Action from Day 2 of Red Bull GRC Seattle
For the Seattle round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Chris Atkinson returns for his second GRC event of the year with Subaru Rally Team USA. The former Subaru WRC driver is joined by 7-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins, whose entry came about thanks to support from team partner DirtFish Rally School.
For the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, this is also the first time they have ever been to the Evergreen Speedway, a facility that normally sees use for circle track and drift events. The high-speed banked turns that have been integrated into the GRC course make it stand out from other venues and will certainly make for an interesting setup challenge.
The bulk of the racing action will happen on Saturday, September 17 and the forecast is calling for rain most of the day. The less than favorable weather will keep everyone on their toes, but for Subaru it could very well be an advantage with two highly experienced rally drivers taking to the grid weekend.
Day 2 at the Seattle Red Bull Global Rallycross, saw Chris Atkinson and David Higgins in their 2016 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars both advance directly to the final. Intermittent rain made the 0.79 mile course extra challenging as the 20% dirt section quickly got rutted and unpredictable. Despite this, Atkinson and Higgins drove clean races and placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the semi-finals. This was a great result for SRTUSA and gave technicians extra time to prepare the cars for the 10 car final.
Local race fans were undeterred by the rain and packed into the stands at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington to catch the action. The turnout made for an exciting atmosphere as the supercars pulled into the start grid for the 10-lap final. David Higgins had a fantastic start in his #75 WRX STI and was in 4th place when during Lap 3 he developed a drive shaft problem due to the rough conditions. This slowed his pace and ultimately Higgins finished 9th overall.
Teammate Chris Atkinson was on the front line, however, he had an uncharacteristically poor start and bogged off the line. Immediately, Atkinson found himself at the back of the pack. With his determined and professional skills, Chris Atkinson piloted his #55 WRX STI past several slower competitors and completed the 10 Lap final in 6th overall. Being only his second ever Rallycross event, this was an impressive effort by Atkinson.