Lomax Heads to Lydden to Keep Championship Dream Alive

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

 

Press Release (08/25/2016) 

Craig Lomax (Pontefract) heads to Lydden Hill in Kent with the aim to keep his titledefence on track, although currently lying second in the S1600 British Championship, reliability has been a constant curse throughout the season. “The aim at Lydden is to finish, it’s a priority to finish the last three races if I want to defend my championship title”.

The XtremeRX team have worked hard since the last event in Belgium, in which Craig had to retire the Citroen C2 S1600 in the semi final when when an oil pipe split on the oil cooler. The Milltek Sport, Baxi Boilers back driver also said “We’ve made some great improvements to the suspension over the last few rounds and I’m really getting to understand the direction we need to head with the car, we just need to get to the end of the event to get the results the car deserves”.

The team recently took the C2 to the home of Hull FC to take part in the Humber Car Show to help raise money for various charities and to also help raise the awareness of British Rallycross. Sabrina got a lot of attention throughout the day, especially our unique, one of a kind, manifold from Milltek Sport.

Craig will go door-to-door with the other S1600 competitors at Lydden Hill, Kent on Monday 29th August, action on track will start at aprox 9AM.

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ABOUT CRAIG LOMAX

Craig Lomax is well known as one of the top British Rallycross drivers in active competition, forging his way up the ranks since his RX debut in 2011. Craig started out racing in the BTRDA stock hatch championship in 2011 with a self built Citroen Saxo. Craig, along with his team, went on to develop the Saxo into an MSA British stock hatch Championship winning car.

On his way to success, Craig has not only developed a winning car but developed his own driving ability, he is now capable of racing against the best the RX world can offer.

In 2014, Craig secured his first of two British Championship titles when he took overall victory in the Saxo. His second came the year after when Craig jumped up a category after buying a S1600 Citroen C2. The team have continued to develop the C2 over the last two seasons, championship victory in 2015 and 2016 has put Craig in a hard fought battle to defend his title.

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

2011 – 2nd Autosport International BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship
2012 -1st Lucas Oils BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship (5 wins from 6 round)
12th Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship (Only contested 1 round)
2013 – 2nd Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship
2014 – 1st
MSA Hot Hatch Championship (with one round remaining)
2015 – 1st MSA S1600 Champinship
2016 – Currently 2nd overall with 3 rounds remaining

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O CANADA

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Press Release (08/02/2016)

The waiting for more action of the FIA World Rallycross Championship comes to an end this weekend. EKS enters round 7 in Trois-Rivières leading both World RX championships. In the drivers’ standings Mattias Ekström is five points ahead of Petter Solberg. EKS tops the teams’ standings with a 32 points gap on Team Peugeot Hansen. “It’s the first overseas event of the year and I’m really looking forward to coming back to Canada,” says Ekström.

“After the short summer break our batteries are recharged and EKS is aiming for the next top spot on the podium. “Three victories so far is not too bad, but after leaving our home round in Sweden without any trophy or champagne, we are even more motivated to make it four in Canada”,” says Ekström, who turned 38 years old recently.

Not only the team boss is looking for additional silverware. Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen made it to the Canada RX final back-to-back in the last two years and finished in second place in 2015. “ “My aim is to make it three in a row,” said Heikkinen, “and to grab another trophy at the end. It’s possible for sure, because the track suits both me and our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. The long straight is spectacular and the two jumps are really nice after the adjustments have been made in 2015.”” Read more

MOMENTUM CONTINUES FOR SCOTT SPEED

Scott Speed's Volkswagen Beetle after his win at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Jacksonville, NC on 2 July, 2016

Scott Speed’s VW Beetle after his win at Red Bull GRC, 2 July, 2016

Scott Speed kept the momentum up from his victory at MCAS New River, and crept up on teammate Tanner Foust in the championship standings, by winning Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC at RFK Stadium. Patrik Sandell, one of Speed’s top challengers all weekend, placed second, while Foust came home third over Brian Deegan.

“First of all, thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital,” said Speed. “There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s so great racing here. It means so much to get back to back wins. We are back in the championship hunt—two wins in a row, and we are on a great roll.”

Though the points may say that Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Speed and Foust swept all six heats and semifinals, their path to doing so was anything but easy—especially in the semifinals. Joni Wiman, the Supercar champion from two years ago, pressured Speed all the way around the course in the first semifinal; in the second, Patrik Sandell used the Joker Lap to jump from fourth to first, only for Foust to muscle his way back into the spot in the dirt section. Steve Arpin won the last chance qualifier.

A downpour just before the LCQ washed out the track for the final two sessions, meaning the main event would be a clean slate for the first two rows of drivers. Fortunately for Speed, the polesitter, he was able to retain the top spot coming around the course for the first time, while Sandell, twice a podium finisher in DC over the past two years, jumped to second.

Those two drivers would hold their spots for the remainder of the race, leaving the real battle for third place. Deegan held the spot for much of the race, frustrating Foust in his repeated attempts to get by. It wasn’t until the final lap that the two-time Supercar champion finally found a way around his former teammate to put both VARX cars on the podium.

“I was inhaling the mud from Deegan from the whole race,” said Foust. “We were going back and forth with Brian, and it was such a fun race. I’ll be honest with you, this is such a sketchy track and getting blinded by another car makes it hard to do anything, but it’s super exciting. I tried to stick my nose in there a couple of times—I spun one time and I thought it was over at that point, but I was able to get back. We have been pushing really hard, Scott and I, and we have been really fortunate to get up here a few times. Honestly, behind the scenes the cars are getting torn down, rebuilt, over and over again. On my side, you have the crew just going absolutely at it to build it for the race out here in time. It’s incredible.”

Results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the eighth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

1.     Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

2.     Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

3.     Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

4.     Brian Deegan, #38 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

5.     Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

6.     Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

7.     Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST

8.     Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

9.     Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

10.  Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

11.  Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX

 DRIVER POINTS:

1.     Tanner Foust, 350

2.     Scott Speed, 344

3.     Steve Arpin, 315

4.     Patrik Sandell, 299

5.     Brian Deegan, 293

6.     Joni Wiman, 235

7.     Sebastian Eriksson, 227

8.     Austin Dyne, 143

9.     Jeff Ward, 134

10.  Rhys Millen, 96

11.  Bucky Lasek, 26

12.  Nelson Piquet Jr., 24

13.  Sverre Isachsen, 6

14.  Sebastian Saavedra, 3

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

1.     Volkswagen, 32

2.     Ford, 28

3.     Honda, 24

4.     Subaru, 4

Red Bull GRC Returns to Washington, D.C.

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The second half of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicks off with a return to Washington DC and a new course layout at RFK Stadium. Defending race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to a Supercar for the first time this season to go for back-to-back victories in the nation’s capital.

Defending Supercar champion Scott Speed finally broke through for his first victory of the 2016 season with a last-lap pass at Marine Corps Air Station New River. After an early mechanical failure for Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan inherited the lead for most of the race, only to lose the top spot in the Joker Lap on the final lap of the race. Steve Arpin completed the podium behind Speed and Deegan.

Nelson Piquet Jr. rejoins SH Rallycross/DRR for this weekend’s event in hopes of defending his Washington DC victory last year. “I’ve missed competing,” said Piquet, “in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR. I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.” In 22 starts for the team from 2014-15, Piquet earned eight podium finishes and finished fourth in the final standings in both seasons.

This year’s Washington DC course returns to Lot 8 of RFK Stadium, but reverses direction as part of an entirely new .899-mile layout. The 10-turn course includes a new technical section beneath the DC Metro, and a jump leading directly to the finish line. Click here for more information on the track.

With the right combination of finishes this weekend, any of the top five drivers in Supercar points can leave Red Bull GRC Washington DC with the championship lead. Current leader Tanner Foust (295 points), Steve Arpin (286), and Scott Speed (279) have the best chance of heading to Atlantic City on top; fourth-place Brian Deegan (248) and fifth-place Patrik Sandell (243) are also within striking distance this weekend and can take the top spot by capitalizing on others’ potential struggles.

“I am very excited for Washington DC again. My first time here it was fantastic, and we won. The second time, we placed second. I am happy to have Nelson back—I told him to watch my back now, as I was watching his back last year. Hopefully the weekend will treat me well.” -Patrik Sandell

Located in nearby Herndon, Virginia, Red Bull GRC Washington DC represents a home race for Volkswagen USA. Drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, combined winners of three Supercar titles, have yet to crack the podium, but both enter the weekend as favorites; Foust has already tied the single-season record for heat and semifinal wins with 16, while Speed is the series’ most recent race winner at MCAS New River.

For the first time, Red Bull GRC steps into the world of fantasy sports this weekend with Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Throughout the week, fans have submitted entries to series social channels selecting five Supercar drivers to represent them in the final five rounds of the 2016 season. The fan whose selections earn the most combined points will win a prize pack from BFGoodrich Tires and signed memorabilia from each driver.

Click here for more information:
Red Bull Global Rallycross

TUNE IN INFORMATION:
Saturday, July 30, 2PM ET on NBC
Saturday, July 30, 2:30PM ET on Red Bull TV

Photo by Red Bull Content Pool

FIA License Rule Ends Sami-Matti Trogen’s Season

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PRESS RELEASE:
The season started off well in Rallycross Challenge Europe season until FIA license rule ends Sami-Matti Trogen’s season.

After celebrating his 14th birthday, Trogen began his rallycross season and joined in at the second round in Hungary. There he earned his first win in Rallycross Challenge Europe and went on to earn second place in the third round in Lithuania. The season was looking very promising as Trogen was sitting in third place overall.

However, luck began to change after the Lithuanian race.

“We received a message from the series,” said Trogen, “where they stated that FIA has prohibited me from participating in the next race due to a wrongly granted license. According to the rules I should have been 14-years old in the beginning of the year when the license had been granted. Our assumption was that I could start after my 14th birthday in May. This was the mistake but the FIA cannot accept and they will remove my license.”

Trogen has received help from his own federation in Finland but despite their efforts the decision remains final. That means it is the end of racing in the European series for the 2016 season.

“I am very sorry,” Trogen stated, “because of my sponsors and fans, but I promise to continue working for my career and this just gives me extra strength for future races”

Sami-Matti’s father, who has been at every race supporting his son, is also very disappointed.

“It is still difficult to believe,” said Mika Trogen, “that a young talent’s career is slowed down like this, but on the other hand I understand that rules are rules. It is a pity how a small thing can cause an end of the season. It’s only four months. The most annoying thing is that we have worked very hard to compete in the European series. The workload done by us and our support team has been enormous, but it did not affect [their] decision”

However, the season does not end here and a target is set to [race] other places.

Sami-Matti Trogen will continue in Estonian Rallycross series until the end of the season. He is in the lead by two points even though he had to skip one race due to scheduling issues. Next race is held in Pärnu this coming weekend.

“Development work continues with Set Promotion team. Co-operation between team and talented Sami-Matti is just in the beginning and despite small setback, work toward the top of the world continues as before. Set Promotion team will take Sami-Matti ahead with his career and project continues” – Team’s manager, Jussi Pinomäki.
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