By winning Semifinal 1, DirtFish Motorsports driver Conner Martell secured the ARX2 Championship and lined up on pole position for the Final. He took the hole-shot into Turn 1 while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks was forced out wide, allowing DirtFish’s Fraser McConnell and Keatts Motorsport’s Cole Keatts to move up.
McConnell climbed into the lead when Martell was forced out on lap two by a puncture, but it was Buhl Sport Detroit’s Alex Keyes – who had taken the joker on the first lap – who moved forward to sweep the weekend at COTA with a pair of victories. Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell finished second and 18-year-old Brooks finished third.
Conner Martell and DirtFish Motorsports secured their first championship in rallycross. The official rally school of ARX secured the team championship with consistent performances from its drivers, Scott Anderson, Fraser McConnell and Scott Anderson.
Conner Martell (No. 21 DirtFish Motorsports ARX2) on winning the 2018 ARX2 Championship:
“I’ve worked hard over this summer to come into this series and do as well as I could and I knew we had really good competition. Christian Brooks is super fast, Alex Keyes is really fast and luckily we were the ones to stay more consistent and today, after Q3, I found out that I secured the championship. It felt really awesome to know that and I was relieved a little bit and didn’t have a lot of stress. For next year, I’m really hoping for a Supercar ride but you never know what’s going to happen. I’ll race ARX2 again if that’s what comes or rally or whatever it is, I just want to be in a car. I can’t thank the DirtFish team enough and Black Rifle Coffee for being behind me and it was awesome and looking forward to next year.”
ARX2 Provisional Championship standing
Pos. No. Driver Nat. Competitor/Entrant Pts
1 – 21 Conner Martell USA DirtFish 131
2 – 44 Christian Brooks USA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 114
3 – 4 Alex Keyes USA Robbie Buhl 110
4 – 35 Fraser McConnell JAM DirtFish 96
5 – 77 Scott Anderson USA DirtFish 86
6 – 53 Cole Keatts USA Keatts Motorsport 82
7 – 24 Matt Carpoff USA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 60
8 – 3 Travis PeCoy USA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 56
9 – 25 James Rimmer USA DirtFish 54
10 – 2 Cabot Bigham USA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 51