Monday, March 4, 2024

Eriksson, Larsson headline Glen Helen Nitrocross

Robin Larsson began the 2023 calendar year on a high note when he scored the inaugural Nitrocross Group E championship. On Sunday, he ended 2023 by winning the final Group E race of the year at Glen Helen Raceway.

He finished third in the first Group E race on Saturday behind Oliver Eriksson and Conner Martell. Eriksson held off a hard charge from Martell to notch his first win of the year, while Martell still bagged his second career Group E podium and first since Phoenix last season.

Larsson dominated Sunday’s event from the start with Fraser McConnell behind him. Save for a disappointing sixth in Utah, he finished on the podium in six of the other races in 2023 and holds a 23-point edge over Eriksson in the standings.

“I had a bad race in Utah, then it’s been consistent, and Kevin’s been also really consistent so it’s really hard,” said Larsson. “It’s lot of points now with the new qualification system so you need to be bang on it in the morning and really win that and go to the [Top Qualifier] so that’s the most stressful moment of the weekend because you really need to win that, if Kevin and the top guys win. You can give anything away, it’s a lot of points there but I like it.

“It’s really tight in the championship, to have Kevin up there is really fun also, we’ve been racing against each other for a long time and he couldn’t do the long run last year so it’s really nice to see him going for the championship this year. But it feels really good to have a bigger lead now than we had this morning.”

Lia Block was classified eighth in her Group E début on Sunday, splitting her seat with Travis Pastrana. Despite reaching the final, a rear engine failure prevented her from making any progress.

Round 6 results

Group E

Finish Number Driver Team Margin
1 16 Oliver Eriksson OMSE 5:06.477
2 21 Conner Martell Vermont SportsCar + .309
3 4 Robin Larsson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC + 2.906
4 23 Kevin Eriksson OMSE + 2.942
5 35 Fraser McConnell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 3.755
6 13 Andreas Bakkerud Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC + 4.675
7 199 Travis Pastrana Vermont SportsCar + 5.736
8 38 Brian Deegan Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC DNF
9 31 Viktor Vranckx VMV Racing DNF

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Finish Number Driver Team Margin
1 36 Casper Jansson OMSE 5:30.885
2 57 Lia Block OMSE + 2.807
3 17 Patrick Gruszka Green Apu + 7.980
4 555 Lane Vacala BAK 40 Motorsport + 11.334
5 44 Jimmy Henderson BAK 40 Motorsport + 15.659
6 14 David Sterckx PPD Motorsport + 20.077
7 99 Eric Gordon BAK 40 Motorsport + 22.784
8 191 Alastair Scully Scully Racing + 48.121

SxS

Finish Number Driver Margin
1 199 Travis Pastrana 5:28.439
2 21 Kainan Baker + .741
3 9 Michael Leach + 8.943
4 28 Gray Leadbetter + 9.951
5 143 Tyler Remmereid + 12.171
6 82 Mika Block + 13.810
7 4 Donald Cerrone + 26.709
8 38 Brian Deegan + 2 laps
9 13 Letícia Bufoni + 2 laps
10 188 Terry Madden DNF

Round 7 results

Group E

Finish Number Driver Team Margin
1 4 Robin Larsson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC 5:08.208
2 35 Fraser McConnell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + .350
3 23 Kevin Eriksson OMSE + 1.758
4 31 Viktor Vranckx VMV Racing + 2.337
5 21 Conner Martell Vermont SportsCar + 38.821
6 16 Oliver Eriksson OMSE + 38.821
7 38 Brian Deegan Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 3 laps
8 57 Lia Block Vermont SportsCar + 4 laps
9 13 Andreas Bakkerud Dreyer & Reinbold Racing JC DNF

NEXT

Finish Number Driver Team Margin
1 36 Casper Jansson OMSE 5:27.498
2 44 Jimmy Henderson BAK 40 Motorsport + 3.009
3 55 Lane Vacala BAK 40 Motorsport + 11.850
4 14 David Sterckx PPD Motorsport + 16.236
5 99 Eric Gordon BAK 40 Motorsport + 16.469
6 17 Patrick Gruszka Green Apu + 19.650
7 21 Kainan Baker Team Baccco + 3 laps
8 191 Alastair Scully Scully Racing + 5 laps

SxS

Finish Number Driver Margin
1 21 Kainan Baker 5:27.478
2 143 Tyler Remmereid + 5.171
3 28 Gray Leadbetter + 6.097
4 38 Brian Deegan + 6.690
5 9 Michael Leach + 7.076
6 199 Travis Pastrana + 8.396
7 82 Mika Block + 10.171
8 4 Donald Cerrone + 6 laps
9 15 Kira Block + 6 laps
10 13 Letícia Bufoni DNF
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