Subaru paints America blue & yellow. DA Racing takes Zoe to Andros. Titans’ new drivers.

Seven days in rallycross 19 July

by Rallycross World |

10 July   After 15 years out of racing Perry McCarthy will make his rallycross debut in the British leg of the Titans RX season at Lydden Hill. “It is great to see the spirit and enthusiasm that Top Gear’soriginal Stig Perry McCarthy – as someone who has seen it all – is bringing to TitansRX. I was not sure if he could be bothered to go and renew his racing licence, but from discussing a wildcard drive at Lydden Hill, we went to a nearly full season participation fairly quickly. I’m glad to have him onboard,” said series boss Max Pucher.

12 July    DA Racing announces that it will switch from internal combustion engines to electric for the 2019/2020 Andros Trophy. The French team, which has guided JB Dubourg to four Andros titles has a new three-year deal with Renault and will use the new Zoe model in the series which starts at Val-Thorens on 7-8 December. “I’m very proud to have the confidence of Renault and the opportunity to win with the Nouvelle Zoe for ice racing. This is a real sporting and technical challenge that awaits us over the next three seasons,” said Dubourg.

13 July    Round two of Americas Rallycross takes place at World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway Motorsports Park) where both ARX and ARX2 have double-headers. On the championship’s second new venue of the year, Subaru racer Chris Atkinson wins. Canadian Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) takes the lead from pole starter and round one winner Scott Speed (Subaru) in the first corner and then led the race until the last corner complex. Challenged by Atkinson in the left-right unsealed section that leads back to asphalt and the finish line, Arpin spins and passes the chequer backwards in second place after Atkinson. Patrik Sandell (Subaru) places third with Speed fourth and last home after Tanner Foust (VW Beetle) and Travis PeCoy (Fiesta) both stop. Arpin and Atkinson continue their duel in a particularly punchy post-event press conference.

Returning ARX2 champion Conner Martell takes victory in round three of the ARX2 series (which has double-headers at all events except COTA). Martell leads home Cole Keatts and JR Hildebrand in the final. 

Former X Games Gold Medalist “Bilko” Williams is the debut winner in ARX3, guiding his Sierra buggy home for the win ahead of Tommy Boileau and Bill Shuster.

14 July    Subaru continues its dominance of ARX when Patrik Sandell wins round three of the series at Gateway, the third of the three Subaru drivers to win this year. Sandell wins a protracted first corner battle in which all six starters duel through the third and fourth corners. Speed is fortunate to make the final, only doing so when VW racer Cabot Bigham makes a last lap mistake. Speed and Tanner Foust complete the podium.

Fraser McConnell leads five-and-a-half laps of the final but loses to Conner Martell after a head-to-head in the run off the joker lap. McConnell is too fast into the last corner complex and Martell takes the win. Brad DeBerti’s impressive form continues with third place.

“Bilko” Williams and Tommy Boileau repeat their round three ARX3 one-two from Saturday. James Kirkham displaces Shuster to take third place on the podium. 

17 July    Titans RX announces that Abbie Eaton will race in its second week of action at Lydden Hill. The British racer is best known for GT successes and her work as test driver on the Grand TourTV show. “To be quite honest I’ve got no expectations or anything because I’ve not even sat in the car, I’ve never even done anything purposefully on gravel, so to me it’s just an experience thing,” she said. “If I can go out in the car each time and go quicker and quicker, that’s all I’m trying to do and if we can get some pointers off the drivers in it that’s always going to help.”

18 July   Two-time Motorsport UK Supernational Rallycross Champion Tristan Ovenden will race a Supercar for thew first time in the support race for the British event in Titans RX at Lydden next week. Ovenden will race a Citroen DS3 previously raced by Jake Harris. His own team will run the car with assistance from LD Motorsports. “We’re looking at options for next year and Pat Doran has given us a chance to have a go with this car so it’s the ideal opportunity for the team to assess what it’s like to run a Supercar over a whole weekend. It will give us a better idea of what we can and can’t do next year,” said Ovenden.

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