X Games 17 has come and gone. It was a weekend filled with all sorts of extreme sporting.
Motocross, skateboarding and BMX aside, we're here for is the RallyX action.
Whoever thought about placing the RallyX course in the middle of downtown Los Angeles is either insane or a genius. A small and tight street course with 8 rally cars driving head-to-head against each other? Now, that's how you make good television.
This is the X Games RallyX course, on the left you can spot the rally jump, on the right you can spot the other insane X Games jump made for the BMX and skateboarders. In the far back is the downtown Los Angeles skyline.
Liam Doran spoke to ESPN/X Games commentator, Will Mattox, before the morning's practice session started…
…as one of his mechanics looked on.
Brian Deegan took a nap on his leg just before the practice began.
This is the interior of Deegan's Fiesta. Notice the flocking on top of the dash.
Robbie Maddison's Hyundai Veloster has seen quite a bit of action in the short amount of time it's been running the streets of Los Angeles.
There were quite a few Formula D drivers in attendance at the X Games. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was one of those. Will there be FD drivers joining the RallyX fray next year? Only time will tell.
You know you're in the privateer paddock when you see a driver under his own car. That in itself garners massive amounts of respect in our book.
Stephan Verdier was having car problems all morning during the practice sessions. First, he landed a bit too hard while practicing the jump and broke an axle. Next, he gave the wall a love tap that was a just a bit too close for comfort. Luckily, his team was able to put the car back together in time for the 4 car group races.
The previous day's event winner, Liam Doran, headed out onto the track for the morning's practice session…
…and as did Dave Mirra.
When I mentioned that the course was extremely tight, I meant it. These cars only have so much space to navigate through.
Seeing Rally cars snort, pop and slide around the streets of LA was an amazing sight to see. Travis Pastrana was one of those drivers that never let the fans down with the flamboyancy of his driving.
Ken Block's HFHV (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle), gave the streets of LA quite a few kisses.
He also practiced his acrobatic skills.
During one of Block's practice runs, Ken tapped a wall damaging the front passenger side suspension rather heavily. Luckily, his team was able to put the car back together for the 4 car heats.
The transition between the paved road and the gravel section at turn two was a rather harsh one. Cars would consistently catch air as they entered the gravel section. During the break between practice and competition, the course workers smoothed out the transition.
One of the cars to watch was Michael Jernberg's Skoda. It was one of the most competitive cars throughout the weekend.
Semi-Finals Group 1D started the super rally competition. The group was headed by Marcus Granholm, Ken Block, Dave Mirra and Jimmy Keeney.
Right from the get-go, the racing was intense and very close.
But through thick and thin, Marcus Gronholm was able to walk away with the Group 1D win.
Semi-Finals Group 1C was up next with which pitted Liam Doran against Michael Jernberg, Joseph Burke and David Higgins.
The Group 1C heat took the "rubbing is racing" motto to a whole new meaning. Liam took the win for that heat.
The last battle of the semi finals pitted Tanner Foust with Stephan Verdier, Rhys Millen and Nathan Conley.
Tanner Foust drove like he knew best and took the win to move on to the quarter finals.
The quarter finals started off with an all star line up of Ken Block, David Higgins, Dillon Van Way and Rhys Millen.
Higgins took the win.
The second quarter finals race pitted Dave Mirra, Robbie Maddison and Michael Jernberg. Jernberg drove his Skoda a bit too hard and hit the wall at turn 1 and was unable to finish the race. Mirra walked away with that heat's win.
The third and final quarter finals match up was with Travis Pastrana, Jimmy Keeney, Nathan Conley and Joseph Burke. Pastrana took the win for the heat.
The last race before the 8 car final put Rhys Millen against the likes of Joseph Burke, Dillon Van Way and Jimmy Keeney. Millen walked all over the competition.
The privateers put up a good fight but in the end, the fight just wasn't strong enough. There would be no privateer cars in the final race of the day.
The last RallyX race of X Games 17 was an 8 car all out race to the finish. The 8 lucky souls to get this far were Liam Doran, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, David Higgins, Travis Pastrana, Marcus Gronholm, Dave Mirra and Rhys Millen.
Liam Doran started off very strong.
But when you have a field of eight cars that are roughly same in competitiveness, there's a whole lot of changes in position and lead throughout the race.
The final heat of the day got a bit too hot and on the last lap, Travis Pastrana slammed into the tire barrier at turn 1.
Before the accident, he was holding third position, but lost it to Marcus Gronholm.
Brian Deegan walked away with the overall win on Sunday with Tanner Foust taking second. What better way to celebrate than to light up some tires?
You can watch the Super RallyCross finals highlights here.
This year's RallyX at the X Games 17 will definitely be a hard to one to top. The only way the organizers can top the all the action that the streets of LA provided is to add more jumps. We'll just have to wait a year to find out what's in store for next year.
Additional photos provided by Mad Media and Monster Energy Drink