The Gift That Keeps on Giving #1: The Champions
(December 24) – The intense fight for supremacy in the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship went right down to the wire in the final round at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
With both Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed (Supercar) and DirtFish Motorsports Conner Martell (ARX2) taking the most wins in the two ARX classes ahead of the final round, both drivers lead the points heading to Texas. On the back of wins at COTA and GP3R, Volkswagen Beetle driver Speed entered the final round with a nine point lead over VARX team mate Tanner Foust. But for the majority of qualifying it was round one winner Foust who held the upper hand as a mistaken double joker lap in Q1 and a spin in Q2 after contact with Loenbro Hoonigan’s Ken Block held Speed back. But, he was fastest in Q4 then won semifinal two to become the first ever ARX Champion.
In ARX2, Martell had a small seven point lead in the single make class even though he had won three finals before COTA in September, then was beaten to victory on day one by Robbie Buhl’s Alex Keyes in the first final of the double header. But, two fastest times in the fifth and final race day of 2018 before semifinal victory gave Martell the title.
Speed and Martell, names that will go down in history as the inaugural ARX Champions.