Speed and Martell Lead at ARX of Gateway after Q2 on Sunday

Subaru Motorsports USA’s Scott Speed leads the way in round four of Americas Rallycross (ARX) in the second leg of the ARX of Gateway, held at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

The Californian put the disappointment of missing out on the podium in round two behind him to deliver a dominant display in Q1 and Q2, while round two winner and Subaru teammate Chris Atkinson sits P2.

Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust picked up another front-left puncture on his Volkswagen Beetle in Q2, mirroring his misfortune during Saturday’s Q2, but on this occasion he recorded a finish and now holds P3 in the Intermediate Classification. Patrik Sandell makes it three Subaru WRX STIs in the top four following another strong morning and Andretti’s Cabot Bigham found extra pace in round three and is P5.

In the opening race of the day the podium finishers from round three resumed their battle, with Atkinson starting alongside Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin. The Canadian wrestled his Ford Fiesta Supercar into the lead ahead of Sandell and Atkinson, but the battle was cut short as Arpin fell victim to a puncture on lap one, which leaves him at the bottom of the standings with work to do this afternoon. Travis Pecoy lies P6 overall in the other Loenbro Motorsports Fiesta. 

In ARX2, round three winner Conner Martell maintained his excellent form from yesterday to lead the standings after Q2. The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver scored P2 and P1 in each of this morning’s first two qualifiers, with teammate Cole Keatts in second having won the opening qualifier. A consistent morning for Brad Deberti puts him P3, with fellow DirtFish Motorsports driver Fraser McConnell fourth despite spinning in Q2. The Buhl Sport mechanics hard work in repairing Alecx Keyes’ car overnight after yesterday’s big roll and he lies P5 overall.

Tiernay Oliver