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Benjamin Pedersen wins at Silverstone!

Uncategorized | June 21, 2019

The third round of the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit resulted in Benjamin Pedersen’s best finish of the season. He finished on the podium again, only this time it was on the top spot! The weekend brought out a large number of spectators thanks to the shared the weekend with the British GT Championship and the fact that the racing was taking place at Silverstone. The weather throughout the weekend consisted of both pouring rain and dry/warm track conditions, so adapting to different track conditions was extremely important for the drivers. There was a lot of strategy in regards to the ever-changing conditions, and the Douglas Motorsport team was spot on when making setup decisions.

Qualifying – Saturday, June 8, 2019
As the 20-minute Qualifying session got underway, Benjamin got up to speed and quickly moved up into the top 5 even in the pouring rain, and poor track conditions. The leaderboard changed drastically every lap- Benjamin went from P3 to P7 and back up to P3 in only three laps, so getting everything out of every lap was extremely important and difficult. At the beginning of the race weekend, one of the key topics during the drivers meeting was track limits. Officials said they would be closely monitoring this throughout the weekend. While Benjamin obeyed the rule, others did not and were able to come away clean with no penalties given. Qualifying placed Benjamin into the 11th for the start of the first race of the weekend. He had some work to do to move up positions during the race!

Race 1 – Saturday, June 8, 2019
Starting from 11th, Benjamin needed to have a strong start. As the lights went out, he had a solid launch off the line and immediately moved up to P8, before the first turn. The opening lap was filled with action. Racers were going two-wide through “Maggotts and Becketts,” an extremely high-speed series of corners followed by a long straight. There was an intense battle between Benjamin and two other drivers all the way down to “Copse,” another high-speed turn at the end of the straight. Going two-wide cleanly through those sections, they battled through one more corner before damage occurred. On the exit, both drivers found themselves a little closer than expected and made contact, damaging Benjamin’s front wing and giving the other driver a puncture. Officials decided that this was a racing incident and nobody was at fault, it was just a result of hard racing. Rather than continuing to push hard with intense understeer due to the lack of downforce, Benjamin pitted and the team installed a new front wing to protect the front tires. As a result of the stop, he had dropped back to P18 by the end of race 1. The points weren’t ideal, but he was happy knowing that he would be starting in pole position with a full new set of tires for the second race of the weekend.

 

Race 2 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Starting from Pole Position for race 2 with a full new set of tires, Benjamin’s focus was on the win. When starting on pole, the lead driver is able to choose the pace for the formation lap, which allows them to optimize the tires for the start of the race better than anyone else. This is something that is crucial to having a fast opening lap. As the lights went out, Benjamin had a great start and quickly moved into a comfortable lead going into turn 1, and stayed there for the rest of the opening lap. This allowed him to build a healthy gap between him and the rest of the field so they couldn’t draft or pass. From then on, it was a matter of managing the lead and not making any mistakes. Thanks to good, smart driving, Benjamin crossed the finish in 1st as the checkered flag came out. This was Benjamin’s first win in the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship! What better place to do it than at the historic, world-renown Silverstone track.

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Race 3 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
For the third and final race of the weekend, Benjamin started from 12th position based on his second fastest lap time during qualifying, a good start was crucial. As the lights went out, he immediately began putting pressure on the driver in the 11th position, and throughout the opening lap of the race. Most of the other drivers had two new tires, which gave them a leg up. Benjamin was on a fully used set of tires, which made passing a bit more difficult. Despite that, the pace was still very competitive, and by the time the checkered flag came out, he managed to move up to P10 by the time the race had concluded. While it wasn’t the result of the previous race, he was able to come away with some good points towards the overall Drivers Championship.

Benjamin’s next race will take place on June 22-23 at Donington Park.

Learn How to Properly Use the Handbrake

Uncategorized | June 18, 2019

The ultimate guide to handbrake turns. DirtFish’s Lead Instructor, Nate Tennis, demonstrates how to properly execute this low-speed technique in four different ways: 1. Without trailbraking, 2. With trailbraking, 3. Adding a downshift, and 4. Initiating a pendulum prior to handbraking. Rally on!

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DirtFish and Fraser McConnell Win at ARX of Mid-Ohio

Motorsports, Uncategorized | June 13, 2019

Snoqualmie, WA, June 13, 2019 – DirtFish Motorsports driver, Fraser “Frazz” McConnell, landed on top of the podium during round 2 at the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) ARX2 season-opener at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The victory was the ideal conclusion to a weekend full of Qualifying and Semifinal wins for McConnell, winning six out of the ten total races between Saturday and Sunday.

Not only was McConnell able to bring home a race win for DirtFish, but he also walked away from the weekend leading the overall championship by three points over his competitors, Sage Karam and Alex Keyes.

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“I think it’s very fitting that I got my first rallycross win with DirtFish! They are the ones who introduced me to rallycross in the first place and gave me the opportunity to get into the sport. I couldn’t be happier to get my first win with them!” said McConnell. He goes on to say, “The car felt amazing, and the technical support from the OMSE crew who made the car as quick as they could allowed me to drive it as quick as I could. I’m happy to bring back the win for DirtFish and come away from the weekend leading the championship. We’re evaluating our involvement for the rest of the season, but for now, I’m still on a high from getting that win!”

For the race at Mid-Ohio, DirtFish teamed up with one of the most respected names in rallycross, Olsberg MSE, to manage McConnell’s car throughout the weekend. Having the expertise and knowledge of their technicians was hugely beneficial and key to his success.

“Fraser’s performance at Mid-Ohio this weekend proved what we all at DirtFish knew from our 2018 ARX2 campaign – he’s fast, he can win and he will be a champion,” said DirtFish Owner, Steve Rimmer. He goes on to say, “We are working hard to put together the support for Fraser to campaign the rest of the 2019 ARX2 season. To ensure continuity in Fraser’s 2019 racing commitments, which include a number of RX2 rounds in Europe, we teamed with OMSE (with whom he races in RX2) for the Mid-Ohio rounds and I was delighted to see how well our two teams worked together to produce the desired result.”

The DirtFish Motorsports rallycross team’s success didn’t stop there. On day 1, rookie driver Brad DeBerti proved himself by showing that he has what it takes to be competitive with the top drivers in the series. His near-perfect starts, car control, and ability to avoid contact with other drivers paid off with a third-place finish!

“My first weekend competing in Americas Rallycross exceeded all of my expectations,” said DeBerti. He goes on to say, “I was thrilled with my third place finish on Saturday! Even though the race on Sunday did not go as well as we had hoped, it was great to see Fraser get his first win. I’m honored to be involved with such a competitive race team.”

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DirtFish Owner, Steve Rimmer had this to say about DeBerti: “I cannot say enough good things about Brad – his commitment, talent, and potential were evident to us from his first training visit to DirtFish and were ably displayed last weekend. I am sure we will see more of him in the future of rally cross.”

The next round on the calendar for Americas Rallycross will take place at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on July 13th and 14th. Get your tickets at https://www.arxrallycross.com/arx-schedule/2019/gateway

About DirtFish Motorsports

DirtFish Motorsports is a developmental driver program competing in the Americas Rallycross ARX2 series, FIA World Rallycross, and stage rally in the United States and Canada. DirtFish Motorsports strives to develop well-rounded drivers and providing a team culture which fosters growth and development. Cross-discipline training develops skill, confidence, and huge rewards in the racing world. A professional racer is more than a driver behind the wheel, and as such our program touches on developing the complete athlete package in all aspects of racing including driving fast, health and fitness, personal presentation, business and finance, as well as understanding the power and presentation of social media.

About DirtFish

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in the scenic town of Snoqualmie, WA, DirtFish Rally School is the only full-time rally school on the West Coast and boasts an impressive array of rally cars, rally driving programs and memorabilia to suit enthusiasts of all ages. Based at the former Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill site, the property itself boasts a rich history, having been the second all-electric lumber mill in the country in 1914. A century later, in October 2010, DirtFish opened its doors with the goal of offering unparalleled training in top-level vehicles, as well as provide unequaled opportunities for vehicle testing, specialized training, corporate/team events and more. Rally heaven awaits any student enrolled in one of DirtFish’s many programs, from the simple Two Hour Taste of Rally program all the way up to the Three Day Ultimate Rally Experience and onto advanced and private training in both rally and rallycross, in either all-wheel drive Subaru STI’s or rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ’s.

Check out what DirtFish is up too on social media at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dirtfishrally
Instagram: @DirtFishRally

Find Fraser on social media at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fraser-McConnell-655096054829105/
Instagram: @FraserMcConnell

Find Brad on social media at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braddeberti/
Instagram: @BradDeberti

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SUBARU AND SCOTT SPEED TAKE RALLYCROSS WIN AT MID-OHIO

Uncategorized | June 11, 2019

Subaru Motorsports USA driver Scott Speed topped the podium at the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) season-opener at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, closing a dominant weekend with a wire-to-wire winning drive in the final race. Speed and teammate Chris Atkinson ensured an all-Subaru front row in the final by winning both of Sunday’s semi-final heats, showing off the pace of their WRX STI rallycross cars and paving the way for Speed’s victory in his first-ever race with Subaru.

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The Subaru team came into the 2019 season’s first event with a new lineup – adding four-time U.S. rallycross champion Speed to the pairing of Atkinson and Patrik Sandell – and new liveries featuring the Subaru brand’s classic blue and gold motorsports colors. Speed set the tone early by winning Saturday’s first qualifying session, while Atkinson and Sandell locked up third and fourth. After damage to both Speed and Sandell’s cars from contact in the second qualifying round, Speed finished the day in second position and Atkinson held third.

With Speed’s car taking the heaviest damage from a multi-car collision, the Vermont SportsCar (VSC) technicians worked deep into the night to put both his car and Sandell’s back on the grid for more strong qualifying results Sunday morning. The semifinals were all Subaru, as Atkinson pushed past qualifying leader Tanner Foust to win the first race and Speed stayed fast and clean from the pole position to win his as well. All three Subaru cars would make the final, with Speed and Atkinson up front and Sandell in row three. The final race was again heavy on contact, but Speed made it through unscathed from pole position and took the win for Subaru.

“What an incredible weekend! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to represent Subaru like this,” said Speed. “And to win with these colors, it’s a real honor. The whole team worked so hard last night getting the car ready after that hard hit in qualifying – I’ve been saying for awhile that we have the fastest car out there, and today just proves what we can accomplish.”

For Subaru Motorsports USA and Vermont SportsCar, the weekend’s win is a breakthrough after a challenging period in rallycross. The Subaru team persevered through a tough campaign in 2018’s inaugural ARX season, building speed throughout the year but finishing without an event win. Only Sandell’s third-place finish in the championship showed the true potential of the rallycross WRX STI, and the team was hungry to compete for the top spot in 2019.

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“This win is the culmination of a lot of effort and support from Subaru, with the return of the blue and yellow colors plus bringing Scott Speed to the team,” said Lance Smith, team principal of the Subaru Motorsports USA rally and rallycross effort. “It makes it so much more special and fun for us to be on top of the podium after all the challenges the last few years.”

The Mid-Ohio win marks Subaru’s third victory in eight days after a dominant 1-2 finish by teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana at Oregon Trail Rally and a Class 5 win at Mexico’s Baja 500 with the Crosstrek Desert Racer.

Atkinson, Sandell and Speed will return to the WRX STI rallycross cars July 13-14 at the ARX doubleheader event at Illinois’ Gateway Motorsports Park.

About Subaru Motorsports USA
Subaru Motorsports USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Idemitsu Lubricants, Yokohama Tires, Method Race Wheels, DirtFish Rally School, and KÜHL. Follow the team online at www.subaru.com/rally.

Follow Subaru Motorsports USA on Facebook, on Instagram @subarumotorsportsusa, and on Twitter @subarums_usa.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $145 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

DirtFish Announces Two-Car ARX2 Team for Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio

Motorsports, Uncategorized | June 05, 2019

Snoqualmie, WA, June 5, 2019 – DirtFish Motorsports is pleased to announce their ARX2 drivers for the Cooper Tires Americas Rallycross of Mid-Ohio. For this inaugural race of the 2019 season, DirtFish will be fielding two competitive drivers: Jamaican driver, Fraser McConnell who completed his first full season with DirtFish Motorsport in 2018, and rallycross rookie, Brad Deberti, who has made a name for himself in off-road short course racing.

A two-car ARX2 team for Mid-Ohio will be beneficial for the success of both drivers. While they will be competing against each other on the track, McConnell and Deberti will be able to work together and collaborate on valuable information about the cars, competitors and the track conditions. McConnell will have key insights into the racing from the previous year that will help Deberti achieve a successful result.

In 2018, DirtFish Motorsports had a fantastic season with multiple wins and podiums that all culminated at the end of the year with DirtFish Driver, Conner Martell bringing home the inaugural ARX2 Championship.

DirtFish owner, Steve Rimmer says, “We are pleased to be able to field two drivers at this initial weekend of the 2019 ARX2 season. Our objective remains consistent in providing a platform to develop and grow drivers in the Rallycross and Rally disciplines. We remain confident that Fraser and Brad can, with the support of DirtFish Motorsports, deliver the same success that was achieved in 2018.”

In 2018, McConnell saw success and was able to prove that he could be competitive throughout his rookie season. He achieved multiple heat wins, landed himself on the podium and finished 4th overall in the ARX2 Driver’s Championship, which is a promising achievement for a driver who is new to the sport.

“I’m very excited to be reuniting with my DirtFish family to kick-off the 2019 ARX2 season at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio!” said McConnell. He goes on to say, “Last year, the team and I were able to work well together and prove to be a strong pairing, I plan to do the same at this race.”

Brad Deberti is the latest in a long line of rallycross rookies to join DirtFish Motorsports. He has a successful history competing in off-road short course racing where he was the 2015 Rookie of the Year and quickly won his first championship the following year in the Pro-Light category. In 2018, he competed in NASCAR where he earned another Rookie of the Year title.

Deberti says, “I’m stoked to be part of the Dirtfish Motorsports team. With my background in off-road, drifting and stock car racing, the rallycross platform is the perfect blend of all three disciplines.”

The 2019 Americas Rallycross season kicks off at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio on June 8th and 9th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Click here for details: https://www.arxrallycross.com/events/2019/mid-ohio/june

About DirtFish Motorsports

DirtFish Motorsports is a developmental driver program competing in the Americas Rallycross ARX2 series, World Rallycross, and stage rally in the United States and Canada.

DirtFish Motorsports strives to develop well-rounded drivers and providing a team culture which fosters growth and development. Cross-discipline training develops skill, confidence, and huge rewards in the racing world. A professional racer is more than a driver behind the wheel, and as such our program touches on developing the complete athlete package in all aspects of racing including driving fast, health and fitness, personal presentation, business and finance, as well as understanding the power and presentation of social media.

About DirtFish

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in the scenic town of Snoqualmie, WA, DirtFish Rally School is the only full-time rally school on the West Coast and boasts an impressive array of rally cars, rally driving programs and memorabilia to suit enthusiasts of all ages. Based at the former Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill site, the property itself boasts a rich history, having been the second all-electric lumber mill in the country in 1914. A century later, in October 2010, DirtFish opened its doors with the goal of offering unparalleled training in top-level vehicles, as well as provide unequaled opportunities for vehicle testing, specialized training, corporate/team events and more. Rally heaven awaits any student enrolled in one of DirtFish’s many programs, from the simple Two Hour Taste of Rally program all the way up to the Three Day Ultimate Rally Experience and onto advanced and private training in both rally and rallycross, in either all-wheel drive Subaru STI’s or rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ’s.

Check out what DirtFish is up too on social media at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dirtfishrally
Instagram: @DirtFishRally
Twitter: @DirtFishRally

Find Fraser on social media at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fraser-McConnell-655096054829105/
Instagram: @FraserMcConnell

Find Brad on social media at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braddeberti/
Instagram: @BradDeberti

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Fraser McConnell celebrates a second place finish at the final race of the 2018 ARX Championship.
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Fraser McConnell goes over the jump during the ARX of COTA.
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Brad Deberti talks to team during ARX2 testing at DirtFish.
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Brad Deberti testing ARX2 car at DirtFish.