Subaru Speeds to first ARX win. McConnell leads ARX2. STARD details Revelution.

by Rallycross World |

7 June Retro Rallycross announces that Belgian veteran Jos Sterkens will focus on its championship going forward. Sterkens has re-engineered his MkI Ford Escort, switching from a Duratec motor to a Zetec (which falls within the series’ 1991 cut-off date) in order to be eligible to take part.

8 June Alex Keyes becomes the first ARX2 winner of the year. The Buhl Sport driver picks up where he left off in September 2018 (when he won at COTA) and wins the opening event of the year on the new rallycross track at Mid Ohio. He is joined on the podium by series newcomers Sage Karam and Brad DeBerti. John McInnes wins the first event in the new one-make support series for Sierra ARX3 open-wheel buggies.

9 June Subaru gets its first ARX win as Scott Speed wins his first event racing for the Japanese manufacturer. Speed is second at the Intermediate Classification, which is topped by Tanner Foust, but wins both semi-final two and the final, to end the event with a five point series lead over Foust. Steve Arpin (Fiesta) is second on the road but drops to third because of a five-second penalty applied for cutting turn two in the first lap. This gives Aprin’s Loenbro Motorsports Team Mate Travis PeCoy second place in his Supercar debut. 

9 June Fraser McConnell fights back from a non-finish in the final of Saturday’s championship opener to win round two of the ARX2 Championship. The Jamaican racer leads home Karam and Keyes. McConnell ends the weekend with a three point lead in the series over Karam and Keyes who are equal in second place. McInnes takes his second ARX3 win of the weekend.

12 June GRX Taneco confirms that Nicals Gronholm will return to his seat in one of its Hyundai i20 World RX cars after missing the last two events. Gronholm was forced to miss the events in Belgium and Great Britain due to appendicitis surgery. “Nice to finally be able to race again. It’s been a long recovery where everything that can go wrong, went wrong. Setback after setback. For sure it will be very challenging to come back after a six-week illness, so my expectations are not that high, but I will give my maximum and we’ll see where it takes me,” said Gronholm.

12 June William Nilsson withdraws from the RX2 International Series. The 19-year-old Swede won the Rally X Nordic title in 2017 and has been dovetailing RX2 with a season in Sweden’s V8 Thunder Car circuit race series this year. “Right now the season is a bit uncertain. Exactly what happens after Holjes we simply get to see, but I will definitely continue with rallycross,” said Nilsson who will miss this weekend’s race in Norway.

12 June STARD reveals more details of its Revelution electric racecar concept which is closely linked with World RX promoter IMG’s Projekt E. The new information outlines a two-motor electric driveline rated at 450kW, or just over 600bhp. A new prototype car is under construction at STARD. “The STARD Ford Fiesta ELECTRX shall showcase our EV motorsport competence. It also will be used as a demonstration and testcar for the “projekt E” initiative to which we are the official exclusive technical partner to IMG Motorsports,” said STARD CEO Michael Sakowicz.

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