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FT. WORTH, TX. – It’s clear that Texas loves Fiesta.
Ford Fiestas took all three spots on the Texas Motor Speedway podium Saturday with Olsbergs MSE teammates Marcus Gronholm, Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan during the second round of Global Rallycross Championship (GRC).
“Qualifying first gave me a reasonable start which is the key to my win and my car was good through-out the race,” said Gronholm.
Posting the fastest qualifying time on Friday, Gronholm took the victory in the final heat and advances to X Games 18 as the GRC points leader. Much like the season opener in Charlotte, Foust finished second, repeating the 1-2 finish. There were three-starts during the final.
“Marcus was unbeatable, in every one of the three races that we did for the final, he was in the lead so he deserves the win,” said Foust.
Foust will advance to X Games second in points. He drove his Fiesta aggressively through three starts and six additional laps in the final GRC race.
“GRC is a critical series for car manufacturers to show how cool these small cars can be,” said Foust.
The final race of round 2 of the 2012 GRC season pushed the drivers and cars with two red flags. With each red flag, three laps were added to the final, thrilling fans with an extra long race.
“It was the hottest GRC I’ve raced in but it was a great race, fans were on their feet, and it was a cool to show the audience something that they may have never seen before on such an awesome stage,” said Foust.
Brian Deegan, the 2011 GRC X Games gold medalist and teammate to Gronholm and Foust, won the third GRC qualifying heat and advanced to the final with a key starting position.
“The bottom line is you had to get a good start here because it’s hard to pass. They built the jump in and it was awesome with a sweet spot at the bottom. I didn’t even need to look at the speedometer, I just hit it by feel and that part of the track worked really well for me,” said Deegan.
Deegan, driver of the Rockstar Energy/Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta, dominated the 70-foot jump and secured his spot to race for his second gold medal at X Games 18.
“I think this was a good race for me, going in to X, now I know I can win and that I have a car that can win. I’m going into X Games confident that I proved my skill set here,” said Deegan.
Fiestas dominated three of the four qualifying heats and five of six Fiestas in the field made the 10-car GRC final.
David Binks, driver of the Best Buy Mobile Serve Ford Fiesta, finished fifth. Ken Block and his Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta ran strong, but finished 8th, and secured an invitation to X Games.
The Global Rallycross Championship has next two weekends off before returning to action June 30 – July 1 in Los Angeles, CA at X Games 18.