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GRC Race Preview: SEMA Show

Image via @wasmotorsport/Twitter

What had been a 16-car field for this year’s Global Rallycross Championship season finale at the SEMA Show has been whittled down to 14 after a pair of incidents in practice, while the fields for tomorrow’s heat races have also been set by preliminary heats run on Monday night.

Neither David Binks nor Jimmy Keeney competed in Monday’s heats after incidents on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Binks hit the edge of the dirt jump after failing to approach it with enough speed during Sunday’s practice, while Keeney missed a shift and also failed to take the jump earlier today. European champion Timur Timerzyanov also suffered an accident on Sunday, but his crew was able to repair the damage in time for today’s events.

Seeding took place earlier today, with Ken Block, Tanner Foust, and Timur Timerzyanov leading the way in three Ford Fiestas. Foust’s lone remaining championship rival, Brian Deegan, would qualify ninth, not the start he was looking for when challenging Foust for the championship tomorrow night.

Following seeding, the series put on a set of four heat races, marking the first time since the season opener at Charlotte that cars would take part in two heats and the first time all season that the heats would take place over two separate days. All four heats were won by Fiestas, as Ford continued its domination of the season thus far.

Image via Ken Block Instagram

In heat one, Block beat Pat Moro and Bucky Lasek, while Foust defeated Toomas Heikkinen and Rhys Millen in the second heat. Heat three saw Timerzyanov beat Stephan Verdier, Bryce Menzies (subbing for Travis Pastrana), and Liam Doran, who had lingering car troubles that prevented him from finishing. Finally, Deegan overcame his mid-pack qualifying run to win the fourth heat, beating Samuel Hubinette, while Subaru teammates Sverre Isachsen and Dave Mirra were unable to complete the heat. Mirra suffered a fire on the initial start.

Tomorrow’s race coverage will begin on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3 at 8 PM Eastern time. Coverage will start with the four heats scheduled to take place tomorrow, followed by the last chance qualifier and main event.

Live updates on today’s event came from Jason Balser and Cami Godoy.

– Chris Leone

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