Global Rallycross (GRC) made its Detroit, Mich., debut on a 0.757-mile mixed surface course on Belle Isle, which hosted the series' second doubleheader of the 2015 season (the first was in Daytona, Fla.). Human marketing machine Ken Block, coming off a win in the previous round at MCAS New River in North Carolina, entered the midseason event with a 31-point edge over Sebastian Eriksson, while Ford Fiestas have been the dominant platform. The course itself featured 10 turns and a Joker Lap that split around the James Scott Memorial Fountain, making for a nice backdrop.
On Saturday for Round 5, Block in his Hoonigan Fiesta ST and Patrik Sandell in his Bryan Herta Rallysport Fiesta each won their first round heat and semifinal to earn front row starting spots in the main event. At the start of the race, Sandell jumped out to the lead, while Block settled into second and Scott Speed in the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle chased them from third.
With three laps to go, a driveshaft in Sandell's Fiesta let go and he had to drop out. That allowed Block to get by, cementing his third victory of the year, while Speed in second and Eriksson in the Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford in third completed the podium.
For Sunday's Round 6, Nelson Piquet Jr. in his SH Racing Rallycross Fiesta earned pole position, but it was again Sandell who proved to be the top driver by winning both his heat and semifinal. Speed took a first round heat win and seemed to be on the way to a semifinal win before teammate Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Energy VW made a pass in the final corners.
The main event saw an aborted first start when multiple cars made contact between turns one and two, leaving Foust's vehicle disabled in the racing line. Block was given a rough driving penalty and moved from the second row to the back of the grid, and with two of his biggest challengers eliminated, Sandell used the second chance to lead from start to finish.
Block's lead in driver points is now 26 - 260 to Eriksson's 234 - while Ford continues to be tops in the Manufacturer Championship table. The GRC is back in action August 15, when the series takes over the streets of Washington, DC.