Kristoffersson bags his second World RX title. Speed is ARX champ. World RX to Yas Marina

Seven days in rallycross 5 October

by Rallycross World |

30 September The first FIA rallycross championship event to be held in the USA takes place at the Circuit of The Americas at Austin in Texas where second place in the first semi-final earns Johan Kristoffersson sufficient points to put the 2018 crown beyond the reach of his rivals. The defending champion goes on to win the final, taking the lead when team mate Petter Solberg makes a mistake in turn three of the penultimate lap. Solberg had been top qualifier and won the first semi before leading the final from the start, but then slipping up with a lap-and-a-half to run. Andreas Bakkerud completes the podium.

ARX and ARX2 forms the supporting cast at COTA, the final round for both championships. Scott Speed (VW Beetle) is challenged hard by team mater Tanner Foust, but tops the Q4 order and then wins semi two to clinch the title. Foust wins the final from Speed with Steve Arpin (Ford Focus RS RX) taking his first podium finish. Subaru driver Patrick Sandell is fifth in the final (behind Subaru guest driver Toomas Heikkinen) to place third in the championship behind the two VW drivers.

The ARX2 racers have a double-header weekend in which Alex Keyes wins twice. Conner Martell and Scott Anderson join Keyes on the podium on Saturday.

On Sunday Fraser McConnell and Christian Brooks chase Keyes home. Martell non-finishes on Sunday but had done enough to put his name to the ARX2 title at the intermediate classification. Brooks and Keyes complete the championship top three.

2 October The FIA World Rallycross Championship announces that round one of the 2019 season will take place at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on 6 April. The new event will be the first true rallycross event to take place in the Middle East and means that Yas Marina’s season will open and close with FIA World Championship events – World RX and F1.

5 October Heading into the weekend, RallyX Nordic wraps up its 2018 season on the new track at Tierp Arena where Thomas Bryntesson, Oliver Eriksson and Oliver Solberg are in the title fight . In RX2 Guillaume De Ridder and Ben=Philip Gundersen will dispute the title. 

Meanwhile in France, Antoine Masse heads into the penultimate round of the championship at Lessay with one hand on the crown and the ability to finish the job ahead of the final at Essay in two-weeks’ time. 

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