Pastrana reigns in Glen Helen Nitro RX finale Race 2 – EAST AUTO NEWS

Pastrana reigns in Glen Helen Nitro RX finale Race 2

Travis Pastrana turned the primary three-time winner of the 2022-23 Nitro Rallycross victory after dominating the second a part of the season-ending triple header occasion at Glen Helen Raceway in California.

The reigning sequence champion, who gained at ERX Motor Park in Minnesota and Wild Horse Cross Motorsports Park in Phoenix earlier within the season, led from lights to flag after besting fellow warmth winner and front-row starter Oliver Eriksson off the road.

Pastrana had the race underneath management however a right-rear puncture for Oliver Eriksson on the penultimate lap ended any hope he had of successful. His Olsbergs MSE teammate Kevin Eriksson inherited second, having shielded his championship-contending brother from assaults within the early a part of the race.

Whereas the youthful Eriksson’s puncture made the query of race victory a certainty, third place was a lot much less clear. Pastrana’s Vermont SportsCar teammate Conner Martell was operating third going into the ultimate lap, however was handed by Friday evening victor Andreas Bakkerud as they headed to the hole leap. Robin Larsson then muscled previous within the remaining nook of the final lap.

It was fairly the fightback for the factors chief who dropped to the again of the sector after a gradual begin from the third row of the grid. He left his joker till the ultimate lap whereas these in entrance of him had taken it earlier, and whereas he couldn’t maintain onto the third place he’d cycled to earlier than taking the longer route, it represented an honest comeback.

Timo Schieder, who scored a formidable debut podium on Friday evening, took sixth, with the wounded Oliver Eriksson and Oliver Bennett finishing the ultimate outcomes.

Championship contender Fraser McConnell was a notable casualty of the preliminary rounds, failing to make the ultimate for the primary time this season. He was defeated within the Final Probability Qualifier by Bennett and Martell, Martell having to advance via the LCQ after a weird incident in his semifinal the place his automobile’s kill change was triggered.

In the present day’s outcomes secured the groups’ championship for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC RX Cartel with 790 factors. Olsbergs MSE occupies second (601 pts) with Vermont SportsCar third and XITE Vitality Racing fourth.

Within the Drivers’ championship, with drivers’ worst scores from the primary 9 rounds of the season now dropped, Larsson sits on high with 345 factors and holds a slender 17 level lead over Bakkerud with 58 factors nonetheless on the desk on Sunday. Fraser McConnell sits third on 301 factors, 9 forward of Pastrana, whereas Oliver Eriksson, now on 275 factors, has dropped out of title rivalry.

Within the first a part of the NRX NEXT world remaining, European champion Tommi Hallman defeated North American champ Casper Jansson in a tense combat, with Lane Vacala finishing the rostrum within the improvement class.

Gregoire Michaud beat Scottie Lawrence and Ben Maier in a shortened Facet-by-Facet remaining which was pink flagged on lap 4 of six after Lawrence rolled. The race was scored on the primary three laps alone nonetheless, therefore Lawrence sustaining his podium place.

In an addition for this weekend, Class 11 Baja Buggies additionally featured on the invoice, Ryan Rodriguez gained forward of Friday evening victor Blake Wilkey.

Pastrana reigns in Glen Helen Nitro RX finale Race 2 – EAST AUTO NEWS


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