Temecula, CA — After a stellar Top-2 qualifying session, Mitchell DeJong’s podium hopes at the high-banked half mile of Bristol Motor Speedway were shattered on Saturday during Round 2 of the Global Rallycross Lites series, when turn-one contact broke a suspension mount eventually forcing him into the safety barrier and onto the flatbed tow truck.
The wild weekend at the “Coliseum” in Bristol, Tennessee started Friday in bright fashion with the debut of the new livery on the #24 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE GRC Lites race car. As the only Red Bull branded GRC Lite car in the world, the new look has turned some heads and garnered the attention of GRC fans from all over. Soon after the livery was placed, Mitchell went to work taking the shiny rocket into the first rounds of practice as he ran consistent lap times and inched his way toward the front. When it came time to qualify (aka seed) for the first heat race, Mitchell had tamed the steep 30 degree banked pavement course transitions, gravel lined chicanes, and high speed jump to nab the second place qualifier.