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Kevin Hansen Wins Battle Brackets at ERX

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Kevin Hansen Slides Through a Turn
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Red Bull Hansen has once again put themselves in the best position possible for NRX. Kevin Hansen has topped today’s leaderboard after winning the battle brackets over rival Scott Speed. Speed failed to finish the race giving an easy victory to Hansen in the wet and rainy final. Meanwhile, brother Timmy Hansen fell out after a loss in round two of the brackets when he was faced with Steve Arpin. Following this win, Red Bull Hansen’s good luck streak gives them an advantage in the championship points as they score an additional five points total between the drivers.

Subaru Motorsport also scored a good number of points after they managed to put two of three drivers past the first round. Alll but Andreas Bakkerud made it through to the second round namely Travis Pastrana and Scott Speed. Pastrana succeeded in his first bracket due to no competition during his race giving him free track time while Speed successfully beat Cabot Bigham to move. In the second round Speed was able to beat the British Bomb, Liam Doran in his race to move onto the semifinals. Pastrana just barely beat out Robin Larsson in his second heat race after good pace and a clean joker was able to put him ahead of the swede. Pastrana moved on to face Kevin Hansen but ultimately lost while Speed raced against Arpin for a quick win. Unfortunately, Speed did not compete well in the final ending his day there. Subaru Motorsport was able to bring home five points heading into tomorrow’s race.

After another strong outing so far this weekend, Steve Arpin once again showed a competitive pace. The GRX Loenbro driver found himself higher in the battle brackets but it wasn’t until a big jump that his day ended. Arpin was mid battle with Scott Speed when he launched his car farther than he had before and landed wrong, destroying his front right suspension. While his car was ruined, the driver did score some points for the team so he will start tomorrow with 2 additional points.

Lastly, the Jamaican superstar Fraser McConnell continues to prove himself in the supercar class as he brings home points for team OMSE. McConnell was in a heated battle with teammate Kevin Eriksson when the ladder landed hard and punctured a tire transferring the lead to McConnell. Fraser moved on to face Kevin Hansen but his pace just wasn’t enough resulting in a loss for round two of the battle brackets. His performance scored a meager one point for OMSE to start the next day.

The rest of the supercar drivers will be looking to step it up in tomorrow’s heat races if they want to make up any ground on the competition. With a change to this weekends format we should see a potential for more variety of cars in the final.

NRX Next third round was completed today as Martin Enlund captures his first victory of the season. Enlund of Enlund Motorsports took to the course with ease after getting a solid lead ahead of last weekends winner and fierce competition, Casper Jansson. Enlund then drove a clean race to victory to crown a third winner for NRX first full season. With three different victors in the same number of events the gold is up for grabs for anyone tomorrow.

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Hello, I’m Kieran the Nitro Rallycross contributor. I’ve been writing and doing photography for a few years. My favorite motorsport discipline is Rallycross and I’ve been following the sport for 5 years.
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