Global Rallycross (GRC) is one of the hottest motorsports events of the year. 600hp+ AWD turbocharged rally cars going door to door over 70ft. gaps is a recipe for success in anyone’s book. We certainly enjoyed catching the season finale race under the glistening sunset soaked Las Vegas Strip during the SEMA show last week.
This year the GRC set off on a tour across the US to showcase some of the best drivers in a battle for the championship. Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Sebastian Loeb, were just some of the star-studded pilots for this years GRC.
The final race of the season took place this early last week during the SEMA Show convention in Las Vegas, NV. Held right outside the doors of the North Hall, the GRC racetrack had a close championship battle brewing against Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan (just seven points behind Tanner). Deegan would suffer a flat tire during a first heat collision, he would have to wait for his chance to enter the final race, and race the last-chance qualifier – which he won with ease.
As the green flag dropped tanner shot out to an early lead taking the hole-shot but Deegan seemed to fly from out in left field cutting in and securing 4th. Deegan took the longer fast laps early, which moved him up to a solid 2nd place.
But Tanner was able to not only hold onto first but extended his lead as Deegan would have to watch from second place as Tanner took the checkered flag securing the overall GRC Championship. ‘It has been such a great year in the Fiesta,” said Foust. “The Ford driver lineup was so strong, which makes winning the manufacturer’s championship in GRC just that much better.”
Deegan wouldn’t exactly be cut out of the limelight as he was able to secure the GRC Rookie-of-the-Year award for his overall performance throughout the season. "I just basically had to go for it. I just shut off my brain and said, 'All right, it's just all or nothing at this point. You've got nothing to lose.’ Went through the last chance, the hardest way, and started in the last row. Somehow I came through that first turn -- I don't know, I out-broke everyone and came around them. I did the best I could to hang in there. I ended up second so it was not a bad day" –Brian Deegan.
Ken Block Suffers Mechanical Fire
What seemed to be a picture perfect day for Ken Block, ended in disaster as his Monster Energy World Rally Ford Fiesta caught fire. Electrical gremlins are to blame for starting the blaze and ending Block’s commanding day. Despite missing practice on Sunday, Ken entered the field and dominated throughout the day. Securing P1 for the final race. But 3 laps into the race something seemed to be wrong. Ken pulled off to the course, emerged from the car and was clearly upset about this situation. Smoke bellowed from the cockpit and flames could be seen from nearly every vantage point. Luckily Ken emerged without injury besides the one to record setting day.