Speed and Martell Pick up Where They Left off in Canada

Americas Rallycross (ARX) Championship leader Scott Speed set the quickest time in Q1 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada to take an early lead of ARX Round 3.

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Speed reacted fastest away from the start in Q1 Race 2 and led the field from the front for the full race to beat the best time set by Loenbro/Hoonigan’s Ken Block in race one, the round two podium finisher taking the race one win after a side-by-side battle with team mate Steve Arpin at turn one.

Third quickest was Speed’s teammate, ARX Round 1 winner Tanner Foust, who started on the outside of the grid in Q1 race two and was the meat in a sandwich between Speed and Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell, who finished the race third and was fifth quickest, behind his Subaru teammate Chris Atkinson.

Australia’s Atkinson passed home hero Arpin for track position and a place in the times in Q1 Race 1 as former Indianapolis 500 winner and former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve made his ARX debut and was seventh. Britain’s Oliver Bennett and Germany’s Rene Munnich completed the Q1 field after making slower starts than their rivals, Munnich left on the starting grid.

In the first ARX2 qualifying races of the weekend in Canada, Round 1 winner (at the Circuit of The Americas) Conner Martell won Race 2 and took the best time for Dirtfish Motorsports. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks and Robbie Burl’s Alex Keyes were second and third on track to Martell and in the Q1 times.

Brooks’ teammate Travis Pecoy held onto fifth time even with broken rear suspension on his car for most of race one. He was ahead of Cabot Bigham in his first ARX2 start. Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell crashed out even before the first turn in Q1 after contact with Scott Anderson.

Tiernay Oliver