19 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. X Team Racing 11 10 15 15 17
20 United States Townsend Bell OMSE2 12 6 16
21 Brazil Guilherme Spinelli X Team Racing 13 7 14
22 United States Pat Moro PMR Motorsports 11 11 12
23 United States Buddy Rice Marklund Motorsport 10 7
24 Norway Henning Solberg Pastrana Racing 10 7
25 Brazil Mauricio Neves XRC Team Brasil 12 5
26 Brazil Eduardo Marques, Jr. XRC Team Brasil 14 3
27 Belgium David Sterckx Rhys Millen Racing 16 1
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GRC Adds Penalty Box to 2013 Competition". Global-Rallycross.com. 
  2. ^ Horsey, John (August 4, 2013). "Officials warn overly aggressive drivers". XGames.com (ESPN). Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2013 GRC Schedule". Global-Rallycross.com. 
  4. ^ Rain forces cancellation of Global Rallycross at X Games Barcelona.
  5. ^ "Doran scores fastest time in RallyCross seeding". ESPN.com. April 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Carlos Sainz estará en los X Games Barcelona". Motor y Racing. May 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2004 Dakar Rally Winner Nani Roma To Compete in Barcelona". Global Rallycross. May 3, 2013.