Drivers using Motegi Racing wheels registered podium finishes in the two major international rallycross championship events over the weekend.
Rookie Joni Wiman finished second in his No. 31 Olsbergs MSE Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST and took over the championship points lead in the Red Bull Global Rallycross event near Seattle, Washington.
The new Motegi Racing RX Evo 15 wheel made its debut in the FIA World Rallycross of Italy, and rookie Richard Goransson, driving an Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, put it on the second step of the podium.
Red Bull Global Rallycross
Joni Wiman, a 20-year-old Supercars rookie, won both of his heats on the way to a second-place finish on Saturday to advance to the top of the standings. With one race remaining on the 2014 calendar, Wiman now leads the title chase by 12 points over fellow Ford driver Ken Block, 332-320.
"It's surprising to be here in my first season of Supercars competition," said Wiman. "Now it comes down to keeping a cool head at the final race in November and we'll see where we end up in the championship."
Motegi drivers Nelson Piquet, who finished fourth in his No. 75 JH Racing Ford Fiesta ST, and Scott Speed, who finished sixth in his No. 77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Polo, rank third and fourth in the championship standings heading into the season finale Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Piquet has 304 points and Speed 303.
GRC Lites also returned to the series this weekend in Seattle for their eighth round of 2014 competition. Red Bull / Olsbergs MSE driver Mitchell DeJong scored yet another win -- his sixth of the season -- to tie up his first GRC Lites championship title. Although there is one race remaining in the season, there is no driver close enough in points to overtake DeJong for the championship. Motegi Racing wheels are spec for GRC Lites. Austin Cindric finished second and Alejandro Fernandez was third in Lites.
FIA World Rallycross
The new Motegi Racing RX Evo 15 wheel made its debut at the FIA World Rallycross of Italy, and Richard Goransson put it on the podium in his first Supercar race! Goransson finished second in a Ford Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST.
“I am speechless; it has been an absolutely crazy weekend,” said Goransson, a multiple Swedish Touring car champion who moved up from RX Lites. “This has been my first ever Supercar event and I would have been happy to have made the semifinals, never mind second overall. I kept out of trouble in the final and that’s what led to this result.”
Regular Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud retired on lap two after a string of misfortunate events over the weekend and finished sixth. Bakkerud’s teammate Reinis Nitiss was still in the title fight with Peter Solberg but the 18-year-old’s chances of the World RX title was shattered when Nitiss was knocked out of the semis. Solberg, who finished third, clinched the FIA World Rallycross championship with one event remaining.