Tanner Foust makes ARX history at Speedmachine FestivalUncategorized | May 30, 2018
Tanner Foust has made history by winning the first ever Americas Rallycross (ARX) round at Silverstone in the U.K. as part of the Speedmachine Festival.
The Volkswagen Beetle Supercar driver led the action-packed final from the front after starting on pole position. He survived an early challenge at turn two from Austria’s Timo Scheider, who dived ahead of Foust’s team-mate, Scott Speed, as the trio went three-wide.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Speed took his joker lap – an extra route every driver has to take in each ARX race – after falling behind LD Motorsports’ Liam Doran at the hairpin on lap one. The pair had previously gone side-by-side over the jump on the opening lap, while chasing Foust and Scheider.
However, Scheider’s challenge ended in dramatic fashion on lap four when he lost control through turn nine and hit the wall. The ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport driver was classified in fifth position ahead of Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins, who was also forced to retire during the race.
Britain’s Doran took a hard-fought third place after emerging ahead of Subaru’s Patrick Sandell on lap five following his joker. The X Games Gold medalist followed Foust and Speed over the finish line. Sweden’s Patrik Sandell chased Doran in the closing stages and finished fourth.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s Chris Atkinson lost out on a place in the final following a slow getaway in semi-final one. The former World Rally Championship star finished fourth but missed out on a place in the final as only the top-three drivers from each semi-final progress. Germany’s Rene Munnich finished fourth in semi-final two, as Great Britain’s Andy Scott and France’s Philippe Maloigne also went out in the semi-finals.
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Tanner Foust: “Everybody from Andretti Autosport hadn’t seen a rallycross event this big, frankly. It’s great to see a massive crowd and the Speedmachine Festival tie-in was great, and the party last night was epic.”
Scott Speed: “It was my first ever event with this format and this style of racing with these tires and I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed. It exceeded my expectations and I’ve really found a new love for rallycross.”
Liam Doran: “It’s been quite emotional for me to be honest. It’s been a long time out and it has been a longtime since I have won anything, so this was quite important to me. I didn’t have any expectations, but to sit here now and to be by these two who I use to contend with [Scott Speed and Tanner Foust] back in 2012, 2013. After so little time preparing it’s quite massive. This means more to me probably than my first ever win back when I was young. I could definitely not ask for anything more than this.”