Chris Atkinson racing hard at GRC LA
Sandell began Saturday’s racing action with solid results, including a heat victory and a second place finish in the Semi-final. Sandell then started strong in the Final, moving up to second position where he stayed for a majority of the race, keeping close to the leader. On the final two laps Sandell’s pace slowed slightly as he struggled with worn tires, but he held onto a strong third position overall.
“In the Final I had a great start and good clean laps but at the end my tires were starting to go away a bit and after that I just tried to bring it home clean,” explained Sandell. “Overall a good weekend and we have ended the season on a high note with great momentum. Thank you to Subaru and the crew at Vermont SportsCar for all the effort this year, it’s a pleasure to work with this team and the support from our fans is tremendous. We are really looking forward to next year.”
Sandell’s teammate Chris Atkinson had a challenging weekend after his #55 Subaru WRX STI Supercar was struck hard in the rear on an opening lap incident with another car during the first Heat race. In the Final, Atkinson started from the rear of the grid and made his way up to 6th position before a tire puncture forced him to retire, he was classified in 9th Overall at the finish.
“Subaru is very proud of Patrik, Chris and the entire team at Vermont SportsCar for consistently putting us on the podium this year,” stated Subaru motorsports manager Rob Weir. “With high confidence in our future rallycross development strategy, our goal will be the manufacturer’s title in 2018.”
Patrik Sandell celebrates his 3rd place finish at GRC
Factory Subaru drivers Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell will return with Subaru Rally Team USA for the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. To see an in-depth look into Subaru Rally Team USA’s 2017 season, check out the latest episode of Subaru Launch Control.