Three Rounds in Trois-Rivieres: Cole Keatts and Conner Martell


The Canadian doubleheader round of ARX2, the official support category to Americas Rallycross (ARX) will be an intense weekend for two of America’s rising young rallycross stars.

Round one winner Conner Martell and podium-finisher Cole Keatts will race in both ARX2 and the RX2 International Series, the support class to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada this weekend.

Martell won at the Circuit of The Americas last month driving for Dirtfish Motorsports and will also drive for Team Faren in RX2 this weekend, as Keatts doubles-up by driving for the Keatts Motorsport in and OlsbergsMSE in RX2.

Both drivers will hit the famous street circuit over 25 times, racing in three separate events over two days. “It’s going to be a one of a kind experience and it’s going to be a lot of track time which I’m really looking forward to,” said Keatts. “Definitely we’ve got to make sure our endurance is up, it’s going to be a lot of work out. We figured we’re gonna be on track 28 times between three different events. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

After his third place at COTA, Keatts thinks finding a setup for the Canadian track by driving two cars will make it an easier process. “I think we’ll be able to come up with setups way quicker than some of the other teams out there, I have some awesome team mates and they’re going to be helping me too. We’ve been physically working out with my trainer to try and get prepared as much as possible for this event. I know I’m going to be tired at the end but I know we can run the number all the time. It’s going to be focusing on no mistakes and hopefully we have luck on my side. We’ve got a great car there and hopefully we can be on the podium again.”

For Vermont driver Martell, Trois-Rivieres is the closest event to his home this season. “It’s going to be a very long weekend. Cardio is definitely going to play a big part because I’ll be getting off the track and going right back into another car,” he said. “We’re hoping we can get both cars about the same so there’s not a big difference, but I’m excited. There’s going to be a lot of track time which is good for me and I’m hoping I can keep the points lead in ARX2. I love the track and it’s supposed to be nice out, so we’ll see what happens.”

After a dominant display in the final last time out, Martell is aiming for gold again this weekend. “It’s cool that me and Cole are the only ones doing the two series. I was excited to get back in the Dirtfish car at COTA because I work really well with the team and we always had a really good setup in the car. We had a problem in Q2 but everything apart from that we won and I’m carrying a lot of confidence into this weekend.”

Tiernay Oliver