Foust pushes out his lead in Global Ral­ly­cross

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VW An­dretti Au­tosport driver Tan­ner Foust ex­tended his lead at the head of the Amer­i­can-based Global Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Day­tona last week­end by claim­ing vic­tory on the sec­ond day of a dou­ble-header event.

Steve Ar­pin won on Satur­day at the wheel of an M-sport-built Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car run by the Chip Ganassi Rac­ing team, with Brian Dee­gan sec­ond. Swede Se­bastien Eriks­son fin­ished on the podium in Ols­bergsmse’s new Honda Civic. Scott Speed re­tired after a fire en­gulfed the front of his VW Bee­tle, while Foust crashed out fol­low­ing sus­pen­sion dam­age.

The sec­ond day was bet­ter for the VW pair, Foust claim­ing vic­tory ahead of Speed and Eriks­son. Speed was us­ing a dif­fer­ent Bee­tle chas­sis such was the ex­tent of the dam­age on day one.

The an­nual BRISCA F1 visit to Ip­swich proved to be a good one for the lower grade driv­ers.

All five races went to driv­ers from the yel­low grade while the star driv­ers, hand­i­capped by start­ing at the rear of the field, strug­gled to catch those start­ing at the front of the grid.

Stuart Shevill Jr has won just about ev­ery­thing in the Sa­loon Stock car class, but his switch over to F1s has seen him strug­gle with car woes, bad luck and get­ting to grips with a ma­chine that is to­tally dif­fer­ent.

Shevill be­gan to turn things around last week­end at Skeg­ness when he recorded his first heat win in F1s and on Satur­day at Fox­hall Heath he went one bet­ter by chalk­ing up a heat and fi­nal dou­ble.

After bat­tling with Jor­dan Fald­ing for the lead in the early stages of the fi­nal, Shevill pulled away and was un­chal­lenged. Fald­ing held on to sec­ond place with Neil Scriven com­plet­ing the podium places.

“I will have to try and do this again next week when the F1s come to Lochgelly,” said Shevill after­wards.

Sec­ond place­man Fald­ing said after­wards: “I was try­ing a bit too hard at first and the car got loose, but Shevill was just too quick for me. I was hop­ing that some back­mark­ers might slow him down, but that didn’t hap­pen. I got a heat race win and picked up a few world cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing points so hope­fully that will put me into a semi fi­nal.”

Scriven won the meetin­gend­ing Grand Na­tional dash after mak­ing a quick gear­box change be­tween races. After the race, he said: “This [new] gear­box was also mak­ing strange noises, this will have to come out now too.”

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