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GRC Insider: Olsbergs Scoring Most Points Per Entry

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Swedish-based Olsbergs MSE may be loading the Global Rallycross Championship field with up to five cars per race weekend, but its best teams are so strong that they’re scoring the most points per entry of the seven premier teams over the course of the year.

In 16 starts spread over its five teams, Olsbergs-prepared Fords have scored 204 points, for an average of 12.75 points per start. They’ve scored two wins, both belonging to Marcus Gronholm, and seven podiums in that time frame, while only one car (Toomas Heikkinen at Texas) has missed a final event in that time.

Second in the category is the now-dissolved privateer Scott-Eklund Racing, whose Saabs have taken 88 points in eight combined starts for an average of 11. Samuel Hubinette scored the organization’s best finish with a second place at New Hampshire, while both Hubinette and owner-driver Andy Scott added top five finishes to open the season at Charlotte.

Third strongest is Rhys Millen Racing, whose drivers Stephan Verdier and Rhys Millen have tallied 76 points in seven combined starts to average 10.86 points per start. Verdier has the team’s lone podium at Charlotte to start the year, making three of four main events in the process; Millen has scored at least 11 points in each of his three starts, with best finishes of fourth at both Texas and X Games.

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The Monster World Rally Team of Ken Block has scored 40 points this season for an average of 10 points per start, ranking it fourth on this list. Block has seen his share of struggles, including incidents in heat races at both Charlotte and New Hampshire, but turned in one of the most heroic drives of the season at X Games by placing second in the final despite suffering a punctured tire. In fifth place is another Monster Energy-backed team, Liam Doran’s Monster Energy Citroen Rallycross Team, which has only made three starts but scored 27 points for an average of nine per start.

Sixth place Pastrana199 Racing has seen a challenging year thus far, with lead driver Travis Pastrana suffering bad luck in each of the first three events of the season. Pastrana missed the main events at both Texas and X Games, where his team campaigned two cars apiece, and thus scaled back for New Hampshire. In response, he won there, taking the victory and 21 of his team’s 38 total points. Over six starts, that’s an average of 6.33 points per race.

Rounding out this list is the Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team, which has campaigned three cars all season and added a fourth for X Games. Unfortunately, that extra X Games car, belonging to current Rally America champion David Higgins, has scored the team’s best finish of the year, an eighth place in the final. Higgins, Dave Mirra, Bucky Lasek, and three-time defending European Rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen have combined for 74 points in 13 starts for an average of 5.69 points per car per start.

– Chris Leone

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