Alex keyes Redbull GRC Lites Training at The FIRM
Alex Keyes is an up and coming rally driver in the GRC Lites scene. 2015 is his first season and we had the great honor of giving him some pointers on all wheel drive rally driving. We spent a few days of rigorous training in order to bring him up to speed for the beginning of the 2015 Redbull GRC season. Alex gave us his undivided attention and in return we gave him all we had. Duncker Felix is one of the top instructors here at The FIRM and he had the duty of passing down his knowledge to Alex. After about half a day Alex already had the hang of it and the rest of the time all he needed to do was build up his confidence in his newfound abilities.
Unfortunately, Alex Keyes was stricken with an illness just before his debut race in Fort Lauderdale in sunny South Florida. He has not going to risk his health by jumping in a 125-degree car and stress his body. We know he would have done great, but sometimes this stuff happens. He now has to work harder than the rest of the field to win points and get into the championship race. Maybe this is the motivation he needs to do the job. We believe in him and wish him the best. Good luck Alex!
For those who aren’t familiar with rally cross let me explain. Rallycross began many decades ago in Europe when the Group B stage rally class was banned from competition. The cars were way too fast and they were deemed unsafe for the country stages. The future of Group B seemed bleak but soon after they were beautifully re-purposed for rally cross. Instead of racing against the clock and passing trees at well over 130 mph they were now racing each other in wheel to wheel racing on a closed track. Just to be clear, Group B didn’t invent rallycross but they were responsible for rocketing rally cross into the limelight, making it one of the most exciting spectator motorsports on the planet. Rallycross is a wonderful mix of flat out rally car fury with wheel to wheel racing where the goal is to be physically in front of everyone else. In a typical rally cross, you will see rally cars flying through the air, Bumping into each other, and drifting endlessly through corners. If you get the chance to see it in person, then I highly suggest witnessing this in person.