Volkswagen continued its winning ways on the Rallycross circuit with the VW Andretti Race Team cruising to victory on both days of the contest. The weekend race was the maiden visit to Canada of the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX). And when the weekend finished Scott Speed, the pilot of one of a pair of VW Beetles scored a clean sweep.
Speed Lead Every Session On the Way to His Wins
During the contest, Speed led every session on the way to his second back-to-back ARX victory. Tanner Foust, the driver of the other VW team vehicle, was close behind Speed. He was there following a major accident Saturday afternoon and claimed a third ARX consecutive podium finish.
Speed’s engineering overnighter paid off handsomely for Speed. On Sunday, the VW team driver gained three more wins before his ultimate victory in the Final. Speed’s sweep was the first such accomplishment in ARX history
“I’m proud to get the win this weekend, particularly on a track like this, Speed told an interviewer. “This type of rally-style racing on thick gravel and with constantly changing conditions was foreign to me a few years ago so I’m happy to see the results to see the results” pay off “with a dialed-in Beetle and a great result in the race,” Speed continued.
Foust’s path to the podium was much more complicated than Speed’s, but the multiple rallycross champions demonstrated that he and his VW team was able to handle all the adversity as they fought back from to earn a well-deserved second-place finish at Trois-Rivieres.
Foust Makes A Bold Move
Starting from the outside of the first qualifying round, thanks to a random draw, Foust did well to fight back to the second-place finish, setting the third fastest overall time of Q1 Saturday afternoon. During the second qualifier Saturday, a dam-full of troubles burst over the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Beetle Rallycross
While moving up through the field from his third-place starting position on Lap 1, Foust was forced into the wall by a competitor, causing massive damage to his Beetle. Unable to restart the red-flagged race, Foust and his team set about the task of rebuilding his car for Sunday.
The overnight rebuild was successful Foust returned to the track with a vengeance., easily winning his third qualifier. The first lap proved a close-fought battle with Speed in Q4 showed that an on-track battled needn’t result in crash damage. However, Foust’s bad luck continued after a problem with the right front wheel forced him into retirement.
Once again, Foust returned stronger than ever, rising from a second-row starting position in the first Semifinal to finish second behind Speed. He duplicated the same middle-age playing turning to his partner in the final with a dynamite start and was the first driver to challenge his teammate, chasing the championship-leader to the checkered flag.
It Was Quite A Weekend Wagon
“It’s been a tough weekend for the Rockstar Energy Drink guys. They’ve done an incredible job not only one to put this car back together but make it competitive in a quick overnight rebuilt,” Foust said during an interview: I’m hoping for some better luck in the next events, because I know we’ve got the speed to grab another win as payback.”
With their 1-2 sweep at Trois-Rivieres, the VW Andretti Rallycross drivers extended their lead in the championship standings, making it a virtual certainty that the inaugural ARX title will go to one of the two Andretti Beetle Rallycross drivers. Before the final round of the inaugural running of the ARX at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) at the end of September, the Volkswagen Andretti Racers will make an exhibition at the Nitro World Games at the Utah Motorsports Campus, Sept. 22-23.