Scott Speed Scores Perfect Weekend in D.C.

Check out what went down as Mother Nature soaked the track for Red Bull GRC in Washington D.C.

Volkswagen broke Ford’s two-year podium stranglehold in Washington D.C., this Saturday as Scott Speed took the win and teammate Tanner Foust made a last-lap pass to edge into third and maintain his series lead. Second place went to Ford driver Patrik Sandell, who put in a solid drive on the fast D.C. track on the grounds of RFK Stadium, finishing all three heats in the top three on the way to the final.MORE: Gone in Under Two Seconds: The Cars of Red Bull GRC

Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track
Speed celebrates after a perfect weekend on track© LARRY CHEN / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

“Yes! We finally win here!” said an enthusiastic Speed at the finish. The result moves him into second in the points, just six points behind his teammate Foust with four races remaining in the 12-round championship. Speed scored a perfect weekend, earning the top qualifying spot and winning both heats and the semifinal round on the way to his second victory of 2016. He also won the race at MCAS New Riverearlier this month.

Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win
Scott Speed leads en route to his first D.C. win© CHRIS TEDESCO / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

He made it look easy, but the weekend wasn’t without its challenges throughout the field. Early racing was uncharacteristically rough, with Sandell nosing into a tire pack in the first heat of the weekend, teammates-turned-rivals Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin colliding through the first corner and collecting Subaru’s Bucky Lasek in a Round 1 pileup, and Nelson Piquet Jr., back in the series for the first time this year, slamming the wall during qualifying before setting a fast lap.

On Saturday, all cars were back on track and performing well when weather swept through the nation’s capital, leaving the track slick and muddy for the main event. And with a significant shortcut available from the joker and the placement of the big dirt jump on the last corner, the on-track action was intense.In semifinal racing, Sandell saved his joker for the last lap and nearly stole the lead from Foust. In the final, Sandell trailed a smooth and fast Speed to the checkered flag while Foust and Deegan ran door-to-door for most of the 10-lap race.

Fans were on their feet as the longtime rivals Foust and Deegan diced back and forth, with Deegan holding off multiple attacks from Foust. On the sixth lap, a hard-charging Foust spun out but recovered to resume the challenge for the podium. Foust finally found a way past Deegan on the final lap and stole the final spot on the podium.The Red Bull Global Rallycross championship continues in Atlantic City, August 28.

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