Foust Leads Saturday Sessions, Keyes Tops ARX2 Heading into the Afternoon
(2:30 p.m. - September 29, 2018) – The battle to become the first ever Americas Rallycross (ARX) Champion heated up even further on the first day of the season finale at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
In a repeat of Q1, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust again took the lead of his race in Q2 from the lights going out and set the quickest time to take the day one top qualifier. Loenbro Hoonigan’s Steve Arpin was again second in his Ford Focus RS RX and is second overall.
But, Championship leader Scott Speed was spun at turn one in the joker after contact from Ken Block’s Ford Focus. Speed saved the spinning Volkswagen Beetle and finished the race fourth, and was fifth quickest overall. Speed admitted a mistake in taking a second joker in Q1, but Block did the same in Q2. He had first been passed by GC Kompetition’s Liam Doran, the Renault Megane RS RX driver moving inside Block’s Focus at the entry to the second dirt section when Block was trying to pass his team mate Arpin.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen won Q2 race one after a turn one joker to beat team mates Patrick Sandell and Chris Atkinson and set third quickest time. Topi is fourth at the end of the first day at COTA, behind Doran. Block was ninth quickest in Q2 behind Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett.
In ARX2 Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes was quickest in Q2 when he passed Dirtfish’s Conner Martell, who spun into the dirt section on lap three. Dryer and Reinbold Racing’s Cabot Bigham held off team mate Travis PeCoy on lap one of his race and was second quickest as PeCoy stopped out on track. Keatts Motorsport’s Cole Keatts was third.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
3:10 p.m. – ARX2 Qualifying 3
3:40 p.m. – ARX2 Semifinals
4:10 p.m. – ARX2 Final
Sunday, September 30
9:00 a.m. – ARX2 Qualifying 1 and ARX Qualifying 3
10:40 a.m. – ARX2 Qualifying 2 and ARX Qualifying 4
12:20 p.m. – ARX2 Qualifying 3
1:15 p.m. ARX2 and ARX Semifinals and Finals