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‘Top Gear’s’ Tanner Foust Named Red Bull GRC Fan Favorite Driver

The two-time series champion won the GRC event in July on his way to finishing ninth in a hotly contested driver championship.

The ever-busy driver also wrapped shooting on the fourth season of Top Gear – in which he famously drove half of a Honda and tried his hand at truck racing, while also breaking in a VW Polo and later a Beetle on the hard-fought tracks of Global Rallycross.

“We’re really optimistic about the performance of that car,” he said of the Beetle during our interview in April. “And then also, just the chance to work with those engineers in development is pretty incredible.”

The Beetle made its debut at the Los Angeles GRC doubleheader in September. You can learn more about Tanner’s newest ride in the feature video below.

Tanner finished his season solidly, with a sixth-place finish at GRC Las Vegas on Wednesday evening. But his story wasn’t the only one worth talking about from an intense race week at The Linq Hotel & Casino.

The week began with four drivers still in championship contention, but it was first-year driver Joni Wiman – making the move to Supercars after a previous dominant season in junior division GRC Lites – who hung on to capture the overall title.

Wiman came out on top despite a strong final push from Ken Block that included winning the Las Vegas race. Unsurprisingly, Wiman was named GoPro Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

Emma Gilmour, who made history as the first female driver in GRC competition when she debuted at the season-opening event in Barbados, added her name to the record books a second time in Las Vegas.

She earned the fourth transfer spot in Wednesday’s Last Chance Qualifier and became the first woman to race in a GRC final. Gilmour ultimately crossed the finish line in seventh place.