Speed Wins Q2 Amidst Drama and Martell Continues Dominating Performance

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed again set the quickest time in Q2 in round three of Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada.

But, while Speed was clear out front in a session of high drama, his teammate Tanner Foust crashed out by hitting the wall on the inside of turn two head-on while trying to overtake Loenbro/Hoonigan’s Ken Block. His Volkswagen Beetle was then collected by Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell.

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The race was red flagged to recover the damaged cars as Foust was given the all clear by the medical staff at the circuit. In the re-run, Speed won and Block finished second, but had a door to door battle with Subaru’s Chris Atkinson on lap four after the joker section.

Block was second in the Q2 times and Steve Arpin put both Ford Focus RS RX’s in the top three by winning race one. Atkinson was fourth in Q2, Britain’s Oliver Bennett was fifth and Germany’s Rene Munnich, making his return to ARX was sixth. Subaru’s third WRX STI, driven by Canadian hero Jacques Villeneuve, retired with broken suspension. 

In ARX2, the official single-make all-wheel drive support series to ARX, DirtFish Motorsport’s Conner Martell dominated again, but had to pass Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Travis PeCoy on lap one after he was overtaken at the first turn. PeCoy was second quickest in Q2 and Scott Anderson made it two DirtFish cars in the top three by winning race one. Matt Carpoff lost time after contact with Cabot Bigham at turn three in Q2 race one and Bigham was given a five second penalty.

Tiernay Oliver