Magnussen to race with spare chassis in Canada after FP3 crash

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Kevin Magnussen will start the Canadian Grand Prix using a spare chassis after damaging his Renault R.S.16 car in a crash in practice on Saturday.

Magnussen damaged the front-left and left sidepod of his Renault R.S.16 car after losing control under acceleration at the exit of Turn 7 and hitting the wall.

The Dane was unable to take part in qualifying as a result of the damage, leaving him at the back of the grid.

Renault confirmed that Magnussen will have to race with a spare chassis after the shunt, meaning that he may now start from the pit lane.

“What can you say? Obviously I wanted to be driving rather than watching qualifying,” Magnussen said.

“The damp conditions caught me out in the morning and the walls are pretty unforgiving as we saw. I feel for my crew as they have a lot of work to do.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make amends in the race tomorrow.”

Renault trackside operations director Alan Permane confirmed the chassis switch on Saturday after qualifying.

“It was a pretty significant side impact which took out the wings, suspension and floor as well as damaging the gearbox and chassis,” Permane said.

“It was the damage to the chassis which meant we couldn’t qualify and Kevin will race with the spare tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of work to be done on his side of the garage between now and then.”

A fan shot taken during the recovery of Magnussen’s car in FP3 showed the extent of the damage to the left-hand side of his car.

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.