Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross logged its third straight win at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados I, with Tanner Foust leading its charge. Teammate Scott Speed grabbed second place and managed to take the overall points lead even after his VW Beetle was involved in a last-lap contact that destroyed his left front wheel.
The last man on the podium was Joni Wiman of Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, after Patrik Sandell of Bryan Herta Rallysport received a penalty. During the last chance qualifier, Ken Block of Hoonigan Racing Division suffered a rollover after he struck a dirt berm and was lifted onto two wheels and slid upside down to a stop on the jump.
Block was not harmed but he missed the second main event in his last three races thus losing the championship lead. On the other hand, the main event commenced with Foust taking the lead right away in the first corner, followed by Speed and Sandell.
The Bryan Herta Rallysport driver worked to chase the leaders and his Ford Focus ST took the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap on the final lap. When he came out of the joker lane, his car slammed into Speed’s, thereby sending the Beetle into the air.
The contact decimated the left front wheel off Speed’s car. Sandell actually finished second while Speed came in third. But since Sandell was penalized for the incident and was demoted to 10th, Speed moved up to second and fourth-place Wiman was promoted to third.
After the race, Speed said Sandell has apologized to him a lot. He said that he was fortunate to be able to get his car to the line and that allowed him to secure enough points to grab the overall lead. Speed now has a 33-point lead in the Supercar category over Block.
Sebastian Eriksson of Red Bull Olsbergs MSE is third (35 points behind) while Foust is fourth (44 points behind). Only two races remain in the Red Bull GRC and eight drivers are fighting head-to-toe to grab the Supercar championship.
Foust divulged that they had some trouble halfway through the race day. He remarked that he had no idea how Speed was able to finish with a car that was running on three wheels.
On the other category, GRC Lites, Red Bull Olsbergs MSE earned its second 1-2 finish with Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric at the wheels. As of the latest race, Eriksson is leading the GRC Lites championship with 420 points, followed closely by Cindric with 417. Miles Maroney of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is third with 402 points.