The 2014 Red Bull Global Rally Cross (GRC) season ended Wednesday evening in Las Vegas. This year the LINQ Hotel & Casino played host and assembled an amazing course for the drivers, and an even better spectating arena for all the fans.
On October 27, just two days after the first 2015 STi ran a firstname.lastname@example.org mph, Prime Motoring took their newly modified 2015 STi out to Island Dragway in Great Meadows, N. J., to see if they could dominate the strip and come in with a faster time. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, the time clock read email@example.com mph! The guys at Prime Motoring and AMS were extremely pleased with the trap, but are already planning for faster runs. Currently, they are waiting for beefier replacements for the stock driveshaft and axles, as well as a set of 15-inch wheels accompanied by some super sticky tires.
Nissan homologated their Pulsar hatchback into an all-wheel drive, five-second monster in the early 1990s. Sadly, that car was never sold here; but that hasn’t stopped one rabid fan from importing one.
On September 26 and 27, Revvolution watched a star-studded group of drivers battle at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle. Round 9 was the penultimate race of the 2014 season, and it was Sverre Isachsen who took his—and Subaru’s—first win after Ken Block and Tanner Foust collided. Isachsen, a three-time European rallycross champion, capitalized on the on-track mayhem to take the lead on the first lap, then held on for all 10 laps to take the trophy and fifth place in the points. The win came at the perfect time for Subaru, as it has a large and dedicated granola-eating fan base in the Pacific Northwest. Olsbergs MSE’s Joni Wiman came in a very close second and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Brian Deegan took third, coming in at a jolting 12 seconds back.
Olympus Rally was held last weekend in Shelton, Washington. The event started with the announcement that Olympus Rally is officially a Rally America sanctioned event once more after a one-year break. Similar to the Oregon Trail Rally, the Olympus Rally offers extremely beautiful scenery, an assortment of obstacles, miles and miles of back roads and, most important, it has its NW Rally fans! It will be awesome to have Olympus on the national event roster next year giving the teams another event, and giving the sport yet another opportunity to expand and grow. Rally America seems to be doing all they can to help the sport evolve; they’re now nationally televised and in the process of adding other venues. We can’t wait to see what they produce next.
The third round of the Rally America 2014 National Championship is the Oregon Trail Rally, which took place last weekend, May 2 through May 4, and was another fantastic production. Rally fans were blessed with good weather up until mid-day Sunday, causing the stages to be slightly more trying. The first day went down at Portland International Raceway (PIR) where spectators were offered views of each stage. With the combination of tarmac and dirt, the event at PIR turned out to be a lot of fun for all the drivers as well as the spectators. Most of the teams participating finished with little to no problems and the opportunity to show off their driving skills, which is rare due to the limited amount of spectating locations on normal rally stages. In the end, it was a day for the fans. There was plenty of spectating, up close views of the service areas, and autograph opportunities with all the drivers including David Higgins, Travis Pastrana, Dillon Van Way, Adam Yeoman and David Sterckx.
The rally season started off with a frozen bang with Rally America National Championship’s first event of the season, Sno*Drift 2014, based out of the back roads and one very large rock query in Atlanta, Michigan.
A great many people know the name Ken Block, whether from watching him during the WRC, GRC, the X-Games Grid Event, or even recognizing him as the previous owner and creator of DC Shoes. With the release of Gymkhana 6 after he won at the GRC Finals in Las Vegas last week, we see a very different course setup along with a slightly shorter video. Keeping that in mind, this newest version has all the adrenaline-pumping, tire-burning action of Gymkhana.