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Nitro Rallycross Continues Sunday with Full Slate of High Stakes Finals

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Nitro Rallycross returned to Southern California Saturday, kicking off a wild weekend of racing at iconic Glen Helen Raceway as part of its inaugural global series. The disruptive new motorsport with, “cars that fly and tracks that thrill,” delivered the goods Saturday with gripping head-to-head action, tight passes and nail-biting finishes, all on a challenging course punctuated by a 100-ft gap jump.

 

In Group E, fast-rising Jamaican phenom Fraser McConnell took Top Qualifier position in an exciting Battle Brackets final against Oliver Eriksson (SWE). It marked McConnell’s first win in Nitro RX’s new top class.

 

Both drivers had to advance through Nitro RX’s heavy-hitters in order to reach the final, with Eriksson beating defending 2021 series champion and Minnesota 2022 winner Travis Pastrana (USA) as well as Sweden 2022 winner Andreas Bakkerud (NOR), while McConnell dispatched UK 2022 winner Robin Larsson (SWE).

 

In Saturday’s final, Eriksson bolted out of the start and held McConnell off at the first turn. McConnell hung tight however and soon pulled off a brilliant pass, swinging high before dropping down to overtake Eriksson on the inside. McConnell then held back Erkisson, with the two getting sideways in the corners, before McConnell pulled away to seal the win.

 

As top qualifier, McConnell goes into Sunday with pole position in his choice of the first two heats.

 

Group E Qualifying Order (Round 4):

Position

Car #

Name

Nation

Team

1

35

Fraser McConnell

JAM

DRR

2

16

Oliver Eriksson

SWE

OMSE

3

23

Kevin Eriksson

SWE

OMSE

4

13

Andreas Bakkerud

NOR

RX Cartel / DRR JC

5

199

Travis Pastrana

USA

Vermont SportsCar

6

21

Conner Martell

USA

Vermont SportsCar

7

4

Robin Larsson

SWE

RX Cartel / DRR JC

8

42

Oliver Bennett

GBR

XITE Energy Racing

 

In NRX NEXT, George Megennis (USA) claimed the top of the podium with a solid win after third place finishes at round four in Sweden as well as rounds five and six in Minnesota. Jimmy Henderson and Lane Vacala combined to make it an American sweep of the NEXT podium Saturday.

 

In a double-header weekend, the full NRX NEXT field will compete again on Sunday with another opportunity to earn hardware.

NRX Next Final (Round 7):

Finish

Car #

Name

Nation

Team

1

9

George Megennis

USA

#YELLOWSQUAD

2

44

Jimmy Henderson

USA

BAK 40 Motorsport

3

55

Lane Vacala

USA

DRR

4

36

Casper Jansson

SWE

OMSE

5

99

Eric Gordon

USA

BAK 40 Motorsport

 

For Nitro RX’s special Side-By-Side contest, Pastrana pulled double duty while renewing his longtime rivalry with fellow moto legend Brian Deegan (USA). Deegan and Pastrana traded first place Side-By-Sides finishes earlier this month during Nitro RX’s US launch, and that pattern continued at Glen Helen with the two battling throughout Saturday. Neither refused to settle for second, taking the Side-By-Side final all the way to the wire, with Deegan getting the better of Pastrana – on this day – by less than four-hundredths of a second. Canada’s Gregoire Michaud rounded out the podium.

 

Pastrana will have an opportunity for a rematch though, with the full Side-By-Sides roster set to square off once more on Sunday. 

 

Side-By-Sides Final (Round 1):

Finish

Car #

Name

Nation

1

38

Brian Deegan

USA

2

199

Travis Pastrana

USA

3

27

Gregoire Michaud

CAN

4

67

Ben Maier

USA

5

49

Robin Shute

GBR

6

111

Jeff Matiasevich

USA

7

57

Lia Block

USA

8

13

Leticia Bufoni

USA

 

More finals trophies - in all three classes - are on the line Sunday. For Southland fans, tickets are still available for purchase at nitrorallycross.com. General admission tickets are $25 each while VIP Club Nitro RX passes offering premium amenities and exclusive experiences are $125 each (all prices plus additional taxes and fees). Camping passes are also available. Kids 12 and under can even enjoy all of the high-speed action for free.

 

Fans outside of Southern California can also watch live on Peacock in the U.S. as well as on YouTube worldwide.

 

Event partners for Nitro RX Los Angeles include A SHOC Energy - Thrill One Sports & Entertainment’s Official Energy Drink -  Yokohama Tire, Smirnoff Ice Smash, Myenergi and Guaranteed Rate. 

 

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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