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Old 22 May 2018, 09:21 (Ref:3823913)   #1
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2018 Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX)

Given that the ARX Facebook page has finally sprung into life and we have some details, I thought I would start a separate thread for this Championship. Obviously we know it's a four round Championship:

R1 - 26/27 May - Silverstone, UK (World RX R4)
R2 - ? July - CoTA, US
R3 - 4/5 August - Trois-Rivieres, Canada (World RX R7)
R4 - 29/30 September - CoTA, US (World RX R10)

Entries for the first round have been revealed, with 10 drivers on the list:

Tanner Foust - Volkswagen Beetle (VARX)
Scott Speed - Volkswagen Beetle (VARX)
Chris Atkinson - Subaru STI (Vermont)
Patrik Sandell - Subaru STI (Vermont)
David Higgins - Subaru STI (Vermont)
Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza (Munnich Motorsport)
Rene Munnich - Seat Ibiza (Munnich Motorsport)
Liam Doran - Citroen DS3 (LD Motorsport)
Andy Scott - Peugeot 208 (Albatec)
Philippe Maloigne - ? (Maybe one of the older Albatec 208's?)

Glad they have managed to fill the grid out, as seeing just four or five cars going round would look a bit silly. I wonder if any of the additional entries have any intention of running the whole Championship? (Liam perhaps?)

According to the ARX Facebook page the race coverage will be broadcast free on Facebook.
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Old 22 May 2018, 10:05 (Ref:3823916)   #2
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Tanner Foust - Volkswagen Beetle (VARX)
Scott Speed - Volkswagen Beetle (VARX)
Chris Atkinson - Subaru STI (Vermont)
Patrik Sandell - Subaru STI (Vermont)
David Higgins - Subaru STI (Vermont)
Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza (Munnich Motorsport)
Rene Munnich - Seat Ibiza (Munnich Motorsport)
Liam Doran - Citroen DS3 (LD Motorsport)
Andy Scott - Peugeot 208 (Albatec)
Philippe Maloigne - ? (Maybe one of the older Albatec 208's?)
Renault Clio RSRX for G-FORS. https://www.facebook.com/philippe.ma...58536277597591
He said he'd do the French championship and some WRX rounds with the team and car

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Old 22 May 2018, 10:23 (Ref:3823919)   #3
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I am placing a bet now that even with 10 cars Liam cannot make the final
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Old 22 May 2018, 10:39 (Ref:3823922)   #4
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So they are competing separately? Like ERX and WRX?
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Old 22 May 2018, 11:25 (Ref:3823927)   #5
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Renault Clio RSRX for G-FORS. https://www.facebook.com/philippe.ma...58536277597591
He said he'd do the French championship and some WRX rounds with the team and car
Good spot!

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I am placing a bet now that even with 10 cars Liam cannot make the final
If the car is reliable (and the driver is consistent) then I think Liam could be a strong challenger.

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So they are competing separately? Like ERX and WRX?
Yeah, separate races. According to a comment on Facebook (from Neil Cole, so I am assuming it's accurate) the ARX won't feature at all in the World RX broadcast.
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Old 22 May 2018, 13:30 (Ref:3823945)   #6
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Old 22 May 2018, 13:53 (Ref:3823949)   #7
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If the car is reliable (and the driver is consistent) then I think Liam could be a strong challenger.
And those ifs are generally where he comes unstuck with too many break downs or moments of hot headed stupidity.

Maybe the ban and fatherhood has calmed him down a bit, we shall see??
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Old 22 May 2018, 14:24 (Ref:3823956)   #8
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Maybe the ban and fatherhood has calmed him down a bit, we shall see??
Based on what we saw at Lydden earlier in the year I am going to say no: but fingers crossed!
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Based on what we saw at Lydden earlier in the year I am going to say no: but fingers crossed!
Well, should be good for a bit of comic relief at least.

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Old 26 May 2018, 01:52 (Ref:3824674)   #11
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Gonna be interesting to compare the laptimes of the WRX and ARX, always wanted to know the difference between the GRC and WRX cars so this is pretty much the closest we will ever get


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Lol, they are pretty much the same anyway!
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Based on what we saw at Lydden earlier in the year I am going to say no: but fingers crossed!
Well I take it back, he got third. Beetles were in a different league though.
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Well I take it back, he got third. Beetles were in a different league though.
They have been in a league for there own in the GRC for the past 3 years so it's not surprising

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Comparing the times of the Beetles with the World cars gives a good indication just how quick they are. It's no wonder the rest of the GRC field have been struggling to keep up.

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Lol, they are pretty much the same anyway!
I don't think they are quite the same yet, but they seem to be heading in that direction. I understand that the Beetles were running with an extra 25 kilos of ballast at Silverstone (haven't seen that confirmed anywhere official yet though).

There was a similar weight penalty (30 kilos) in the World regulations a few years ago when they were trying to close all the loopholes, so the additional weight would make sense.

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