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 for the double-header penultimate round of their 2015 campaign on October 3 and 4.
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 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 October 2, which will run from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 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 and 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.”
One lucky race fan, a regular member of Bushy Park’s family of grid girls, has already won the chance to be involved throughout the Red Bull GRC weekend. Voted by the loudest cheers of the fans at last Sunday’s Williams Industries Digicel International Race Meet, Nicola Badnock –– aka “Number 10” –– will be the GRC 30-Second Girl, with the responsibility for holding up the penultimate warning board before the start of each race.
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.