Conner Martell won the first ever round of ARX2. He made a strong start in the Final to take the lead before turn one and would cruise to victory. Top Qualifier, Fraser McConnell ran second with Scott Anderson in third on the first lap, as Christian Brooks, who was given a penalty for contact in his semifinal and dropped to the third row of the final grid, behind Alex Keyes and Cole Keatts.
After contact at the joker merge on Lap 5 and 6 disrupted the positions, Brooks finished second and Keatts was third. McConnell ended up fourth and Keyes was fifth but Anderson retired. Matt Carpoff and James Rimmer both had spun in the Semifinals and didn’t make the final.
Conner Martell, No. 21 DirtFish Motorsports ARX2: “We started really well in practice and we didn’t change the set-up at all the whole weekend and unfortunately, the clutch froze up for the second Q. We obviously couldn’t race it, but we won Q3, Q4. The Semifinal went really well and Christian [Brooks] unfortunately got a penalty so we got to start in the front row in the final and from there we just got a really good start and took it away. The DirtFish team did an amazing job and I can’t thank Black Rifle Coffee enough for everything they’ve done for me, but overall it was a great weekend.”
The next round of the ARX Championship takes the series north of the American border to Montreal, Canada for the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, August 4-5. Coverage will be streamed live on Facebook.com/ARXRallycross and YouTube.com/c/ARXRallycross.com. DirtFish ARX of COTA will be featured in a one-hour highlights show on CBS Sports Network, Wednesday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.