Sandell Secures Podium Finish at GRC Seattle – Round II.
Sunday at Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle – Round II it was Patrik Sandell’s turn to shine. Starting off with a brilliant qualifying session that put Sandell in pole position, he carried his success and expert driving skills throughout the day ending in 3rd overall, while teammate Chris Atkinson was right behind in 4th. Prior to the Final, the #18 WRX STI piloted by Patrik Sandell finished 2nd in both heat rounds and won the Semi-Final. It was an excellent performance to cap off an already successful weekend for Subaru Rally Team USA after Chris Atkinson’s 3rd place finish Saturday. Today’s podium finish marks the third for the team in the past four races!
Patrik Sandell described his race as follows: “Had a really clean start in the final. We were able to manage the first few corners very well, which was my biggest worry this weekend because it’s such a rough first few turns and people are a bit crazy there. After that things really settled down and I was able to put down some good laps. We had a really good joker strategy that race and I just tried to bring it home. That was a good one, thank you Subaru!”
Teammate Chris Atkinson also put in a stunning performance driving from the third row up to a 4th place finish. “Awesome Final from our position in the third row. We made it up to fourth place, just behind Patrik. Another podium for the team is mega, and it’s just been a great weekend all-around. We’re happy!” exclaimed Atkinson.
It was an impressive performance for everyone at Subaru Rally Team USA this weekend. The endless hard work and continuous effort is finally paying dividends and it’s apparent the 2017 Subaru WRX STI is determined to stick around the podiums for a while! The final Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship event takes place in Los Angeles Oct 13-14th.