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The second season of Americas Rallycross continues with the series’ first and only combination round with FIA World Rallycross of 2019, the annual trip to Quebec for Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres. Since joining the GP3R bill a few years ago, rallycross has become a highly popular discipline at the annual motorsport festival, and the addition of ARX last year ensured that Canadians would continue to see the top drivers in North America after Red Bull Global Rallycross’ visit to Ottawa in 2017.
In a major shift of power from previous seasons, it’s Subaru Motorsports USA that has dominated ARX so far in 2019. Scott Speed won his debut race with the team at Mid-Ohio in June, while longtime Subaru drivers Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell split the two rounds of the series’ first doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. In all, the Subaru drivers have scored five of the first nine podiums of the season, and occupy three of the top four spots in Supercar points.
That hasn’t left much for the rest of the field, although Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin has nonetheless managed to find the podium twice in the first three rounds of the season. Arpin’s rookie teammate Travis PeCoy and Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust have earned a podium each, meaning all six drivers to make it to a final so far in 2019 have taken home some hardware. Cabot Bigham, meanwhile, will look to earn his first final appearance of the year north of the border.
Defending champion Conner Martell’s return to ARX2 saw him sweep both Gateway races, but he only sits sixth in points by virtue of missing the opener. That said, the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car he took over from Sage Karam has scored 105 points so far, more than any individual driver has so far in 2019; DirtFish Motorsports’ Fraser McConnell leads the driver’s standings with 94, four more than Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes. The ARX3 points battle is even tighter, with John McInnes leading James Kirkham by a single point through four rounds.
As with Mid-Ohio, the Americas Rallycross event from Trois-Rivieres will see the Supercars run a single championship round, while ARX2 and ARX3 will stage two full rounds of action each. ARX will then take a break until returning to Circuit of the Americas on September 28, but the US’ top Supercar teams and a number of wild cards are all expected to head to Utah Motorsports Campus on August 17 for the second edition of Nitro Rallycross.