Top Gear Festival Hosts First Round in the Race Towards the Red Bull GRC Championship
Fans and supporters of the most winning team in Global Rallycross (GRC) history will be chanting “Go, Joni, Go!” as the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicks off in Barbados at the Top Gear Festival on May 18. Bluebeam® Rallycross joins Red Bull in sponsoring Joni Wiman and his OMSE Ford Fiesta ST.
Wiman graduates to the Supercars class of competition this season after wins in every race of the GRC Lites series last year. The rookie will be racing alongside rallycross superstars including Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Patrik Sandell. The Red Bull GRC qualifiers and races will take place throughout the weekend, with the festival coming to an adrenaline-charged close will be broadcast on NBC at 1pm EST on Sunday, May 24 as the top drivers compete in the final round to earn a spot on the podium.
Top Gear Festival Barbados will be the only Red Bull Global Rallycross event taking place outside of the US this year. Wiman will be looking to take checkered flags across the country with a schedule that includes the X Games in Austin, TX in early June to the season closer in Las Vegas, NV in November.
“Coming off a perfect season in the Lites series, we expect to see Joni do some extreme driving,” said Richard Lee, President and CEO of Bluebeam. “We’re looking forward to seeing Joni channel his young energy into some high octane action and show that there are no limits to what he can do on the track.”
“Everything went so well last year in Lites and I’m really excited to get started on my first Supercars season this weekend," said driver Joni Wiman. "My mentor, Marcus Gronholm, has made the trip to Barbados to be here and it feels great to have such strong support in 2014 from friends and sponsors like Red Bull and Bluebeam.”
The Red Bull Global Rallycross races will be broadcast on the NBC network.
Top Gear Live & Top Gear Festival
Offering a variation on more traditional motor shows Top Gear Live and Top Gear Festival brings the spirit of the TV programme to the live events arena allowing fans to immerse themselves in their passion for Top Gear and motoring in general. Starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and The Stig the event features an exhilarating mix of stunts, supercars and challenges. Top Gear Live has been running world tours since 2008 entertaining over 1.8 million visitors. Note: the format of the event and presenter line-up can vary in different countries. Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events Ltd.
About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. More information at www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com
About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Bluebeam Software's innovative desktop, mobile and cloud solutions push the limits of digital collaboration to enable professionals, who work in the most document-intensive industries, to do what they do, better. Driven by the belief that there are no limits to what you can achieve, Bluebeam has been involved in extreme sports and rally racing since 2010. Currently, Bluebeam is sponsoring Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar Finnish newcomer, Joni Wiman. For more about Bluebeam Rally, visit rally.bluebeam.com.