Red Bull’s self-sanctioned Global Rallycross Series has (apparently) been operating since 2011, and has been floating in the periphery of motorsport until as recently as late last year. It has been a fringe sport for a few years, but this year is shaping up to be legitimately an interesting breakthrough year for the series. In all honesty, I’d mostly forgotten all about the series until I happened to be in Vegas during their season finale last year (in conjunction with SEMA). It is entirely possible for this series to begin entering the public consciousness within a few years, and if it proves to be as exciting as it promises, that would be no real surprise.
With a heat-race formula, short sprints, a wide variety of chassis, engines, and manufacturers, and some of the most exciting ‘stars’ in racing, the 2014 GRC should shape up to a bit more than some hooligans in hot hatches, but no less fun to watch. Sure, it has some gimmicks, like the so-called ‘joker lap’, and ‘the penalty box’, but don’t get it mixed up, there are some real emotions and real racing going on here. One need look no further than the unchanging expression on Rhys Millen’s face to determine that this is nothing less than srs bzns. This weekend, it all kicks off in Barbados, and personally, I’m looking forward to it.
After the jump, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. In previous installments, we have covered The United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hour, Indycar, the Pirelli World Challenge, the FIA World Endurance Championship, and Formula 1.
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