Nitro Rallycross delivers intense battles and airtight finishes at Southern California opener

Nitro Rallycross delivers intense battles and airtight finishes at Southern California opener

22.11.2021: KEVIN HANSEN TOPS TRAVIS PASTRANA IN SUPERCAR QUALIFYING; CASPER JANSSON WINS NRX NEXT FINAL Racing Resumes Sunday with Supercar Class Finals

 
KEVIN HANSEN TOPS TRAVIS PASTRANA IN SUPERCAR QUALIFYING;

CASPER JANSSON WINS NRX NEXT FINAL
 
Racing Resumes Sunday with Supercar Class Finals

 


Nitro Rallycross threw the Southern California round of its 2021 championship series into high gear on day one of the tour’s penultimate stop at iconic Glen Helen Raceway. The elite field of world class drivers, including Travis Pastrana (USA), Tanner Foust USA), Scott Speed (USA) and more, showcased Nitro RX’s high adrenaline action which featured 100-ft jumps, metal-on-metal passes and classic finishes, all on the series’ latest revolutionary track.
 


In the top Supercar class, Pastrana came out of the gate strong in the Battle Brackets qualifier and advanced through to the final, where he faced off against Kevin Hansen (SWE). While previously Pastrana had set the pace, Hansen immediately dropped the hammer, shutting the door on Pastrana and taking the inside line at the start.


The pair battled throughout, with Pastrana even taking the joker lap with Hansen. Seeing an opening to make a decisive move, Pastrana passed Hansen on the inside, but shot wide. Hansen then retook the lead and held on for the win. The victory, Hansen’s second top qualifier of the series, secured pole position for the Sunday heat of his choice as well as four series points.


 
In another highlight from the day, Speed faced Kevin Eriksson (SWE) in round two.  After Speed’s textbook start, Eriksson steadily gained ground to get side-by-side on the final lap. It was back and forth right down to the wire, with Eriksson poised to overtake Speed as they launched across the finish line, but he came up just 0.047 of a second short. Afterwards four-time X Games medalist Liam Doran (GBR) called it the best racing of the series so far.
 


The Supercar competition resumes on Sunday with series of heats, semifinals, and a last-chance qualifier (LCQ). Both a spot in the eight-car final as well as the opportunity to earn more championship points on the line, which is all the more crucial with only one more round remaining.
 



Supercar Qualifying Order (Round 4):

Finish    Car #    Name    Nation    Team


1    9    Kevin Hansen    SWE    Red Bull Hansen NRX Team
2    199    Travis Pastrana    USA    Subaru Motorsports USA
3    35    Fraser McConnell    JAM    Olsbergs MSE
4    41    Scott Speed    USA    Subaru Motorsports USA
5    13    Andreas Bakkerud    NOR    ZipRecruiter / Subaru Motorsports USA
6    23    Kevin Eriksson    SWE    Olsbergs MSE
7    16    Oliver Eriksson    SWE    XCITE Energy Racing
8    21    Timmy Hansen    SWE    Red Bull Hansen NRX Team
9    00    Steve Arpin    CAN    GRX Loenbro
10    33    Liam Doran    GBR    Monster Energy RX Cartel
11    4    Robin Larsson    SWE    Monster Energy RX Cartel
12    34    Tanner Foust    USA    Dreyer Reinbold Racing
13    81    Ronalds Baldins    LAT    Olsbergs MSE
14    02    Cabot Bigham    USA    Dreyer Reinbold Racing
15    42    Oliver Bennett    GBR    XCITE Energy Racing
 


In the NRX Next developmental class, Casper Jansson (SWE) scored his second finals victory. Late in the deciding race, Sage Karam (USA) had a prime opportunity to extend his streak of three-straight wins. But Jansson, who had steadily worked his way up the pack, seemingly came out of nowhere with a pass on the joker to move into first. Karam then fought off mechanical issues to hold on to third place with George Megennis (USA) finishing second.
 



NRX Next Final (Round 7):

Finish    Car #    Name    Nation    Team


1    36    Casper Jansson    SWE    Enlunds Motorsport
2    9    George Megennis    USA    #YellowSquad
3    24    Sage Karam    USA    Dreyer Reinbold Racing
4    21    Conner Martell    USA     
5    99    Eric Gordon    USA    Bak 40 Motorsport
6    60    Martin Enlund    SWE    Enlunds Motorsport
7    55    Lane Vacala    USA    Dreyer Reinbold Racing
8    05    Kyle Schwartz    USA    STS RX
 


More Supercar and NRX Next action is on deck Sunday at Glen Helen Raceway, a premier off-road racing destination and home of the AMA 125/250 MX Nationals, the Off-Road Winter Series and the National MX track.
 


To experience Nitro RX’s high-flying action in person, tickets can be purchased at https://www.nitrorallycross.com/calendar. Fans can also watch live on Peacock in the U.S. as well as on YouTube worldwide.
 


2021 NITRO RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE

Sept. 24-25 // Utah Motorsports Campus // Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 2-3 // ERX Motor Park // Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 13-14 // Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park // Phoenix, Arizona
Nov. 20-21 // Glen Helen Raceway // Southern California
Dec. 4-5 // The FIRM // North Florida
 
 




 
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