Tanner Foust claimed victory in the first Americas Rallycross (ARX) round, held at the UK’s Silverstone circuit 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 2 from Austria’s Timo Scheider, who dived ahead of Foust’s teammate, 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 1. 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 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 the first semifinal. 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 semifinal progress. Germany’s Rene Munnich finished fourth in semifinal two, as Great Britain’s Andy Scott and France’s Philippe Maloigne also went out in the semifinals.