The Gift The Keeps on Giving #3 | Wild in The Streets
(December 17) – The action continued thick and fast as the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship moved North of the border for round three, with a stop at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada in August.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed and Loenbro Hoonigan’s Ken Block had come together in round two at the Circuit of The Americas, but it was Speed’s VARX teammate, round one winner Tanner Foust that clashed with Block at GP3R. In Q2, as the 600 horsepower all-wheel drive Supercars ran door-to-door towards turn two, Foust tried an inside pass on Block’s #43 Ford Focus RS RX and his Volkswagen Beetle hit the wall head one. He was then hit by Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell.
The Andretti Volkswagen crew worked into the night to repair Foust’s car and he would make it back to the podium in the final in second, but by taking a second win in a row, the championship fight had swung in Speed’s favor.
In ARX2, the official support category to ARX, it was the first of two doubleheader weekends, with a round taking place on each day. It was another challenging weekend for DirtFish Motorsport’s Conner Martell, who first had to drive with broken rear suspension as he battled his way to the final on Saturday, then had a fight for the lead with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks. Martell won round two, and it was the points leader and Brooks who again battled for victory in round three on Sunday. After the joker laps, Brooks held the lead, but Martell pulled off the move of a champion in the final turns of lap five to take the lead and win number three.