Kvyat ends tough home race weekend fifth for Red Bull

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Daniil Kvyat was pleased to end a tough home grand prix weekend in Russia on a positive note by finishing fifth for Red Bull on Sunday.

Kvyat has become the poster boy of the race in Sochi, being just the second Russian driver to race in Formula 1 following Vitaly Petrov’s brief stint in the sport with Renault and Caterham.

The Red Bull driver had hoped to make up for a disappointing first home outing in 2014 this year, but looked resigned to another difficult race after qualifying down in 11th place.

However, a long first stint and a flurry of late retirements allowed Kvyat to make his way up the order, eventually crossing the line in fifth place to pick up ten points for Red Bull on Sunday.

“I think we squeezed everything out of it today and ten points at the end of such a complicated race is a very good achievement, so we have to be satisfied with these points,” Kvyat said.

“With hindsight, you could say we could have run a slightly better strategy, but you can never be completely sure how these things will turn out and you never stop learning in this respect.

“It was nice to see all the people that came here to support me today, it’s a great feeling and hopefully it will continue and get better and better.

“I could also see that other drivers had their fans in the crowd as well which was nice, it’s a true passion and it looks like in Russia the sport is growing a lot and many people are coming which is great to see.

“I’m already looking forward to Austin because I think it should suit us a little bit better and I’m looking forward to those high speed corners.”

In the sister Red Bull car, Daniel Ricciardo had been poised to finish in the top five before a problem on his car forced him to retire from the race with a few laps remaining.

“I’m happy with how I drove but it’s a shame we don’t have any points to show for it,” Ricciardo said. “The risky strategy was working well and we were looking good to earn some decent points.

“We’re not sure what happened, we suspect it’s a suspension issue. I came out of turn four and I felt something was not right and I reported back to the team.

“The team will investigate the issue but I think considering we weren’t expecting too much from this track, we can be pleased that we were racing with the faster cars of Williams and Ferrari and managed to keep them behind us for a good while.”

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.