Isachsen Rallies To First Career Red Bull GRC Victory In Round 9

Isachsen Rallies To First Career Red Bull GRC Victory In Round 9

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Sverre Isachsen earned his first career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory on Saturday as the series visited the DirtFish Rally School course.

Ken Block took the victory in Heat A. Brain Deegan followed Block through the Joker on the first lap but later fell back to third after Nelson Piquet Jr. passed him by using the Joker on lap five.

In Heat B, Joni Wiman who entered the weekend second in the driver points was able to hold off Sverre Isachsen and Patrik Sandell for the victory.

During the LCQ, Bucky Lasek stalled on the start. While everyone scattered to get off the grid, Tanner Foust jumped out front and used his Joker in the first turn. Foust went on to take the win with David Higgins right behind him in second. Rhys Millen finished third and Scott Speed finished fourth, capturing the final transfer spot. Scott Speed is now the only driver to appear in all main events this season after Austin Dyne finished sixth on Saturday, missing the main.

Once the drivers took off to start the main event, Tanner Foust and Ken Block made heavy contact on the first lap while racing through the Joker. Block continued and went on to finish ninth, ending a streak of five consecutive podium finishes. Foust was unable to keep going and had to retire from the event, finishing a very disappointing 10th. Sverre Isachsen absolutely dominated the event, leading all of the laps. Joni Wiman finished second, followed by Brian Deegan, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Rhy Millen rounding out the top-five.

“It is really important for the team,” Isachsen said. “We had built a new car for this season, and everybody put a lot of effort and time in the car. It’s really important, because to develop a car like this takes time. You do something wrong, but then something right, and of course we have a fast car. So it’s really important for everybody, all the Subaru guys, and especially also for me. I’ve fought such a long time here.”

With the second place finish, Joni Wiman now leads Ken Block by 12 in the driver points. Saturday’s finish was Wiman’s third podium in only eight days. So far this season, Wiman has two (Rounds 7 and 8) victories.

“It looked a bit bad in the first half of the season, but we worked hard and never gave up in the second half of the season, and that’s been really good,” Wiman said. “It’s amazing to lead the championship. I’m happy now, and I want to go. It feels amazing to be here. Of course I want to win a race, but another time. It was an amazing track—when we go out there the adrenaline started to rush, and I think it was the best track of the season. I really enjoyed it.”

The 10th and final round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will takes place on Wednesday, November 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NBC will air the event as a delay on Sunday, November 16.

Round 9 DirtFish Rally School Results:
1.) #11 Sverre Isachsen
2.) #31 Joni Wiman
3.) #38 Brian Deegan
4.) #75 Nelson Piquet Jr.
5.) #67 Rhys Millen
6.) #77 Scott Speed
7.) #18 Patrik Sandell
8.) #715 David Higgins
9.) #43 Ken Block
10.) #34 Tanner Foust
11.) #00 Steve Arpin
12.) #14 Austin Dyne
13.) #27 Emma Gilmour
14.) #81 Bucky Lasek

Driver Points:
1.) Joni Wiman 332
2.) Ken Block 320
3.) Nelson Piquet Jr. 304
4.) Scott Speed 303
5.) Sverre Isachsen 247
6.) Patrik Sandell 239
7.) Steve Arpin 208
8.) Rhys Millen 196
9.) Tanner Foust 178
10.) Bucky Lasek 173
11.) Austin Dyne 147
12.) Brian Deegan 127
13.) Emma Gilmour 40
14.) Pat Moro

Manufacturer Points:
1.) Ford 841
2.) Volkswagen 481
3.) Subaru 420
4.) Hyundai 236
5.) Chevrolet 5

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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