Scott Speed and Fraser McConnell Lead ARX and ARX2 Fields after Q1

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross finished one-two with its Volkswagen Beetle Supercars in Qualifying one at the DirtFish ARX of COTA, the first ever ARX event to be held in the USA at the Circuit of The Americas.

Scott Speed took the hole shot from pole position in Q1 race one as his team mate, ARX round one winner Tanner Foust headed straight for the turn one joker lap together with Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell. Speed kept his lead until he took his joker on the final lap and just held onto track position at the exit from a charging Foust behind, the two Beetles running together to finish the race and the qualifier overall first and second. Loenbro Hoonigan’s Steve Arpin took his joker on lap three in race one, in the first ever appearance for the Ford Focus RS RX in ARX and finished third behind the Volkswagens, and is third in the Q1 results, with Sandell fourth overall.

Gymkhana star Ken Block won Q1 race two in the sister Focus to Arpin and was fifth quickest. Britain’s Oliver Bennett in the Xite Racing BMW Mini Cooper took the main lap at turn one and led until he took his joker on lap four, where he came out in the small gap between Block and Subaru’s Australian driver, Chris Atkinson. But Atkinson, who was second on lap one before taking his joker to get clean air, moved back up to second before the chequer when Bennett spun on the final lap. Making his return to rallycross just a week after recreating Evel Knivel jumps in Las Vegas, Travis Pastrana finished Q1 seventh.

In the first ever round of ARX2 at COTA in Austin, Texas, Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell won Q1 race one and was quickest overall ahead of Dirtfish team mate Conner Martell. Christian Brooks won Q1 race two after a lap four battle with James Rimmer and Cole Keatts and was third quickest. Keatts retired when he was forced into the already retired car of Travis PeCoy after the dirt section.

Remember you can watch all the action from the Dirtfish ARX of COTA on ARX’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

Tiernay Oliver