Ken Block and Tanner Foust earned the top two spots Monday night in Las Vegas during seeding sessions for the final round of the Global RallyCross Championship season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.
Block and Foust earned the inside positions for each of Tuesday's heats at the course across from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Foust leads Brian Deegan by six points in the overall standings [72 points to 66 points], and the two were originally scheduled to face each other in Heat 2B on Tuesday, but Deegan successfully appealed a time penalty. Deegan will now race against Block in Heat 2A while Foust will face the rival he finished second behind in the 2012 European Rallycross Championship season. Newly crowned ERC champion Timur Timerzyanov made his North American racing debut and finished third in the seeding sessions.
Samuel Hubinette is in third overall with 50 points and will race in Heat 2A against Deegan and Block, who is in fourth place with 49 points. They will be joined by , Pat Moro, Sverre Isachsen, Bryce Menzies and Dave Mirra.
David Binks, who escaped with just bruises after his car rolled end-over-end during practice Sunday, did not take part in seeding but he and his Olsbergs MSE team held out hope the Ford Fiesta Mk7 could be repaired by Tuesday despite extensive damage.
"It's in a pretty bad way," OMSE team owner Andreas Eriksson said in a news release Monday. "It needs a new door pillar, roof and body panels and parts such as uprights. The roll cage stood up well to the impact and is fine, but it looks like the chassis will need to go on the jig. We will do our best to get David's car running."
Oddsmakers at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel Race & Sports Book last week opened wagering on the GRC SEMA final and the latest odds Tuesday morning had Foust at 5 to 2 to win, Deegan at 3 to 1, Timerzyanov at 7 to 1, Hubinette at 8 to 1 and Block at 10 to 1. Binks, understandably, is the longshot at 30 to 1 along with Moro at 28 to 1. Heikkinen's odds opened at 28 to 1, but the young and aggressive Finnish driver is now listed at 14 to 1 to win.
Full coverage of the GRC season finale will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN2 and ESPN3.