Sandell and Martell take TQ at ARX of Canada

Subaru Motorsport USA’s Swedish star Patrik Sandell is TQ (top qualifier) in Round 4 of Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada.

Sandell laid down the quickest time in Q3 on Sunday morning with a race win after he failed to finish Q2 on Saturday with an engine problem in the Subaru WRX STI. Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust won race two in the No.34 Volkswagen Beetle but was slower than Sandell, then went quickest in Q4 and is second in the Intermediate Classification to take pole position for semi-final two.

Day 1 TQ Travis PeCoy was in the mix all morning. He passed Subaru’s Scott Speed into the second turn in Q3 but was passed again by the ARX points leader. In Q4, PeCoy was passed by Andretti’s Cabot Bigham into the first turn of lap four, but PeCoy retook the position with a brave move into turn 2, but Bigham had to retire with a broken suspension on the No.02 Oink Clothing Andretti Volkswagen Beetle R.

Speed was third in Q3 and Q4 and qualifies fourth, in front of Australian team mate Chris Atkinson. PeCoy’s Loenbro Motorsports team mate Steve Arpin, the home hero, was a DNF in Q3 with technical issues, then also didn’t have perfect pace in Q4 with the Ford Fiesta ST Supercar, but qualified sixth ahead of the semi-finals, with Bigham in seventh.

In Round 6 of ARX2, the official support category to Americas Rallycross, Dryer and Reinbold Racing’s Conner Martell took a qualifying sweep even after a hard fight with round five winner, DirtFish Motorsports’ Fraser McConnell in Q2. McConnell will start on the front row of the final next to Martell this afternoon.

Tiernay Oliver