Red Bull Global Rallycross Pre-Race Party for island fans
Island motor sport fans will get the chance to mix and mingle with the stars of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship when they make the almost 12,000-kilometre round trip to Bushy Park Barbados next month (October 3/4) for the double-header penultimate round of their 2015 campaign.
Points leader Ken Block (Hoonigan Racing Division) returns to the Caribbean at a crucial stage in the Championship, after his advantage was slashed from 41 to just 13 points by Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross), who became the first driver in Red Bull GRC history to win both rounds of a double-header last weekend (September 12/13) in Los Angeles. Former Toro Rosso grand prix driver Speed won at Bushy Park last year, while his sixth and seventh career victories in LA have moved him to the top of the all-time Supercar winners’ table ahead of Block, who had earned his sixth victory in the previous round in Detroit in July.
In GRC Lites, the feeder category which joins the Supercars on the bill in Barbados for the first time, the title fight is even closer, with Austin Cindric (Olsbergs MSE) and Miles Maroney (Dreyer and Reinbold Racing) tied on points and Cindric’s team-mate Oliver Eriksson just five behind.
The Pre-Race Party in the Bushy Park Clubhouse on Friday evening (October 2), which will run from 7.30pm to 10.00pm, will allow local fans to meet all those involved in the staging of Red Bull GRC, including drivers, officials and sponsors.
Bushy Park Barbados Inc (BPCI) Business Development & Marketing Manager Zoe Manning said: “This is a great opportunity for our patrons to get together with our visitors. There will be an official welcome to the international teams, a Question & Answer session with the drivers, photo opportunities, a chance to collect autographs, plus give-aways, competitions and much more. After the formalities, Kirk Brown and DJ Indian are sure to keep the mood lively.”
Last year’s first visit of Red Bull Global Rallycross was hosted as part of Top Gear Festival Barbados, with just Supercar action spread across two days, running alongside TGF’s other attractions. This year, there will be a full programme of Red Bull GRC action, as the event is not only a double-header, with Saturday and Sunday separate rounds of the Championship, but the addition of GRC Lites increases the on-track action almost two-fold.
A programme of approaching 30 races includes heats and semi-finals, Last Chance Qualifiers and Finals, with practice and qualifying adding up to 15 hours of on-track action over the weekend, with Driver Introductions, Medal Ceremonies, post-Final interviews and autograph sessions all helping connect with fans.
With only the 12th and final round to follow – at Las Vegas on November 4 – and the points so close at the sharp end of both Supercar and GRC Lites, the Bushy Park double-header might prove to be a championship-deciding weekend.
Tickets are on sale on-line at bushyparkbarbados.com/grc-tickets and at all Automotive Art Outlets; Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens, Wildey; Digicel Sheraton, Sky Mall; CS Pharmacy.