Arpin fails to reach finals in Trois-Rivieres


It wasn’t the type of showing he had hoped for over the weekend.
Fort Frances native Steve Arpin finished shy of advancing to the finals during the third round of the Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres held Saturday and Sunday.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ (VARX) Scott Speed took a clean sweep over the weekend in his Volkswagen Beetle Supercar.
Speed led his VARX teammate, Tanner Foust, for every lap in the semi-final and final to take all of the available points in Canada.
Foust wound up second while Arpin’s teammate–Hoonigan/Loenbro Motorsports’ driver Ken Block–came in third.
“Thank you to all of the fans who came out and showed their support,” Arpin said in a post on his Facebook page.
“Although my finishing position in the final wasn’t what I had hoped, as a team, we learned a ton and have some ideas on how to improve,” he noted.
“Ken drove his butt off in the final to take home a third-place finish, which shows that we are heading in a positive direction.
“The Loenbro Motorsports guys will get the cars torn down this week and look for ways to improve before we head to Nitro Circus World Games,” Arpin added.
Foust started on the second row of the grid in the final and passed Block in the run to the first turn.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s Chris Atkinson passed teammate Patrik Sandell for fourth position in Turn #1 before the Australian driver (Atkinson) took his joker lap on the first lap in front of Arpin.
Block and Foust ran close on the first lap before Sandell closed in on Block and pushed for a podium position.
Sandell took the joker on Lap 3 before Block went into his joker one lap later, but the positions didn’t change while Foust challenged Speed for the lead.
Foust closed in on Speed and tried to overtake the championship leader by taking his joker on Lap 5, but Speed held on to win his second round in a row.
STARD’s Rene Munnich almost made the final but was fourth in the first semi-final.
Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1997 Formula One World champion, made his ARX debut in Subaru’s third WRX STI but retired from the second semi-final.
In Round 3 of ARX2, the official support series to ARX, DirtFish Motorsport’s Conner Martell made it three wins in a row by passing Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks late in the fifth lap.
Brooks finished second while Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes placed third–his first ARX2 podium finish.
The ARX and ARX2 will return to Circuit of The Americas for the final round of the championship, competing alongside the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the inaugural World Rallycross USA on Sept. 29-30.