Global Rallcross Championship (GRC) held its fourth event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend and proved to be the most technical course of the series. Several new features were added to this race including various jumps (gap and table top), a 180-degree dirt hairpin and a joker lap – where each driver was required to take a longer route at least once during the Heat Race and Final Event.
Travis Pastrana would ultimately come out on top of the podium with the overall victory, but it didn’t come without some drama. Fresh off the heels of a disappointing X Games, where Pastrana was smashed into a wall on the first lap of his first Heat Race rendering his car useless. Pastrana clearly intended to win this event and prove the competitiveness his new Dodge Dart possessed. Heading into the New Hampshire 10-car Final Event, Pastrana qualified third overall resulting excellent front row starting position. “It really comes down to qualifying and we were able to qualify third which put us up front for the Heat Race," Pastrana said. Traffic behind him began to mount with mechanical issues and crashes from Brian Deegan and Tanner Foust, giving Pastrana time to open up the gap and settle into a blistering pace; beating second place Samuel Hubinnette by nearly two seconds.
Samuel Hubinette pushed his 600 hp Eklund Racing Saab 9-3 with Enos Oil to the limits, proving his privately backed Saab could keep up and win against the manufacturer-backed teams. Team driver Andy Scott wouldn’t be so lucky suffering a broken rim during Friday’s practice attempting to clear the gap jump.
A well-fought battle for third developed between Tanner Foust and Rockstar Energy teammate Brian Deegan. Foust qualified first overall and took the hole-shot but would fall behind due to bump that stalled his car during a tight corner. Fighting through traffic, Foust would find himself exchanging third place with teammate Brian Deegan through the final few laps. But, Deegan would ultimately round of the podium finish with Foust crossing the finish line in fourth; securing points overall and further extending Foust’s reign in the GRC driver championship standings.