Pirelli’s ultrasoft tire returns en masse for Monaco GP

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The Spanish Grand Prix saw Pirelli’s three hardest tire compounds on offer, with the soft, medium and hard compounds available for selection.

However next week at Monaco, it’s back to Pirelli’s three softest compounds, with the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft tires available to be utilized.

And as team selections for Pirelli at Monaco have been revealed, most drivers are going heavy on the ultrasoft tire, Pirelli’s softest overall compound.

Only two teams – Mercedes and Toro Rosso – are opting to select nine sets of the ultrasofts of the available 13 sets. All other teams have gone for at least 10, and some with 11, of the 13 sets for ultrasofts.

Meanwhile on the polar end of the spectrum only one driver, the returning Jenson Button at McLaren, has opted to select two sets of the soft compound tires. The other 19 drivers have gone for only one set of softs apiece.

The remaining variance comes in the supersofts, the middle compound. Mercedes and Toro Rosso again lead the way here with three sets selected for all four of their drivers, while the rest have only selected two or one set apiece.

The full breakdown is here.

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.