Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports added their names to the winners list in Red Bull Global Rallycross’ 2017 season, joining the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust and Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE’s Sebastian Eriksson.
The driver of the No. 00 Ford Fiesta ST has looked close to breaking through this year and finally did so Sunday at Thompson Speedway in Round 4 of the season, picking up the lead after Foust crashed in the dirt section.
The win is Arpin’s second in GRC after his first came at Daytona last year. This is also the first win for the new Loenbro team, which fused into that name after previously operating under the Chip Ganassi Rallycross name.
Speed was second while Subaru got on the podium for the first time this year with Chris Atkinson third in the No. 55 Subaru WRX-STi. With Mitchell DeJong in fourth for Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, it made it four manufacturers in the top four positions.
Olsbergs MSE X Forces driver Cyril Raymond swept the weekend in GRC Lites.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”