O. Eriksson takes Nitro RX victory in Trois-Rivieres
Oliver Eriksson broke Olsbergs MSE’s victory luck in Nitro Rallycross, main residence brother and teammate Kevin Eriksson within the closing of the seventh spherical of the Nitro Rallycross season at Circuit Trois-Rivières in Quebec.
Twice a high qualifier this season, the youthful Eriksson dominated on Saturday, successful his opening warmth earlier than main the ultimate from the beginning, solely dropping out of first when he took the joker on the third lap of six. Not even a damaged driveshaft might derail his closing, crossing the road 3.298s forward of his teammate in what was a masterclass in ice driving from the pair.
Kevin Eriksson, who gained the opposite first spherical warmth, served as the proper rear gunner within the closing, saving his joker till the fifth lap to cowl off factors chief Robin Larsson and guarantee he couldn’t spoil the OMSE occasion out in entrance.
Monster Vitality RX Cartel driver Larsson’s third place was his sixth podium from seven begins within the 2022-23 season, whereas high qualifier Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Fraser McConnell needed to accept a distant fourth, an early joker technique to keep away from the pack and construct time in clear air failing to repay.
Reigning collection champion Travis Pastrana completed fifth, dropping out of podium rivalry after a number of brushes with the banks within the closing. A kind of bumped the Vermont SportsCar driver right into a spin that collected Andreas Bakkerud, who ended up eighth and final within the closing, three laps down, behind Oliver Bennett and Conner Martell.
Forward of the ultimate, after the OMSE drivers gained the primary spherical of heats – Kevin Eriksson’s win within the second warmth coming after a surprising round-the-outside transfer paying homage to his World RX of Germany successful transfer in 2016 – Pastrana and Bakkerud shared the semifinal victories, with Larsson and McConnell additionally advancing from every respective race.
That left five-time World Rally Championship occasion winner Kris Meeke, Bennett, and Martell all scrapping within the LCQ, with solely two of the three assured a closing spot from that race.
Martell made the perfect getaway, clearing the Xite Vitality Racing teammates, however Meeke, reacting to a transfer by Bennett, quickly despatched the Brit and himself into the financial institution at flip one, spinning Martell within the course of. The race was crimson flagged with Meeke retiring with crash harm and Martell taking a routine win on the restart to safe a greater beginning place within the closing.
With no NRX NEXT or Nitro Facet-by-Sides this weekend, help motion got here within the type of Canadian rally 4WD and 2WD racing lessons, in addition to Canadian Facet-by-Sides, with all three classes holding two full rounds over the course of the weekend. Jerome Mailloux gained each Rally 4WD finals, with Martin Langlois additionally doubling up within the 2WD class, whereas Greg Michaud and Mark Meyer shared the spoils in SxS.