09 Jun 2019
Scott Speed gave Subaru Motorsports USA its first rallycross win since 2014 in the Americas Rallycross season opener at Mid-Ohio.
The four-time champion, who moved to the Japanese manufacturer in the off-season, dominated the final while his team mates had a nightmare showing in what was an action-packed final.
Chris Atkinson and Speed shared the spoils in the semi-finals, and it was Atkinson who got off the line in the final better.
However, it was Speed who had the inside line going into the first turn. Speed got through that corner unscathed, while Atkinson was hit into a spin by Tanner Foust. Foust also collected Steve Arpin who was forced off track.
After returning to the track, Arpin was hounded by team mate Travis PeCoy who unlocked plenty of pace from his Ford Fiesta ST overnight after making setup changes.
One lap after Speed, on lap three, PeCoy and Arpin both went to take the joker but PeCoy made a last second decision to remain on the standard lap. That allowed Arpin to remain in front, but PeCoy remained on his bumper.
On lap four there was further drama on the joker, this time on the merge, with Patrik Sandell collecting fellow Subaru driver Atkinson on the merge. The incident left Atkinson fighting to make the finish on three wheels, while Sandell was also passed by Foust who was miles off the pace after the lap one incident.
Speed was ultimately untroubled, unlike his team mates, while Loenbro Motorsports pairing PeCoy and Arpin collected a hard-earned double podium on the Fiesta’s return to competition. Their positions were reversed after Arpin was judged to have cut the course on the opening lap, but he remained in the top three.
Foust held on to take a distant fourth, while Sandell and Atkinson made it to the finish despite both suffering heavy damage.
*Steve Arpin was handed a five-second penalty for cutting the course
In ARX2 Fraser McConnell took a popular maiden rallycross victory in the second round of the championship, beating Sage Karam and Alex Keyes.
John McInnes once again won in ARX3, heading home James Kirkham and Jim Jonsin.