The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season is coming to a close this weekend in the city of Los Angeles. This is the seventh year that the GRC teams have stopped in LA and only the second year that the season finale has been held in California. Each year, a massive amount of action sports fans make their way to the Port of LA to watch their favorite drivers and teams bump, jump and slide their way around the tight track in an attempt to end their season on the top step of the podium one final time.
For DirtFish Motorsports, the 2017 season has been one to remember! DirtFish Drivers, Conner Martell and James Rimmer, have both seen some serious highs and devastating lows throughout the season. Most recently, at their previous race in Seattle, Conner was involved in one of the worst wrecks of his career. A tire on his car delaminated on the fastest section of the track, sending him spinning into the wall. Following the impact, Conner was taken to the hospital to be checked out and was ultimately cleared by the doctors. Thankfully, he came away with only minor injuries.
The following day, James had the most successful day of his career, nearly repeating the domination that Conner had achieved one-year prior at the 2016 GRC Seattle race. James won heat race one, heat race two and the semifinal! Unfortunately, during the final race, one of the other drivers made contact with James’ car, which ended up breaking the steering shaft and forced him to retire early.
As soon as the race in Seattle had concluded, Conner and James already had their sights set on Los Angeles. Both drivers have spent a good amount of time at DirtFish, working behind the wheel of a Subaru WRX STI rally car as well as a GRC Lites car, which is identical to the one they compete in. Having the DirtFish fleet and property available for training is one of the best tools that DirtFish can provide to their drivers throughout the year, and is one of the keys to their success.
Any driver who competed in Los Angeles last year, will have a small leg up this weekend. The track that GRC has constructed for this year’s race is roughly the same compact layout as the track in 2016. With so many tight turns, it will be difficult to move up in positions by simply passing. It will be important for Conner and James to finish well in qualifying and heat races. That will put them out in front for the semifinal. As long as they are able to keep their cars in one piece at the front of the pack through the semifinal, they will set themselves up for a great starting position in the final.
Throughout the season, both drivers have been able to prove their skills and show how dominant they are able to be. The 2017 season has been one of the most exciting for DirtFish Motorsports, the two drivers and the entire crew who have kept the cars in amazing shape all season. We look forward to seeing how it will all conclude in Los Angeles.
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