That’s a wrap on the first season of Global Rally-Cross.
After a full day of official results being reviewed after a collision at the finish line, the results are in. Two-time WRC world rally champion Marcus Gronholm took home the win. Despite an epic collision at the finish line around the final turn Tanner Foust managed to slide across the finish line in the midst of the crash. Drift and stuntman Stephan Verdier rounded out the top three.
Notables: Rhys Millen (4th), Brian Deegan (DNF)
“That was not the ideal finish,” said Foust the defending X Games champion who narrowly missed clinching the GRC championship this weekend. “We all knew that part of the track had some danger built into it as the cars came together.”
Foust successfully defended not only his win on Friday in Super Rally, but his win a few weeks ago at stop two of the GRC series.
“It was a good finish,” said Gronholm. “Everything is about the start here and I made it in front of Tanner and therefore I could turn in first into the corner and that was the key. “Once you are in front you can do your own driving and I knew that we were fast and I could choose my own lines. Plus we were lucky in that we didn’t hit anybody. I saw that Tanner had fallen behind, but I didn’t know that he had crashed at the finish line.”
Although being edged out by Foust in Saturday’s Super Rally, Gronholm was the quickest car on the track consistently the whole weekend. It is all about the start in Rally-Cross and today Gronholm got off the line the quickest and never looked back.
Rally-Cross is back on the map come July 28-31 for X-Games in Los Angeles. Foust, Gronholm, Deegan and Millen are expected to be in attendance. More invitations will be handed out in the next 10 days.