May 31, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
After several successful off-season tests, it was shaping up to be a strong year for Geoff Sykes, especially with the hiring of a new race team to campaign the 2015 season. In the weeks leading up to the first round, the car was stripped down and prepared, however time limitations ultimately resulted in reduced pre-race testing and set up.
“I figured we’d be a frontrunner out of the box,” said Geoff, “but we ended up struggling for pace.”
Aside from a lack of grip on the tight, mainly asphalt track, the car also suffered some mechanical issues and because of a missed race, that meant Geoff started from the back of the ten car field in the Finals.
“Track time during the race weekend is critical for getting up to speed”, commented Geoff. “That, and getting a good qualifying time, especially on a short tight track like this where passing is extremely difficult”.
In the Finals, Geoff was able to move up 5 spots to finish fifth, and at one point was even running fourth. A tough first round in the championship, but a great result having started last.
ABOUT RALLYCROSS AND GEOFF SYKES
Rallycross combines circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition with intense, crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment, featuring a challenging course that includes jumps, unbanked turns and changing track and surface conditions that can include dirt, gravel and wet asphalt.
Geoff Sykes is driving his third season in Global Rallycross, having come from an autocross and road racing background with multiple records and championships in the BMW CCA racing series, and is the 2013 GT champion in the US Touring Car Championship.
Sykes’ rallycross racing includes support from SONY Team Action Cam, RallyPro at The Firm, BendPak and Midnight Oil.
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