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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Austin, Idaho, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Johan Kristoffersson (1); Buhl Sport Detroit (2)

With the IndyCar Series season wrapped up and NHRA, WRC, and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series all on a break, the  past weekend was admittedly a little light on action motorsports. But with FIA World Rallycross visiting the United States for the first time, Americas Rallycross wrapping up its inaugural season, and Formula 1 returning to Russia—not to mention the curiosity of the Charlotte roval in NASCAR—there was still plenty to follow along with.

Today, we take a look at the drivers who excelled in the past weekend of motorsports. From champions to race winners, and featuring one driver who made history, here’s who stood out:

FIA World Rallycross: Johan Kristoffersson

Kristoffersson, who won eight of the first nine rounds of the 2018 World RX season, locked up his second straight title with two races to spare in the semifinals from Circuit of the Americas on Sunday. But when PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate Petter Solberg made a mistake in the final with two laps to go, Kristoffersson was able to get by the former WRC and World RX champion to take his record-extending ninth win of the year by 0.6 seconds.

Americas Rallycross: Alex Keyes

Scott Speed wrapped up his fourth straight Supercar title, dating back to his three straight Red Bull Global Rallycross championships, and Conner Martell took the ARX2 crown as ARX wrapped up its inaugural season. But it was Buhl Sport Detroit’s Keyes who swept the ARX2 doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, giving the team its first two victories in rallycross competition. They were Keyes’ first wins since the Red Bull GRC finale in Los Angeles in 2016, and his sixth and seventh overall in the cars.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

While the outcome of the Russian Grand Prix may have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, with Mercedes playing team orders to protect Hamilton from a hard-charging Sebastian Vettel, the team still remained perfect since the resurrection of the event in 2014 with a 1-2 between Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. With eight wins and a 50-point championship advantage, Hamilton can still win the 2018 title by 15 points if Vettel wins all five remaining races—the Brit will just have to finish second in each of them.

K&N Pro Series West: Hailie Deegan

NASCAR’s top regional series isn’t a level we cover often, but when an off-road convert makes history in the class, it deserves some recognition. Deegan, a member of the NASCAR NEXT program, scored her first win in the series at Meridian Speedway in Idaho by making a last-lap pass on Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse, moving him out of the way to lead her only lap of the event. Prior to making the switch to stock cars, she was the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Mod Kart champion.

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