After an event plagued with dangerous accidents one after the other, including Toomas Heikkinen and Marcus Gronholm’s crashes, one driver was crowned with X Games Gold. Multiple WRC Champion Sébastien Loeb piloted his Citroën to the top with ease at the finals in Los Angeles.
He was quoted as saying that his main rival was Marcus Gronholm and he was sad that he was unable to race him. Although, he also said that he is just happy that Marcus is okay after his incident in qualifying the day before.
Coming in second with an amazing show of driving skill was Ken Block. He drove three out of the six laps on just his bare rim to nab the Silver medal.
He was 12 seconds behind Loeb and only a mere .42s ahead of defending champion Brian Deegan. Not bad considering the situation.
The heartbreak story of the event was Travis Pastrana getting second place in qualifying, only to be pushed into a wall at the first corner by X Games rookie Andy Scott in their heat.
Travis tried to swap out cars with his team-mate Brice Menzies, but X Games rules did not allow him to do so. He had to watch the finals from the sidelines.
The Bronze medal may not be what Brian Deegan was looking for, but considering how many incidents were in the finals I’m sure he was happy just to get on the podium.
Last year was his first ever X Games Gold medal. I am sure we will see him again next year battling for top honors.
Sébastien has already notched up over 70 WRC rally wins and now adds the X Games to his victory tally. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at X Games Rallycross 2012 in Los Angeles.