Tanner Foust earns pole for Phoenix opener

Tanner Foust has earned pole position for the first round of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, beating Patrik Sandell to the top spot.

The Swede, who topped both practice sessions, set a time just 0.063 of a second behind Foust’s 48.358 second lap of the 0.929 mile circuit.

After a conservative effort in practice Joni Wiman was third fastest in the brand new Honda Civic, with team mate Sebastian Eriksson in fifth – the two being split by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brian Deegan.

Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull Global Rallycross
The Hondas were quick out of the box – Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull Global Rallycross

However, Eriksson was relegated to eighth in the final order after changing his chassis before qualifying meaning that Deegan’s team mate, Steve Arpin, the final driver in the fast six, moved up to fifth.

Jeff Ward end the session sixth, ahead of Rhys Millen with Austin Dyne in ninth.

Reigning champion Scott Speed was surprisingly low down the order, setting the tenth fastest time, while Sebastian Saavedra was classified eleventh after failing to post a time.

In GRC Lites, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Alex Keyes claimed the pole ahead of reigning champion Oliver Eriksson and Alejandro Fernandez.