Tanner Foust makes ARX history at Speedmachine
15:00 GMT (May 27, 2018) – Tanner Foust has made history by winning the first ever Americas Rallycross (ARX) round at Silverstone in the United Kingdom as part of the Speedmachine Festival.
The Volkswagen Beetle Supercar driver led the action-packed final from the front after starting on pole position. He survived an early challenge at turn two from Austria’s Timo Scheider, who dived ahead of Foust’s team-mate, Scott Speed, as the trio went three-wide.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Speed took his joker lap – an extra route every driver has to take in each ARX race - after falling behind LD Motorsports’ Liam Doran at the hairpin on lap one. The pair had previously gone side-by-side over the jump on the opening lap, while chasing Foust and Scheider.
However, Scheider’s challenge ended in dramatic fashion on lap four when he lost control through turn nine and hit the wall. The ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport driver was classified in fifth position ahead of Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins, who was also forced to retire during the race.
Britain’s Doran took a hard-fought third place after emerging ahead of Subaru’s Patrick Sandell on lap five following his joker. The X Games Gold medallist followed Foust and Speed over the finish line. Sweden’s Patrik Sandell chased Doran in the closing stages and finished fourth.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s Chris Atkinson lost out on a place in the final following a slow getaway in semi-final one. The former World Rally Championship star finished fourth but missed out on a place in the final as only the top-three drivers from each semi-final progress. Germany’s Rene Munnich finished fourth in semi-final two, as Great Britain’s Andy Scott and France’s Philippe Maloigne also went out in the semi-finals.
Tanner Foust, No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross: "This track is pretty interesting, there's sections where it got grippy but then it actually polished like dust on top of polished concrete and so it just took a huge amount of discipline and it made it difficult to race side-by-side as we saw; carnage everywhere. It's a good start and of course having the Andretti [Volkswagen Andretti Rallysport] team over here; I mean I've raced over here before but having the Andretti Autosport team over here with this new series is epic. I mean these guys put together a brand new car every single heat and it's just awesome."