Top Qualifier Tanner Foust With All of the Momentum in Austin

Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust takes the top-qualifier (TQ) position in ARX of Austin, Round 5 of Americas Rallycross (ARX) 2019 at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

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Driving Andretti Rallycross’ Volkswagen Beetle R, Foust took the hole shot in all three qualifiers and was quickest in Q1 and Q3. He was beaten in Q2 after first turn contact with Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin, where Subaru Motorsports USA’s Andreas Bakkerud took the quickest time.

Foust will start on pole position in semi-final 1 in the one-day event at COTA this afternoon. Bakkerud, who moved aside to let regular Subaru Motorsports USA driver and championship contender Chris Atkinson through on the last lap of their Q2 race. Bakkerud qualified second in his first race in ARX and will take the pole in semi-final 2. Australian driver Atkinson took P3 in the Intermediate Classification with a strong run though qualifying and will start on row 1 of semi 1 next to Foust, as Foust’s Andretti teammate, Cabot Bigham, will start next to Bakkerud.

Bigham won his race in Q3 after Loenbro’s Travis PeCoy was given a 30-second penalty for forgetting to take his joker. PeCoy was also given a five-second penalty in Q1 for contact, the same decision made against his team mate Arpin in Q2, and Subaru’s Patrik Sandell. Arpin made contact with Foust at the first turn in Q2 before taking his joker and was the quickest driver with the RDO Equipment Ford Fiesta ST before the penalty was awarded. Sandell and new Subaru teammate Joni Wiman, from Finland, will start in semi 1. The Loenbro Fiestas will take row 2 in semi-final 2.

In ARX2, Americas Rallycross’ official support category, DirtFish Motorsports’ Brad DeBerti took the TQ for the first time in his rallycross career. DeBerti was quickest in Q1, DirtFish teammate Fraser McConnell took the top time in Q2 and Buhl Sport’s Alex Keyes was quickest in Q3.

McConnell climbed back after a slow time in Q1 to be second in the Intermediate Classification and will start from the pole in semi 2. The first-ever ARX2 Champion, Dryer and Reinbold Racing’s Conner Martell had a difficult qualifying and stopped in Q3 with a broken wheel after first turn contact.

Tiernay Oliver