Martell awarded ARX2 Championship Trophy in South Africa
(November 27) – DirtFish Motorsports driver Conner Martell completed his 2018 rallycross season at the final round of the RX2 International Series in the World RX of South Africa on Sunday, and was also awarded the Championship trophy for winning the inaugural ARX2 title this year.
In the first ever season of Americas Rallycross (ARX), Martell was the standout performer in the official support category, ARX2, and won three events to claim the title in the final weekend at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, in September. “I’m really happy with winning the ARX2 Championship and I’m so happy for the DirtFish team,” said the 2018 Champion. “I’ve been with them for three years and we’ve put a lot of work into it. Every season we’ve always had something at the end so I’m really happy we were able to do it this year. It was nice to get the trophy in South Africa and it will be nice to have it at home to stare at for a while before I have to give it back. It was special to receive the trophy at the South African race and to do it on the podium with a big crowd there.”
Martell has attributed his ARX2 success to the work of the DirtFish team. “I think I’m more happy for them than I am for myself. I know what work they’ve put in and I definitely know what work I put in. We’ve been at it for a long time, they’ve spent so much effort and money on getting where they need their team to be and they finally did it so without them I wouldn’t have gotten the Championship.”
The 21-year-old is still working on plans for next season, but is keen to continue his rallycross career, and is excited for the future of rallycross in America. “Hopefully if I continue to drive for DirtFish again next year and we can do it again, I’ve had a really good year. It’s really nice that ARX stepped in this year and got a series going so fast, even if it was only four rounds, it’s going to keep growing from there. It’s nice to have a proper series in America now that will be consistent and they know what they’re doing.”