Two FIA-backed championships wrapped up their respective 2018 seasons on Sunday, as the Formula 1 season ended in Abu Dhabi and the FIA World Rallycross Championship concluded in South Africa. But don’t fret: there’s plenty of action motorsports still to come this year, especially now that AMSOIL Championship Snocross kicked off its new calendar this weekend at Spirit Mountain in Minnesota. Here were three drivers who impressed over the weekend:
Snocross: Lincoln Lemieux
Although he admitted to wearing down in Saturday’s final to finish second to Elias Ishoel, Lemieux finished off the AMSOIL Snocross National with a win in the second round of racing on Sunday. On his 25th birthday, Lemieux held off 2016-17 Pro champion Kody Kamm and Ishoel to take his first main event victory of the new season. He won the last chance qualifier and used a front row spot in the final to take an early lead, which he extended to seven seconds by race’s end.
Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo
Champion Lewis Hamilton won the race and Fernando Alonso received Driver. of the Day honors for his contributions to the sport, but Ricciardo deserved dramatically better than he got in his Red Bull swan song. He led a number of laps in the middle of the race after gambling with a longer stint on the ultrasoft tires, and finished just one step off the podium—unfortunately not being able to catch his teammate, Max Verstappen. The Australian will bid the team farewell and head to Renault for 2019.
FIA World Rallycross: Johan Kristoffersson
Sure, it’s incredibly boring as a fan to watch the same car win 11 of the 12 races in any given season, but what Kristoffersson has accomplished in World RX this year has certainly been special. While World Champion drivers like Mattias Ekstrom and even his own teammate Petter Solberg have been winless in 2018, Kristoffersson’s lone blemish this season came in Belgium, when he finished fifth to nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb. That’s almost video game-level dominance.