Tanner Foust leads VARX one-two in Canada


Credit: Louis Yio/Red Bull GRC

Tanner Foust took the Red Bull Global Rallycross points lead in emphatic fashion with a dominant performance in the final of the second part of the Ottawa double header event.

After finishing second to Steve Arpin the day before, Foust swept aside the competition in his semi final, before putting on a masterclass in the main event.

Despite being down on power, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver mad a perfect start, leading Mitchell DeJong and team mate Scott Speed into the first corner.

 

Foust built on his lead right away, and by the halfway point in the 10-lap race, held a lead of over four and a half seconds.

The real battle was between DeJong and Speed. The two-time reigning champion spent much of the race right on the tail of the Olsbergs Honda driver.

Speed couldn’t find a way past the teenager who stuck to a tight line trough the corners, allowing the back of his Civic to step out to cover the track.

The leaders left it until the final to use the joker lap, which was longer than the first half of the double header event after the main track and joker lap were switched around over night.

That allowed Speed to draw up alongside DeJong on the final straight, just edging past as the pair crossed the line. Further up the road, Foust’s lead was almost seven seconds by the end of the race.

Foust’s win was his 13th, a new all-time record, and his 28th podium finish from 58 starts. It also moved him to the top of the points standings for the first time at the end of a weekend all season.

“What a finish!” Foust said. “This track was pretty tough, and I’d like to thank BFGoodrich for making some tough tires. I’m incredibly happy—to get a one-two for our team out of that is really spectacular.”

Sebastian Eriksson and Oliver Eriksson completed the top five behind their fellow Honda driver DeJong, while Austin Dyne took another strong result in sixth.

Patrik Sandell was seventh, with Cabot Bigham eighth. Chris Atkinson failed to finish after rolling his Subaru.

Home town hero Arpin was unable to add to his victory from day one – contact on the opening lap left him with a left rear puncture, forcing a premature exit from the race and dropping him to second in the standings.

In Red Bull GRC Lites, it was a fourth consecutive North American win for Cyril Raymond taking advantage of a strong start in the final to better Travis PeCoy and Alex Keyes. Like the supercars final, it was a last-gasp pass that allowed PeCoy to finish in second.

It was another Lites win for Cyril Raymond – Credit: Louis Yio/Red Bull GRC