• Mar 27, 2011

Global Rally Cross at Irwindale Speedway - Click above to watch video after the jump

Global Rally Cross kicked off its inaugural even yesterday at Irwindale Speedway. Drivers raced in bracket-style competition on a mixture of dirt and gravel stages. Competitors each ran events in two and four-wheel-drive cars.

Marcus Gronholm sealed victory at the wheel of a 550-horsepower Ford Fiesta in the all-wheel-drive round, beating out Swedish star Michael Jernberg in second and Formula Drift superstar (and U.S. Top Gear host) Tanner Faust in third.

Gronholm's victory shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched him drive WRC cars in the early 2000s. For his part, Gronholm wasn't too shocked either, and attributed his victory in part to experience with motocross. Check out video of the event after the jump.

[Source: Rally Buzz via Jalopnik]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I attended fridays race and there was max 200 fans there. No advertising and I only found it while looking for something else. I was great meeting the drivers and being in the paddock area, but really, there were no fans there at all. First event jitters? Maybe, but it really needs a lot more hype.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marcus Gronholm was one of the reasons I watched WRC.. Such a great talent and a great person. I was really saddened to hear that he left a few seasons ago but it;s great to see him out and driving again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can the WRC hire Ken Block's marketing team because I totally would have gone to this? Take a look at the stands. It's a shame so few people were at such a cool event.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the head to head race from friday. In the multi-car rallycross that took place yesterday marcus gronholm got first, tanner foust second, and stephen verdier got third.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish there was a decent video on such an amazing event...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or at least the race as a whole on this roof mount
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's not a Suzuki -- it's a Skoda and it was a fan favorite as he was often fastest on the track. Sadly, after two DNFs due to mechanical gliches on Saturday he did not make the sensational final round, which was won by Gronholm.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gronholm and Tanner with Fiestas should go to Pikes Peak!?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Tanner has been taking his Fiesta to Pikes Peak for the last 2 years. It actually has 250 more horsepower than the car he runs in this series.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good highlight footage, as far as it goes. Watch the stands next time you view this. There's hardly anyone there. That's very sad. Advertisers won't support something with such poor attendance. Yes, I'm sure that the TV coverage will help a lot, but I'd like to hear why no one was there.